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Part A - An Introduction to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

 

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.

 

 
Learning Objectives
  • 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.

 

Target Audience

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.

Time/Date/Location

Fall 2014

Delivery Method

​Each day includes highly interactive lectures, as well as modelling, role-playing and video demonstrations.

Cost

$395.00 per participant.
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.
 

Faculty

Janice Weston, MA is a therapist in the BPD clinic at CAMH. Janice works with individuals with BPD, co-facilitates skills groups and cofacilitates a psycho-ed and support group for family and friends of individuals with BPD. Janice has been involved in the delivery of numerous DBT education and training sessions.
 
Andrew Ekblad, Ph.D., C. Psych. is a Project Scientist in the BPD Clinic at CAMH and an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Ekblad has presented and published on DBT, mindfulness, borderline personality disorder, substance abuse and mentoring. Dr. Ekblad leads educational seminars and workshops for hospital, university and community mental health practitioners.
 
Carmen Wiebe, MD, FRCPC is a staff psychiatrist in the Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She offers individual therapy, group skills training and medication management within the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy programme. She coordinates University of Toronto psychiatry resident exposure to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. She also teaches extensively across Ontario on BPD and DBT, and has received several teaching awards for DBT courses, including the CPA-COPCE Award for the Most Outstanding Continuing Education Activity in Psychiatry in Canada.
 
Shira Green MSW, RSW is a social worker in the Borderline Personality
Disorder (BPD) clinic at CAMH, 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 development and facilitation of outreach, education and training programs for family members, consumers and health care providers, with a focus on DBT and BPD.

Lyndsey Davies, MSW, RSW received her Master of Social Work from Wilfred Laurier University in 1998. She has been working at CAMH since 1999 in the areas of both addictions and mental health and has provided numerous trainings and workshops in the areas of substance use and mental health issues. Lyndsey is currently a therapist in the BPD Clinic, offering DBT in both the comprehensive DBT program and 20 week skills group.

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.
 

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.

 

Certification/Credits

​While DBT The Basics may be taken alone, we are excited to offer it as one of four courses, which qualify for the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Certificate Program. For more information, please contact Shira Green at 416-535-8501 ext. 6683 or e-mail shira.green@camh.ca.

Affiliation/Partnership

​University of Toronto

 

Registration

 

FALL 2014 

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.

 

Contact

For more information please contact:
 
Janey Haggart
Education Assistant
Tel. 416-535-8501 x 6021
fax. 416-595-6617
janey.haggart@camh.ca

 

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