DBT II: Clinical Practice (Intermediate)

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WORKSHOP STRUCTURE

This 12-hour, online workshop was developed for mental health professionals who have completed introductory level training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and are looking for the next steps in implementing DBT in their clinical practice. This interactive workshop relies on case conceptualization, with an emphasis on identifying areas where treatment gets stuck and learning strategies to help therapists and clients get “unstuck”.

Module Date Time Credit*
1 Case Formulation I: intro, biosocial model, goals and targets, treatment stages June 9, 2022 (Thurs) 9:00pm – 12:15pm EDT 3 hours
2 Case Formulation II: secondary targets, controlling variables, treatment plans, progress monitoring June 10, 2022 (Fri) 9:00pm – 12:15pm EDT 3 hours
3 How to get “unstuck”: validation and dialectical strategies June 23, 2022 (Thurs) 9:00pm – 12:15pm EDT 3 hours
4 Targeting therapy-interfering behaviours in clients and therapists June 24, 2022 (Fri) 9:00pm – 12:15pm EDT 3 hours

*Total continuing education credits for this course are equal to 12 hours.
Each 3-hour session includes a 15-minute break.

Download Workshop Outline

This 12-hour, online workshop was developed for mental health professionals who have completed introductory level training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and are looking for the next steps in implementing DBT in their clinical practice. Participants will reflect on their own clinical work, watch demonstrations, and engage in role plays to facilitate the application of these principles and strategies. A range of teaching methods including didactics, experiential learning, small group exercises, role playing, modeling, and video demonstrations will be employed, with examples tailored to the discussions that arise in the workshop.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

After completing the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Develop and conceptualize a full DBT case formulation
  • Reflect on problems they have encountered in DBT practice and take steps to resolve them
  • Implement a range of validation techniques
  • Coach patients effectively when they are in crisis
  • Employ a range of strategies for avoiding polarization

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This workshop is primarily designed to assist clinicians who are interested in applying DBT in part or as part of a comprehensive treatment program. A pre-requisite for this workshop is 12-hours of introductory-level training in DBT fundamentals (e.g., OPTI’s DBT Foundations or its equivalent). It is advised that attendees have some access to individual therapy and/or group skills training with multi-disordered clients so as to be able to discuss and reflect upon the workshop content in an applied and practical context.

Dr. Lisa Burckell is a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification Certified Clinician™ who received her Ph.D. in 2007 from Stony Brook University and completed both a predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowship in the Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Ontario. She joined the Borderline Personality Disorder Service at St. Joe’s in 2009 to head up the implementation of outpatient Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

Dr. Burckell left St. Joe’s in 2018 to focus on her private practice, DBT Hamilton, that she founded in 2016. At DBT Hamilton, she conducts individual and group DBT therapy and psychological assessments, supervises learners, and provides consultation to other DBT programs. Dr. Burckell has published peer-reviewed journal articles and has made several presentations at international scientific meetings. Dr. Burckell’s research focuses on therapeutic processes and outcome in the treatment of borderline personality disorder. Additionally, her research focuses on the evaluation of treatment for PTSD among individuals with co-occurring BPD and PTSD, and the influence of shame and self-compassion on the treatment outcomes for individuals participating in DBT.

COURSE MATERIALS

Participants are advised to attend with the following reading:

Linehan, M. M. (2015). DBT® Skills Training Manual. Guilford Press.

Linehan, M. M. (2015). DBT® Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets. Guilford Press.

Swenson, C. R. (2016). DBT principles in action: Acceptance, change, and dialectics. Guilford Publications.

MODE OF DELIVERY

To assure confidentiality and privacy for the workshop presentation, we use the online virtual training platform ZOOM 5.0 for health care which is PIPEDA & PHIPA compliant.