Course Description

In DBT, individual therapy is one of the four modes of treatment delivery. Its primary functions are to maintain and improve client motivation and commitment to treatment, individualize change strategies to specific client’s case conceptualization, and effectively respond to suicidal crises and therapy interfering behaviours -- all while maintaining a strong therapeutic alliance. Individual therapy requires the therapist to be adept at applying the principles of acceptance and change in a balanced way to maintain an effective rhythm and flow of the session. Additionally, understanding how to prioritize targets of session, balance client and therapy needs in the session, and effectively assign home practices. 

*It is highly recommended that participants take the DBT Assessment and Case Conceptualization Workshop prior to DBT Individual Therapy as key strategies taught and practiced in the Assessment and Case Conceptualization workshop will not be reviewed in depth here.

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.
  • Collaboratively identify and prioritize session agenda using the Diary Card.
  • Understand and implement dialectical strategies to respond to client behaviour throughout sessions.
  • Understand how to use data to refine case conceptualization and assign meaningful between session practice.



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

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Section Title
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Individual Therapy
Workshop Remote
W, Th
9:00AM to 4:00PM
Mar 06, 2024 to Mar 07, 2024
Schedule and Location
Total Hours
Delivery Options
Workshop Remote  
Course Fee(s)
Registration Fee non-credit $370.00
Potential Discount(s)
Section Notes

Instructor: Elisha Van Harte, MSW, RSW

Location: This workshop is being held remotely through Zoom. 

Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

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