Dr. Caroline Perjessy, assistant professor and director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program (MA) at Argosy University, Tampa and Argosy University, Sarasota recently held a webinar for Chi Sigma Iota, Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society International.
Perjessy’s discussion topic was the “Implementation of Effective Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Strategies in Your Clinical Work With Adolescent Females.” She focused on the key benefits and strategies of using DBT—specifically adolescent females who benefit from the Linehan adolescent module called “Walking the Middle Path.”
Those participating in the webinar learned about the basic assumptions of dialectics, how that presents in adolescents, and how to work therapeutically with them.
Perjessy specializes in the treatment of trauma and women’s issues and operates from a humanistic-constructivist perspective. Her research interests relate to trauma, doctoral education, and online learning and pedagogy. She is also trained in DBT and has used DBT in private practice and community mental health settings, primarily in group format.
She is also a Certified Professional Clinical Supervisor (CPCS) and conducts supervision from a postmodern perspective. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the states of Ohio and Georgia and is in the process of obtaining her Florida LMHC license. Perjessy utilizes qualitative methodologies primarily, and she has explored issues ranging from sexual abuse of adolescents to how women complete their doctoral education. She has presented at regional, national, and international conferences and has been published in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.