About the Acacia Team

Acacia Therapy and Health Training was founded by South African, Manuela Lopes, an occupational therapist, and American, Dr. Lane Pederson, a psychologist, author and international trainer in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).

As South Africa’s leading provider of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in psychology and associated disciplines, Acacia features an online library of over 100 seminars and conducts live seminars and in-house trainings taught by our faculty of leading experts.

Whether you enjoy the convenience of receiving training online in your home or office, or prefer the energy, community, and networking that comes with joining your colleagues for a live event, Acacia is here to help you grow in your practice while meeting your CPD requirements.

Dr. Lane Pederson

Dr. Lane Pederson

Psychologist, Author, & Trainer in DBT

Dr. Pederson has provided DBT training and consultation to over 10,000 professionals in the United States, Australia, South Africa, Dubai, Canada, and Mexico through his training and consultation company, Lane Pederson and Associates, LLC.

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Manuela Lopes

Manuela Lopes

Occupational Therapist

Manuela Lopes obtained her BOcc Ther from the University of Pretoria.

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Acacia Faculty

Richard Sears

Dr. Richard Sears

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Barry Duncan

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Dr. Jeff Riggenbach

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Linda Curran

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Sheri Van Dijk

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Dr. Carol Falender

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What our delegates are saying

  • “The presenter, Lane Pederson, used humour and had an ease of conveying information through storytelling and analogies. The techniques I learned built on what I had already been doing in therapy with my clients, and after the seminar I found myself being a more compassionate and competent therapist. The principles of validation taught at the conference have even made a huge difference in my own life! The food and the service at the seminar was also excellent.”

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