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Doing DBT: An Advanced Intensive Training


Description/Learning Objectives

In Doing DBT: An Advanced Intensive Training the instructors will tackle typical problems in the practice of DBT, demonstrating how to address them with a fine-tuned level of detail, similar to having supervision in a group. While the syllabus will be set in advance, instructors and participants will collaborate every day in shaping the workshop to the needs, interests and clinical experiences of participants. The following topics will be covered. Each will be covered in depth for a half-day:
  • Case formulation and treatment planning.
  • Pre-Treatment: orienting, determining targets, getting agreement and commitment.
  • Behavioral chain analysis: using it expertly for assessment and treatment.
  • Mindfulness-based procedures (validation, mindfulness skills) in sessions and team.
  • Solutions in sessions: skills training, cognitive modification, and contingency procedures.
  • Informal and formal use of exposure procedures to treat problems driven by problematic emotional responses.
  • Dialectical principles and strategies in sessions and teams.
  • Using DBT principles and strategies to create and maintain a vibrant and supportive consultation team.
  • Cultivating a positive learning atmosphere in skills training groups.


Please note: This course is not part of the DBT Certificate Program


Target Audience

The instructors will assume knowledge of DBT, some experience in the practice of the treatment, and will teach at an advanced level.  
There will be a heavy focus on individual DBT therapy  and the material will be taught at an advanced level.


December 3rd to December 6th, 2013
Registration begins at 8:30 am and the course begins at 9:00 am. The sessions will finish at 5:00 pm each day.
Chestnut Residence and Conference Centre
89 Chestnut Street
Toronto, ON, M5G 1R1



The instructors will assume knowledge of DBT, some experience in the practice of the treatment, and will teach at an advanced level.  
Recommended reading: Doing DBT: A practical Guide by Kelly Koerner. 

Delivery Method

This workshop will include power point slides and handouts, but the vast majority of the training will be interactional: demonstrating and discussing the effective use of DBT’s principles and strategies in individual therapy, consultation team, and skills groups; then having participants practice with coaching and feedback. Taking the DBT practice of participants “to another level” is accomplished by focused, practical, experiential teaching (role-plays, practice exercises) with lots of feedback and discussion; with use of case examples from the instructors and the participants, and the occasional use of a video from the instructors. 


$1200.00 per person.



Charles (Charlie) Swenson, M.D., is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  As Senior Psychiatrist, he oversees the clinical care in Western and Central Massachusetts for the Department of Mental Health.  Originally trained in psychoanalysis, he undertook training in DBT and CBT beginning in 1987.  He has directed 35 ten-day DBT workshops over the past twenty years, teaching several hundred teams, and has implemented DBT in outpatient, inpatient, day treatment, residential, case management, and crisis settings.  He is considered to be an inspiring teacher who brings DBT to life with clinical examples and demonstrations. Having published numerous articles and book chapters on the uses of DBT in treating borderline personality disorder, he is currently under contract with Guilford Press, writing a book for advanced DBT therapists.  He treats his own patients—adults, adolescents, and families—in a private practice in Northampton, Massachusetts, and writes and performs songs about DBT even when they are not requested.
Kelly Koerner, is Creative Director of the Evidence-Based Practice Institute, LLC, where she combines technology, design, and social enterprise to help clinicians improve clients' outcomes. She is an expert clinician, clinical supervisor, and trainer in Dialectical Behavior Therapy with specialized training in other evidence-based practices. As a trainer, she is known for her warmth and highly engaging, practical teaching style. She is adjunct clinical faculty at the University of Washington. Her recent book is, Doing Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Practical Guide.


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Cancellations and Refunds
A $250.00 handling fee will be deducted upon cancellation. Refund requests by fax or email must be received 2 weeks before start date. In addition, The fees are non-transferable.
Cancellation of Courses
CAMH reserves the right to cancel any program due to under-enrolment, or any course due to work stoppages, instructor illness or inclement weather. If a course is cancelled CAMH is responsible for refunding only the course fee.


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