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Part B - An Introduction to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Description / Learning Objectives

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: The Basics Part 2 is a hands-on course providing in-depth training on the implementation of DBT across disorders and settings. This course is designed for clinicians who are interested in applying DBT with their patients whether or not they are involved in, or plan to implement, a comprehensive DBT program.  The application of DBT by clinicians doing individual and/or group therapy can help to reduce clinician burnout and increase motivation to work with patients with multiple co-occurring disorders. Particular attention is given to the challenges of working with patients presenting with borderline personality features. The strongly recommended readings for this course are Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder by Marsha Linehan, Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder by Marsha Linehan, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Clinical Practice: Applications Across Disorders and Settings by Linda Dimeff and Kelly Koerner.
Learning Objectives
• Develop a  DBT case formulation
• Identify, analyze and solve problematic behaviours
• Validate patients using a variety of techniques
• Implement strategies to reduce polarizations with patients and teams
• Coach patients to use DBT skills
• Respond to patient objections to skills use

Target Audience

This course is designed for mental health professionals who have completed an introductory level two-day DBT training and are interested in furthering their knowledge and implementation of DBT. This course is suitable for clinicians working in a variety of treatment settings across diverse patient populations.

Time / Date / Location

Fall of 2014



Professional participant fee: $495.00 CAD
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.


Shelley McMain, Ph.D., C. Psych is a researcher, clinician, and educator. As Head of the Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Clinic at CAMH and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at U of T, she has published on Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, personality disorders, the treatment of people diagnosed with concurrent disorders and psychotherapy research. A frequent speaker on DBT, she offers consultation to hospitals on the co-ordination of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy services.
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 social worker  in the BPD Clinic, offering DBT in both the comprehensive DBT program and 20 week skills group. She is also an adjunct lecturer in the faculty of social work at the University of Toronto.
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.
Cheri Faris, BMgt, MSW, RSW received her Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto. She works as a private DBT therapist at a Toronto Clinic. She has completed the CAMH Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Certificate Course and is also extensively trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Cheri facilitates workshops in DBT, Mindfulness and the principles of Recovery. She is also involved in the facilitation of peer-led skills groups, advocacy, and stigma reduction, and was nominated for the 2012 CAMH Transforming Lives Award.


​The pre-requisite for this course is a two-day introductory level DBT training.


​DBT: Intermediate Level Training qualifies as part of the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Certificate Program. For more information, please contact Shira Green at 416-535-8501 ext. 6683 or e-mail


The Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Certificate Program qualifies for accreditation. For more information, please contact Shira Green at 416-535-8501 ext. 6683 or e-mail

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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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