Dialectical Behaviour Therapy – Components of Group and Individual Treatment



Event Details

Facilitators:  Lyndsey Davies, MSW., RSW

This training is suitable for: Educators, Mental health Professionals, Medical Professionals, Direct Service Workers 

Dates:  November 9th and 30th 2018


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.

This two day 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,

You will learn:

  • How to conceptualize borderline personality disorder using the biosocial theory
  • The components of standard DBT
  • How to balance validation and change strategies
  • How to increase client motivation to address problematic behaviours
  • How to conduct a behavioural analysis and solution analysis of problematic behaviours
  • Skills for clients, including mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness


  • When

  • Friday, November 9, 2018 - Friday, November 30, 2018
    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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