Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (DBT-PTSD)

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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (DBT-PTSD)

February 22, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join this dynamic and interactive online course offered through University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies featuring two internationally renowned DBT clinicians and researchers.

Dates: February 22 – April 19 (no class March 15)
Webinar Times: 9a – 1p EST
Tuition: $1,099 CDN + HST
Delivery: Online

This 8-week course provides a comprehensive examination of DBT-PTSD based on a psycho-social model. Within this model, dysfunctional behaviors are understood as strategies to avoid or escape from trauma-associated primary emotions like powerlessness, threat, anxiety, disgust, humiliation or sexual arousal. The model posits that these emotions are corroborated by dysfunctional cognitive assumptions and dysfunctional behaviors such as self-injury, suicidal ideation, dissociation or intoxication and that problematic secondary emotions such as shame, guilt, self-hatred or chronic anger develop over time into problematic self-concepts which impair quality of life.

DBT-PTSD helps patients: a). Revise their fear of trauma-associated primary emotions, b). Question whether secondary emotions like guilt and shame fit the facts, and c). Radically accept the fact of trauma in their lives in order to establish a life worth living. The treatment program is designed to be delivered in a residential program (three-months) or in an outpatient setting (45 weeks).


  • Describe the basic psychosocial and neurobehavioral principles of complex PTSD
  • Implement the principles of DBT-PTSD within your clinical practice
  • Develop an individualized trauma model
  • Teach your client skills for dissociation, distress tolerance, and regulation of trauma-related emotions
  • Conduct in-sensu exposure
  • Help your clients create a life worth living

Registrants will retain access to the course material and recordings of all classes for 30 days after the course training concludes. All registrants will be able to download core content (PPT OR PDF) and hear recordings of classes.

Class recordings cannot be downloaded.


Martin BohusMartin Bohus, MD, received his specialty in Psychiatry and in Psychosomatic Medicine. Since 2003 he holds the Chair of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at Heidelberg University and is Scientific Director at the Central Institute of Mental Health (Mannheim). He holds a visiting professorship at University of Antwerp and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bohus has received several awards for psychotherapy research. He is past president of the European Society for the Studies of Personality Disorders (ESSPD) and president of the German Association for DBT. He was President and initiator of the First International Congress on Borderline Personality Disorder, Berlin 2010.

Dr. Bohus has published 80+ original papers and 45 books, mainly on psychopathology and treatment development of affective dysregulation in borderline personality disorders, particularly pain perception, emotional learning and dissociative features, and trauma related behavior.


Shelley McMain, Ph.D. is the Head of the Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic and a Clinician Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Canada. She is the Director of the Psychotherapy, Humanities, and Psychosocial Interventions Division and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, Canada.

Dr. McMain is a clinician, supervisor, educator and researcher and has received numerous awards for her psychotherapy research and teaching. She is the President-elect of the Society for Psychotherapy Research and a Certified Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) clinician. Her research interests are in the areas of borderline personality disorder, DBT, emotion dysregulation, suicidal and self-harm behavior, and psychotherapy process and outcomes. She has published extensively on borderline personality disorder and mechanisms and mediators of psychotherapy outcome.

This course has a webinar component which will be recorded for review.
Audience: Multi-disciplinary mental health professionals interested in treating complex PTSD using evidence-based principles and procedures.
Basic knowledge of DBT is recommended.