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Part B - An Introduction to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: Part B-An Introduction to DBT 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.

Topics covered include:

  • Overview of Case Formulation
  • Validation and Case Formulation 
  • Problem Solving and Case Formulation 
  • Formulating a Case 
  • Avoiding Polarisation 
  • DBT Skills Coaching Protocol 
  • Responding to Objections to Skills

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.  

Registration for 2016

For more information on the DBT Introduction Course please complete this form:

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Introduction course 2016-course information form
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 Associate 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.
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 national and international teaching awards.

Michelle Leybman, Ph.D., C. Psych is a clinician and researcher in the BPD clinic at CAMH. While completing her PhD at McGill University, she joined the BPD clinic in 2011 as an intern. She has continued to work at the clinic first as a postdoctoral fellow, and now as a psychologist. In addition to clinical and research work, Michelle has been involved in the development and facilitation of various outreach programs to educate health care providers and members of the community about DBT and BPD. She has also offered consultation to hospitals regarding the coordination of DBT services.

Tali Boritz, Ph.D., C. Psych is a clinician and researcher in the BPD clinic at CAMH. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from York University and joined the BPD Clinic in 2012. Tali is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Her research primarily focuses on identifying factors and variables associated with psychotherapy effectiveness. In addition to her clinical and research work, Tali has an active interest in teaching and clinical training.

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.
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. 


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


Ths continuing education event was approved for the following credits:

  • The College 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

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University of Toronto

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November 19 - 20, 2015 - FULL

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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