Description and Learning Objectives
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is an innovative treatment developed by Marsha Linehan PhD specifically for chronically suicidal patients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), however DBT is also being used to treat other populations including patients with eating disorders, addictions, anger problems and other impulsive behaviours. In addition, it has been adapted for adolescent mental health populations and for inpatient settings. This empirically validated treatment has been shown to help patients reduce suicidal and self-harm behaviour, reduce frequency of hospitalizations, remain engaged in therapy, and decrease substance use. DBT blends cognitive and behavioural interventions with acceptance-based strategies derived from mindfulness. A primary therapeutic task is to balance acceptance of the patient with a focus on change. Patients are taught a number of coping skills including mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance. Problematic behaviours are addressed in therapy using behavioural analyses and are hierarchically targeted.
Topics covered include:
- Theoretical Basis and
- Treatment Overview and Goals
- Mindfulness and Distress Tolerance
- Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness
- Behavioural Analysis
- Contingency Management
- Explain the DBT biosocial theory.
- Describe how to structure DBT.
- Discuss the content of the four skills modules
- Identify core treatment strategies for managing difficult behaviour and avoiding therapeutic impasses.
This course is designed for family physicians and mental health professionals with or without familiarity with DBT who are interested in learning strategies to treat individuals with BPD and other multi-disordered populations.
Registration for 2017
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Each day includes highly interactive lectures, as well as modelling, role-playing and video demonstrations.
Cancellations and Refunds
A $100.00 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.
Lyndsey Davies, MSW, RSW received her Master of Social Work from Wilfred Laurier University in 1998. She has been working at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health since 1999 in the areas of both addictions and mental health and has provided numerous trainings and workshops on substance use and mental health issues. Lyndsey is a Therapist in the Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic and an Adjunct Lecturer in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. She is both an individual therapist and skills group facilitator, utilizing Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, in a comprehensive DBT program and a 20 week skills group. In addition, she offers supervision to other staff members and students.
Shira Green, MSW, RSW is a therapist in the Borderline Personality Disorder clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and adjunct lecturer in the faculty of social work at the University of Toronto. She joined CAMH in 2002 after receiving her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. In addition to her clinical work, Shira is involved in the coordination, development and facilitation of training programs on Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. She is the event co-coordinator of the DBT Certificate Program at CAMH.
Alex Smith, MSW, RSW is a therapist in the Borderline Personality Disorder at CAMH, where she practices group and individual Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. She joined CAMH in 2008 after receiving her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining the BPD clinic, Alex worked in Rainbow Services where she offered addictions and mental health treatment to LGBT clients with concurrent disorders.
Janice Weston, MA received her Masters degree in clinical psychology from York University and is a therapist in the BPD clinic at CAMH. Janice works with individuals with BPD, conducts assessments and co facilitates a psycho-ed and support group for family and friends of individuals with BPD. Janice has been involved in the delivery of numerous DBT training and education sessions.
Requirements / Prerequisites
This course is designed for family physicians and mental health professionals with or without interested in learning strategies to treat individuals with BPD and others.
This continuing education event was approved for the following credits:
- The Collge of Family Physicians of Canada: 12.0 Mainpro-MI credits
- The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada: 12.0 Section 1 credits
- The American Medical Association - 12.0 Category 1 credits\
University of Toronto
NOTE: Due to the interactive training format of this course, registration is restricted to 36 participants.
Cancellations and Refunds
A $100.00 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
Should this course be cancelled for any reason CAMH is not responsible for lost monies for accommodations, flights or other incidentals.
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