Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: An Introduction to Essential Components

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: An Introduction to Essential Components



Event Details

 CCMH_LI_Logo_blues_on_white Leading the way in Mental Health Training and Education for Professionals

Date:  April 2 and 3, 2020

Facilitator:  Lyndsey Davies, MSW., RSW.

This training is suitable for: Educators, Mental Health Professionals, Medical Professionals, Social Workers and Direct Service Workers.

This two-day introductory workshop is designed for clinicians who are interested in utilizing DBT in either group or individual settings with clients through the use of interactive lecture and experiential exercises. This workshop is also the prerequisite to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: Advanced training for formulating effective treatment plans for complex clients.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is an intensive out-patient therapy developed by Marsha Linehan to treat chronically suicidal clients diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.  DBT has also been adapted to treat clients with addictions, eating disorders and other complex problems.  Working with clients who experience these difficulties is extremely challenging for mental health and direct service professionals.  DBT has proven to be effective in reducing suicidal, self-harm and other impulsive behaviours and to increase client engagement in therapy.  DBT blends Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with acceptance-based strategies stemming from Zen philosophy.  A primary therapeutic task is to balance acceptance of the client with a focus on change. During this workshop, participants will learn the theoretical underpinnings of DBT, the group and individual components and DBT skills from each of the four modules.

Learning Objectives:

  • Conceptualize borderline personality disorder using the bio-social theory
  • Recognize the components of standard DBT
  • Balance validation and change strategies
  • Conduct a behavioural analysis and solution analysis of problematic behaviours
  • Be able to teach select DBT skills to clients 



  • When

  • Thursday, April 2, 2020 - Friday, April 3, 2020
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health Learning Institute
    114 Maitland Street
    Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1E1

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