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*Effective January 15th, 2023*

***All of the Orinda-based DBT Teen/Family Classes are CLOSED for enrollment for the January module. The next entry point is the first week of March ***

We are pleased to announced the re-opening of DBT skills classes in Oakland for teens and families! Hilary Ferris White LCSW, a senior member of the Clearwater DBT team will be offering two in-person classes at her home office location near the Piedmont/Oakland border. Please reach out to Hilary directly for more information at or through the Clearwater at Class information is provided below as well as on the DBT for Teens link on our website. 

**Please note that both of these class offerings are limited to 5 families per class – 10 participants per class**


DBT class for teens (13-17 years old) and parents:

  • Tuesdays from 5:00-6:30 pm: Hilary Ferris White, LCSW (start date: 1/24/23)

DBT class for younger Teens (ages 11-13) and parents: 

  • Wednesdays  from 5:00-6:30 pm: Hilary Ferris White, LCSW (start date: 1/18/23)


Our DBT Skills classes fill up very quickly. If you interested in enrollment in an upcoming module, please submit an online inquiry right away. Our enrollment process (i.e., initial inquiry, paperwork completion, intake appointment, enrollment confirmation) can take up to 3 weeks. Please plan accordingly to provide enough time for all steps. 

In-person skills classes are currently available for COVID19 vaccinated participants, with proof of vaccination record

We are no longer requiring masks inside our clinic or classes for fully vaccinated clients who have signed our covid waiver. This policy is subject to change as per state and federal guidelines.




Dear Clearwater Clinic Community,

As a team of white-identified clinicians, we recognize that we each have inherited the legacy of toxic conditioning, culturally and personally, of white supremacy.  We strive to undo this toxic legacy in order to provide the most radically honest and compassionate service that we can to all of our clients.  Following are some of the ways we are doing this work, as individuals and as a team.  We offer this information so that our community is aware of where we are, and what we are doing to embody our values of creating a just, safe, and equitable society.

We are:

  • Engaging in an ongoing examination of the roots of privilege and unconscious oppression of others in our own personal histories, seeking to understand how this impacts our clinical work, and accessing anti-racist clinical consultation and training.
  • Learning new means of healing racism and racialized trauma on the somatic level, such as the work of Resmaa Menakem and his book My Grandmother’s Hands.
  • Supporting the work of Black Lives Matter and Standing up for Racial Justice (SURJ).
  • Participating in local community organizations that create fair and equal access to resources, such as the East Oakland Collective.
  • Learning about larger systems of institutionalized racism, such as our prison system and justice system, so that we can use our power as educated citizens in a democracy to bring about changes in laws and policy at all levels of government.
  • Speaking up and making ourselves heard when witnessing racist acts and acts of brutality and violence against people of color and the most vulnerable of those in our community.

We welcome any questions or comments you may have about how we are doing in our commitment to anti-racism at Clearwater.  For additional information about combatting racism, please see our list of resources.

The Clearwater DBT Team

View Anti-Racism Resources