Date & Time: Friday, February 23rd, 2018 from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Registration/Networking begins at 12:30pm
Presentation from 1:00pm to 3:oopm, with networking time afterward
Cost: $20 for Licensed/Certified, $15 for Students and Associate MFTs/SWs
Continuing Ed: Two (2) Hrs/Units for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, & CCAPP Drug Counselors, provided by Elizabeth Irias, LMFT
Note: Space is limited so register soon! RSVP required
To Register:
NOW House Mindful Awareness Center and Irias Psychotherapy & Consulting Services invite you to a Continuing Education event about Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and mindfulness. This presentation will provide attendees with an understanding about how DBT defines and uses mindfulness skills in treatment, and will give clinicians the opportunity to learn the core mindfulness skills in DBT. This presentation will provide attendees with information and skills about effective mindfulness-based care, as well as an in-vivo mindfulness practice that clinicians can integrate both in their client-based work and their personal lives.
Learning Objectives:
  • Describe DBT and its four modules
  • Learn a practical working definition of mindfulness
  • Learn how mindfulness is an essential skill for the other three DBT modules
  • List three ways in which meditation helps develop mindfulness
  • Learn techniques for a mindfulness and meditation practice that can be used in one’s personal life or in clinical practice

Moderated By:

Elizabeth Irias, LMFT #80500
Elizabeth Irias is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with specializations in Utilization Review, Clinical Management, and Quality Assurance. As a consultant and CAMFT CEPA/CCAPP-approved CE provider, Elizabeth works closely with clinical teams across the United States to improve their quality of care, documentation practices, and utilization review outcomes, and she is a regular conference and seminar presenter. She operates a private practice in Westlake Village where she provides adolescent/young adult therapy, family therapy, and addictive disorder treatment.
Presenters Include:
John Irias, LMFT #88364
Private Practitioner/Owner
John provides individual and family therapy with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy-based interventions to help develop mindfulness, improve emotion regulation and distress tolerance, and build healthy interpersonal relationships, both in his private practice and as a staff therapist at Optimum Performance Institute in Woodland Hills. John has worked in community outpatient and residential settings with children, adolescents, and adults throughout LA and Ventura Counties, and his experience has included working with depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, personality disorders, bipolar disorders, and other persistent mental illnesses.
Frank Baird, LMFT #35415, LPCC #218
Private Practitioner/Owner
Frank is a UCLA MARC-certified Mindfulness Facilitator, and the Clinical Director and Founder of NOW House Mindful Awareness Center. He has supervised therapists in training at NOW House Therapy Center, California Family Counseling Center at Philips Graduate Institute, Valley Trauma Center, and in his private practice, and has received a number of awards for his work, including Kaiser’s Everyday Hero Award and the Safe Passage Good Samaritan Award. He is also founder of Venture Humanity, Inc., an organization dedicated to developing and facilitating peace, violence prevention and community projects.

Attendees are encouraged to eat lunch beforehand; light refreshments will be served. Parking is free, and attendees can park in any unmarked spot.

Course Qualifications: This course meets the qualifications for (2) hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences through CAMFT CEPA. Course also meets the qualifications for (2) units of continuing education credit for Alcohol and Drug Counselors through CCAPP. Elizabeth Irias, LMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. CAMFT CEPA-approved CE Provider #99380, CCAPP-approved CE provider #5-17-274-1119.

Certificates: Certificates will be awarded to participants immediately following the end of the presentation. Only participants who attended the course in its entirety will be given a certificate of completion, and there will be a required sign in and sign out procedure at the onset and conclusion of the presentation. Partial credit will not be provided.

Accommodations: Reasonable accommodations can be made for individuals with disabilities as needed. If participants have accommodation needs, please contact Frank Baird at or (818)532-7690‬ or Elizabeth Irias at or (805)996-0604.

Grievances: In the event of a grievance, participants are asked to put concerns in writing and submit via email to All grievances reported to the CE Program Administrator will be responded to within 6 business days.