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Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT): An introduction to essential components

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Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT): An introduction to essential components

Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT): An introduction to essential components

Presented by SickKids CCMH Learning Institute

Dates: March 10 and 24, 2023
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET
Facilitator: Lyndsey Davies, MSW, RSW

This introductory training is designed for clinicians who are interested in utilizing dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) in either group or individual settings with clients. Material will be presented using interactive lecture and experiential exercises.

DBT is an intensive outpatient therapy developed by Marsha Linehan to treat chronically suicidal clients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. It 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 the acceptance of the client with a focus on change.

During this webinar, participants will learn the theoretical underpinnings of DBT, aspects of the individual component of DBT, and skills from each of the four modules taught in DBT Skills groups: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Learning objectives:

  • Conceptualize borderline personality disorder using the biosocial 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

Registration fee:
General - $500 |  Student - $450

For full program overview and registration details please visit:

*Please note: This program is the prerequisite to Dialectical behaviour therapy advanced training: Formulating effective treatment plans for complex clients.

Continuing Education (CE) information: 12 CE hours

SickKids CCMH Learning Institute has approval from the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) for participants of our programming to apply the number of CE hours earned in the program towards their continuing education hours.

Other licensing boards and professional organizations will grant continuing education credits for attendance at their own discretion; participants will need to submit the course outline and certificate for their consideration.

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