CATEGORY: Dr. Lisa Burckell

DBT Foundations

Course Access: Lifetime
Course Overview

This 12-hour, online workshop provides a foundational overview of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. It will cover the fundamentals of DBT, explaining the DBT biosocial theory and how to competently structure DBT sessions and also explore core treatment strategies for managing difficult behaviours and avoiding therapeutic impasses. Participants will have the opportunity to practice these skills in the workshop and learn through lecture, role-plays, and discussions that illustrate specific teaching points.

As a treatment model, DBT aims to address the following goals:

  1. Enhancing behavioural capabilities
  2. Improving motivation to change (by modifying inhibitions and reinforcement contingencies)
  3. Assuring that new capabilities generalize to the natural environment
  4. Structuring the treatment environment in the ways essential to support client and therapist capabilities
  5. Enhancing therapist capabilities and motivation to treat clients effectively


After completing the workshop, participants will be able to

  • Recognize criteria for borderline personality disorder and emotion dysregulation
  • Explain the biosocial model and use validation effectively
  • Identify key elements of a behavioural analysis and define specific treatment targets
  • Reinforce adaptive client behaviours and extinguish maladaptive ones
  • Differentiate between DBT’s four skills modules and understand their role in training


This foundational workshop targets health care professionals with basic therapy experience or knowledge of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), specifically those who are interested in learning how to implement DBT either as an adjunct to other treatment approaches, or within a broader healthcare context.