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About this course

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) helps clients improve their emotional health through four core concepts: mindfulness; distress tolerance; emotion regulation; and interpersonal effectiveness. In this course will develop your knowledge and skills in all four core areas. You’ll learn how to structure DBT skills groups, teach in a more engaging manner, address problem behaviours and help clients get the most out of their homework. You’ll emerge better equipped to help clients who struggle with emotional and interpersonal difficulties to lead less troubled, more satisfying lives.

This course can be applied towards the following certificates: Dialectical Behavior Therapy

What you’ll learn

  • Prioritize treatment targets in skills groups
  • Know how DBT’s four core skills (mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness) can help people with multiple disorders.
  • Lead an effective mindfulness practice.
  • Use DBT strategies to address problem behaviours and resistance.
  • Teach skills from DBT’s core modules and how they apply to diverse problems.


Dr. Shelley McMain

Dr. Shelley McMain, PhD., C.Psych. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Toronto, Head of the Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic and a Clinician Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and Co-Founder of the Centre for MindBody Health in Toronto.  She is a clinician, supervisor, educator and researcher. Trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) in Seattle in the mid-90’s with Dr. Marsha Linehan, she obtained her DBT Individual and Group Therapist Certification. She currently serves on the DBT Strategic Planning Committee and on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Linehan Institute. Recognized as a leader in Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Canada and internationally, Dr. McMain conducts research in DBT, personality disorders, emotion regulation, suicide and self harm, substance abuse, and psychotherapy process and outcomes. She has delivered 300+ conference, colloquia, grand rounds, and trainings and is widely recognized for her excellence in DBT training.

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Last day to register this course is April 2, 2022.

Withdrawal deadline is 4 days before the course start date.

Students must attend all sessions to complete the course. If you miss any of the scheduled dates, you have the opportunity to logon to its recording at a later date. This will be deemed to be adherent to full attendance.


Price: $799

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