Course Description

In DBT, individual therapy is one of the four modes of treatment delivery. Its primary functions are to maintain client motivation and commitment to treatment, individualize change strategies to specific client’s case formulation, and effectively respond to suicidal crises and therapy interfering behaviours all while maintaining a strong therapeutic alliance.

Learner Outcomes

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

  • Effectively use DBT commitment to develop and strengthen client motivation and commitment.
  • Structure individual therapy sessions.
  • Understand and implement dialectical strategies to respond to impasse in treatment.
  • Balance irreverent and reciprocal forms of communication.



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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