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Teaching Clients to Tolerate Distress: Getting Through Bad Situations Without Making Things Worse

  • Fri, October 14, 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • via Zoom on your computer / device


  • current chapter members
  • current board members
  • general admission cost
  • not current Central Coast Chapter members


Central Coast–CAMFT


Teaching Clients to Tolerate Distress:
Getting Through Bad Situations Without Making Things Worse

Presented By:
Suzette Bray, LMFT

A Zoom Presentation

Friday, October 14, 2022
9:00 am – 11:00 am

2 CEUs*

Our Presentation

Often, in the midst of strong emotion and feeling like things are a crisis, clients can “undo” much of their efforts to move forward by giving into crisis urges and behaving in ways that make already difficult situations worse. This presentation will provide therapists with skills that are useful for clients to use in moments of distress, as well as ways to address mood-dependent behaviors that get in the way of client’s goals.

This course is designed to give therapists a toolkit for teaching clients to tolerate distress. Attention will be paid to assisting clients in identifying and overcoming barriers to using distress tolerance skills and instead giving in to mood dependent behavior

Measurable Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to name four techniques to assist clients in reducing distress.
  2. Participants will be able to identify two ways to overcome barriers to client’s using distress tolerance skills.
  3. Participants will be able to identify components of a distress tolerance toolkit.

    About Our Presenter

    Suzette Bray, LMFT, is the author of You and Your Emotions and DBT Explained. She provides training and consultation to therapists who want to increase their ability to help their clients effectively regulate emotions. She also provides psychoeducation for clients and their loved ones about finding appropriate and effective treatment for disorders of emotional regulation, including Borderline Personality Disorder. Suzette is the founder of Wellspring Family Therapy, a group practice specializing in providing evidence-based care to individuals, couples and families. Suzette is also behind Atlas Therapy Group, assisting entrepreneurs and small business owners in optimizing their mental health, managing stress and avoiding burnout. She can be found at

    This course is suitable for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LFCCs, associates of the preceding categories, and students. This course is eligible for 2 continuing education units. Online, via Zoom. Registered attendees will receive a Zoom link at the time of registration.

    $25 Central Coast-CAMFT Members (CEUs*)
    $0 Chapter Board Members
    $15 General Admission (No CEUs)
    $30 for Non-Chapter Members (CEUs*)

    Unless otherwise specified, our courses meet the qualifications for hours of continuing education credits for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Completion of this course earns a discount on liability insurance.  You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the workshop.

    The Central Coast Chapter of CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for MFTs, Associates and students, MSWs, LEPs and LPCCs. The Central Coast Chapter of CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

    While the Central Coast Chapter of CAMFT makes every effort to assure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, there will be occasional issues with regard to presentations/workshops which will require intervention and/or action on the part of the board. This procedural description serves as a guideline for handling such grievances.

    When a participant files a grievance and expects action on the complaint, the following actions will be taken:

    1. The participant(s) will be asked to put concerns in writing (this can be in electronic form, such as an email).
    2. If the grievance concerns a presenter, the content presented by the speaker, or the style of presentation, the individual filing the grievance will be asked to put his/her comments in written format. The Board will then pass on the comments to the speaker, assuring the confidentiality of the grieved individual.
    3. If the grievance concerns a presentation/workshop offering, its content, level of presentation, or the facilities in which the workshop was offered, the Board will mediate and will be the final arbitrator. If the participant requests action, the Board will:
        • provide a credit for a subsequent presentation/workshop or
        • provide a partial or full refund of the presentation/workshop fee

        Refund Policy
        Refund policy for all events: Registrants who do not attend or fail to cancel registration seven days prior to scheduled event will be charged full fee.  The only exception will be for registrants who are unable to attend due to an emergency.  If you need to cancel, please contact Chapter President Kim Richards within 10 days of the upcoming event at (805) 458-8063 or email Kim Richards at

        Special Accommodations
        If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in any of our events, please contact Chapter President Kim Richards within 10 days of the upcoming event at 805.458.8063 or email Kim Richards at

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