Course Description

In dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), case conceptualization uses the principles and the protocols of the treatment to assess client goals and behaviours, develop a targeted treatment plan, and provide accurate interventions that ultimately bring the client to his/her life worth living goals. Case conceptualization in DBT is an iterative process, starting with the initial assessment and continuing to be refined through the beginning stages of treatment. The purpose of this workshop is to guide participants in how to conduct a comprehensive DBT assessment during the first four sessions of adherent DBT therapy in order to increase the effectiveness of therapy thereafter.

Learner Outcomes

At the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  • Understand stages of treatment.
  • Develop target hierarchy.
  • Apply biosocial theory to assessment procedures.
  • Conduct behaviour chain analysis.
  • Use validation and dialectical thinking effectively during assessment interviews.
  • Identify key controlling variables for target problems and map evidenced-based change strategies.


For more information contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Kitchener: 519-884-0710 ext. 5234
Milton: 519-884-0710 ext. 5235
Online: 519-884-0710 ext. 5235


You must complete Introduction to DBT (or an approved equivalent) prior to attending this workshop. Contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office at fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca for more information about approved equivalents.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates


This workshop is currently not available. The 2021/2022 Faculty of Social Work Professional Development course and workshop dates will be available in early July 2021.

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