Unfortunately, we still hear mental health professionals refer to clients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) as "untreatable". There actually is a treatment that has proven to be effective for clients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT) (based on a modified form of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) was developed in late 1970s by Dr. Marsha M. Linehan at the University of Washington to treat people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and chronically suicidal individuals. DBT is no longer restricted to the treatment of DBT and chronically suicidal clients, and is now used in a variety of psychological treatments. Clients learn to regulate intense emotions and reactions that interfere with functioning in everyday life. It also stresses the importance of validation of the client and understanding of the client's life situation. Through DBT, clients learn the principles of dialectics; that two opposing ideas can simultaneously be true. Clients learn to reduce problem behavior, increase skillful behavior, and learn how to better understand and value themselves and others. To more fully enjoy their lives.
Why Learn Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)?
DBT will increase participants confidence and competence in working with "What Do I Do Now" clients: those whose emotional reactions to the stresses of life often result in actions/behaviors that create further invalidation and trauma for them and pain and confusion in the lives of their loved ones.
September, 2018 Intake (Now Registering)
Sept 24, 2018 to August 30, 2019
$2000 + HST: Early Bird Discount ($250) for registration and payment in full on or before July 10, 2018
Registration Deadline (when spaces available):
Sept 1, 2018
For Registration: See PDF Registration Form and Directions Below on this Page
Comprehensive Program in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Those who are licensed, registered or certified to provide mental health counselling/therapy in a particular jurisdiction including regulated professionals (example: registered psychotherapist. registered or certified psychologist, licensed physician, registered social worker, registered nurse, etc.) in good standing. Or students in the field of mental health counselling therapy (including students in the regulated professions) in good standing.
What is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy?
How Will I Learn It?
Module 1: Theory & Core Framework for DBT. The Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Model: Emotion, Emotional Dysregulation, Heightened Sensitivity and Reactivity, Emotional Vulnerability, Cues, Changing Emotional Responses. Initial Application of Dialectics for BPD.
Module 11: Dialectics, Mindfulness, Team formation and Utilization, Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention, & DBT Skills Training. Application of Dialectics for BPD (cont’d), Validation (Acceptance), Validation vs. Empathy, Levels of Validation, Validation of Actions, Cognitions, Physiological Responses and Emotions. Mindfulness, Suicidal Risk and Intervention, Skills Training.
Module 111: DBT Clinical Practice (case studies, practice scenarios, & team structure). DBT Clinical Practice (5 case studies, conceptualization, practice scenarios, & exploring team structure). The use of therapy homework, types of homework, homework and relapse prevention, dialectical dilemmas, motivational issues, steps to reducing barriers, understanding family skills training when indicated.
Module 1V: Composite Module. Practitioner Portfolio Development/Supervision Hours. Put together assessment tools that will be useful with: conceptualization, team efforts in treating DBT, and documentation. Completing recording of session and supervision Hour. Practice Development.
Help your clients stop living from crisis to crisis! DBT can help clients recognize and decrease their therapy interfering behaviors, and recognize and decrease behaviors that get in the way of mental health wellness such as intense emotional reactions and self-invalidating behaviours.
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) was originally developed to treat clients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and clients who were chronically suicidal. More recently, in addition to the treatment of BPD and suicidality, DBT has been used in the treatment of eating disorders, mood disorders, self-injury, chemical dependency, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and those with histories of sexual abuse. DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques for emotion regulation and reality-testing with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindfulness.
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We specialize in online learning in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for the mental (and physical) health professionals. We realize that educating professionals in CBT significantly expands the health and wellness resources available to our healthcare clients.
You will work in small collaborative groups within a larger class. In fact, you can register with a group of 6-8 peers and expect to complete the entire program with that same group. Alternately, you can register individually and work with people from across the country and beyond. Your collaborative learning groups will facilitate the development of critical thinking skills, the co-creation of knowledge, meaning, reflection, and transformative learning. Reciprocal scaffolding (Holton and Thomas, 2006) is utilized where collaboratively working groups are provided with opportunities to learn from the experiences and knowledge of each other.
This online program consists of weekly video lectures, weekly discussion, frequent electronic quizzes to keep you on-track, group Case Studies, two audio-taped examples of using CBT and two case conceptualizations. Each group will engage in Skype/Adobe Connect meetings on a regular basis.
Holton, D., and Clark, D. (2006). Scaffolding and metacognition. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 37, 127-143.
Program Pre-Approved by the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association
for 160 Credit Hours,Event Code 64928975
Pre-Approved by the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation for 160 CORE CEU Hours
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