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2017 Webinar Series – A Non-Pharmacological Approach to Emotion Regulation: Integrating DBT with Twelve Step Philosophy.

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Addiction literature demonstrates the utility of twelve-step programming and dialectical behavior therapy in recovery. This workshop focuses on non-pharmacologic approaches to manage emotion dysregulation in early and on-going recovery through the use of an integrative model. The workshop uses segments from the curriculum developed by the presenter titled, “Integrating Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Twelve Step Philosophy” (Hazelden Publishing) incorporating evidence-based therapies DBT and twelve-step facilitation. The workshop aims to strengthen the clinician’s understanding of these two practices and become proficient in some of the newly developed skills within this curriculum. 


  1. Discuss key concepts of DBT and TSF (Twelve Step Facilitation)
  2. Compare stages and targets of DBT and twelve steps
  3. Review the modules and skills found in the integration model of DBT and Twelve Steps

Guest Presenter:

Ozzie Cabral has worked in addictions and mental health since 2002. He has expertise in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) working with individual therapy, skills training, and treating dually diagnosed clients to include those struggling with chronic mentally illness. Additional areas of specialization include aggression replacement training, cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-focused therapies, and working with co-occurring disorders.

His experience spans a range of treatment settings including residential, outpatient treatment facilities, domestic violence, sex offender clinics, and community mental health centers. For nine years, Ozzie worked at the Center for Dependency, Addiction, and Rehabilitation (CeDAR) at the University of Colorado Hospital in various roles including the Clinical Coordinator for the men’s program. While at CeDAR, he and his coworker, Bari Platter, published a comprehensive curriculum with Hazelden Publishing, focusing on the integration of Dialectical Behavior Therapy with the 12-step philosophy.

In addition, Ozzie founded and operates Song of the Wolf Healing Center, a wolf and wolf-hybrid rescue located in Bailey, Colorado, and currently sits on the governing board of the Denver Public School Rise Up Community High School. He spends his free time playing guitar, hiking in the Colorado mountains with his own wolf-hybrids, and spending time with his three daughters. He is an active member of the Denver recovery community and continues to be unfailingly committed to his own recovery.

Ozzie has a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Colorado.



October 25, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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