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"Work-life balance is about finding the daily rhythm that allows you to enjoy the journey of life while passionately pursuing professional growth and learning. It's crafting a life where work enriches your life's experiences, and those experiences, in turn, enhance your work."

Are you feeling less than thrilled about your continuing education classes? Tired of shivering through those frosty conference rooms after snagging a "free breakfast" bagel and fruit? Maybe the rhythmic tap-tap-tap of laptop keys is more distracting than engaging, and the PowerPoint presentation feels like a rerun of your handout, giving you major déjà vu vibes.

On a personal note, are you battling stress and burnout? Does it seem like work has taken over your life, leaving you desperately in need of a getaway to recharge for both your personal and professional well-being?

Why not tackle both of these challenges with one swoop?


Where Self Meets Career

Pathways to Progress: DBT  Skills for Professionals

October 1-4, 2024
Oak Island, North Carolina

Experience the ultimate oceanfront getaway at our exquisite 9-bedroom beachfront home, in Oak Island, North Carolina, where luxury meets tranquility.  As one of North Carolina's unique south-facing barrier islands, visitors can delight in the rare opportunity to witness both the sunrise and sunset over the ocean from the same stretch of pristine sand.  OKI boasts a family-oriented atmosphere, featuring peaceful streets, pedestrian paths, cycling routes, recreational trails, and numerous parks. It is also home to the Oak Island Nature Center, offering trails and exhibits on fossils and local wildlife. Additionally, the Oak Island Lighthouse provides stunning panoramic views of Caswell Beach and Bald Head Island.

From the moment you arrive, you'll be swept away by the breathtaking views and welcomed with a warm meet and greet social on our expansive oceanfront deck. Indulge in a sumptuous meal prepared by a private chef, setting the tone for a stay filled with pampering and relaxation.

Each day promises a new adventure, beginning with invigorating morning yoga on the soft sands of the beach, followed by an exciting dolphin-watching and sightseeing cruise. Revel in the sun with ample beach time, or explore the island's charm through leisurely bike rides. Savor more culinary delights prepared by our local chef, ensuring every meal is an unforgettable part of your experience.

Not only will you enjoy these leisurely pursuits, but you will also enrich your stay with 10 hours of DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) Skill Building Training by Jennifer Cobb, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Consultant

Connect with nature, indulge in luxury, and foster new friendships. Don't miss the opportunity to create memories that will last a lifetime!  Limited Availability

Meet Jennifer Cobb, LCSW, DBTC

As the owner of a thriving group private practice, Guilford Counseling, PLLC, Jennifer specializes in helping clinicians build value-centered private and group practices.  Jennifer opened her practice in 2011 and has grown past 25+ employees.  Her practice specializes in DBT and she has combined her research around developmental trauma with DBT to create TF-DBT, which she trains other clinicians on.  She is a fierce advocate for employee and entrepreneur wellness and believes in building your work around your life rather than building your life around your work.

Your Investment
  • Oceanview Private Room         $2289.00​​

  • Standard Private Room             $2189.00

  • Shared Room                             $1738.00

  • Guest Add On w/CE                 $1100.00

  • Guest Add On w/o CE              $ 955.00

30% non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot.  Discount if paid in full.  Payment plans are availabe.

  • Luxury Accommodations

  • Onsite Meals by Private Chef

  • Dolphin/Sightseeing Tour

  • Daily Yoga

  • Onsite Entertainment

  • 10 Hours Continuing Ed.


Something for Everyone


This day retreat offered an ideal setting to delve into serving transgender and non-binary clients while earning 8 continuing education credits. The relaxed group atmosphere provided ample time for learning, laughter, and connection with wonderful peers.


A holiday party was a heartwarming occasion that brought work family together, not just as colleagues, but as a true community. In a setting away from the office, we shared laughter, stories, and joy, deepening our connections and appreciating each other in a new light.

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