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 orientation sessions and continuing to be refined throughout the entirety of treatment. 

The purpose of this workshop is to guide participants in conducting comprehensive DBT assessment during the first four orientation sessions, using the core principles and dialectical strategies to develop an initial case conceptualization.  

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 strategies effectively during assessment interviews.
  • Identify key controlling variables for target problems and map evidenced-based change strategies in an initial treatment plan.


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

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Phone: 548-889-5128

Cancellations and Transfers
Be sure to carefully review our cancellation and transfer information before registering.

Website: wlu.ca/fswpd


You must complete An 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 2024/2025 Faculty of Social Work Professional Development course and workshop dates will be available on July 8, 2024.
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