Advanced Dialectical Behavior Therapy

dialectical behaviour therapy course prince george

Many therapists have been introduced to core concepts of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) through Sheri Van Dijk's workshop "Calming the Emotional Storm", as well as through her books. The Advanced Dialectical Behavior Therapy workshop is intended for clinicians with a basic understanding of DBT who want to develop more sophisticated and targeted interventions by:

1) Delving further into treatment planning from a DBT perspective and learning how to decide which DBT interventions will best suit a client's needs
2) Exploring how to teach the DBT skills to clients in relation to Axis I diagnoses, such as depression, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorder
3) Discussing what to do when interventions don't seem to be moving the client forward
4) Taking a closer look at the role of the DBT consultation team

*We strongly recommend students complete the Dialectical Behavior Therapy workshop offered through UNBC Continuing Studies prior to taking the Advanced Dialectical Behavior Therapy.*

Learning Outcomes

  • How to use DBT strategies and skills to treat psychiatric illnesses other than borderline personality disorder, including bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety, and issues such as anger, grief, and self-esteem
  • Awareness of challenges that new DBT therapists encounter, ideas to help therapists deal with client "resistance", and techniques to help clinicians manage escalating emotions during the session
  • Expand your knowledge of DBT strategies and skills through lecture, role-play, video analysis of clients, and practical exercises
  • Focus more on how to apply the DBT skills to your own personal and professional life, and learn how these skills will help to reduce feelings of ineffectiveness and burnout with clients
  • Enhance your skills in validation and being non-judgmental in order to help your clients learn to tolerate their emotional experiences and move forward
  • Practice considering clients from a behaviour theory perspective to help you analyze what might be keeping people stuck
  • Learn more dialectical strategies to help clients move forward in treatment, and to elicit commitment to working
Prince George, BC
Dates to be announced

Course Prerequisites

We strongly recommend students complete the Dialectical Behavior Therapy workshop offered through UNBC Continuing Studies.