Webinar: Exploring the Myths and Benefits of DBT


Skills taught in Family Connections™ are based on dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). They have improved the lives of thousands around the world that are currently in relationships with someone who struggles with BPD or emotion dysregulation.
Please join us for a 90-minute zoom webinar to learn what’s needed to be a more skillful version of yourself to your life and to the relationships you care about.


May 18, 2022 01:00 PM EST

Presented by

Dr. Gillian Galen & Dr. Blaise Aguirre
Members of Harvard University’s Medical School Faculty and co-authors of “DBT for Dummies.

Gillian C. Galen, PsyD, is a senior child and adolescent psychologist specializing in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). She is he program director of the 3East DBT residential programs and the director of training for the 3East continuum, an array of programs for teens that uses DBT to target self-endangering behaviors and symptoms of borderline personality disorder. She has extensive experience diagnosing and treating adolescents and young adults who struggle with emotion dysregulation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and self-endangering behaviors, such as self-injury and suicidal behaviors.

Dr. Galen has a particular interest in the use of mindfulness in the treatment of borderline personality disorder and psychiatric ilnesses. She is the co-author of the books Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder, Coping with BPD, and DBT for Dummies.

Blaise Aguirre, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist. He is a trainer in, and specializes in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) as well as other treatment such as mentallization -based treatment (MBT) for borderline personality disorder and associated conditions. He is the founding medical director of 3East continuum of care, an array of programs for teens that uses DBT to target self-endangering behaviors as well as the symptoms of borderline personality disorder (BOD) traits. Dr. Aguirre has been a staff psychiatrist at McLean Hospital since 2000 and is nationally and internationally recognized for his extensive work in the treatment of mood and personality disorders in adolescents. He lectures regularly throughout the world.

Dr. Aguirre is the author of or co-author of many books including Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescents, Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder, Coping with BPD, Fighting Back and DBT for Dummies.

Webinar: DBT Skill of Interpersonal Effectiveness with a Focus on Cultural Issues


Josephine Au, who is originally from Hong Kong, grew up in a culture that values humility, filial piety, and group interest. She will facilitate discussions on applications of DBT interpersonal effectiveness IPE) skills in different cultural contexts, with particular focus on the balance between GIVE and FAST. She encourages participants to bring up challenges they have faced when practicing IPE skills.


May 23, 2022 05:00 PM EST on Zoom

Presented by

Josephine S. Au, PhD
Staff Psychologist at PediMIND Program and 3East Residential Programs
Harvard Medical School – Instructor in Psychology

Josephine S. Au, PhD, provides dialectical behavior therapy  to adolescents who struggle with emotion dysregulation.  She works closely with patients and their parents, with the goal of improving teens’ relationships and creating an environment conducive to emotional growth.  Her research broadly focuses on identifying typologies of suicidal patients that correspond to different evidence-based interventions.

Dr. Au is particular drawn to the importance of early intervention and family involvement in suicide prevention.  She has worked  in various settings in order to better understand the journey of suicidal patient through the health care system, including a suicide hotline and treatment programs at varying levels of care.