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About this course

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is designed to help people with multiple disorders learn to effectively cope with painful emotions and increase behavioural control. This course will introduce you to the DBT model, its fundamental principles and core treatment strategies. Treating clients with multiple problems can be difficult and you’ll learn to keep your clients positively engaged and working toward their long-term goals. Through lectures, multimedia, role-play and discussion, you’ll emerge better equipped in your clinical work to effectively and compassionately respond to your clients.

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

What you’ll learn

  • Explain the biosocial theory behind Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).
  • Structure treatment according to level of severity and prioritize treatment targets.
  • Enhance motivation and commitment to treatment goals.
  • Identify different ways of expressing validation.
  • Coach clients through obstacles that arise during treatment.

Instructor: 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.


Please register at least 4 days prior to the course starts to receive Quercus access to course materials before the first class.
Withdrawal deadline is before the first class.
Students must attend all in-class sessions to complete the course.  If you miss any of the scheduled dates, you will need to re-register into the course at a later date.

Price: $649

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