Course Description

Treating high risk, complex clients is challenging on its own. When clients engage in dysfunctional or unhelpful behaviours within treatment that challenge the therapists and/or make progress in treatment slow, it can be incredibly difficult for therapists to maintain an effective stance. Therapists struggle to know how to understand the client’s responses, how to respond effectively in the moment and how to recognize their role. This course is designed to help therapists identify and respond to client behaviours that interfere with treatment, and behaviours that burn out therapists.

Four prerequisites are required before being eligible to take this course: 0180, 0173, 0174 & 0170. See more information below.

Learner Outcomes

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe the theory and assumptions of therapy interfering behaviour.
  • Identify and accurately categorize behaviours that interfere with therapy.
  • Identify what particular vulnerabilities you as the therapist bring to the therapeutic relationship.
  • Orient the client to therapy interfering behaviours and how they will be responded to in session.
  • Learn how to respond effectively to the therapeutic moment, including the client and yourself.
  • Articulate and communicate limits to clients.
  • Understand how to extend limits in a mindful manner.

This is an advanced level DBT course. To take this course, you must be an active therapist and have successfully completed all four courses listed below prior to attending. This course applies the principles learned throughout the certificate to therapy interfering and destroying behaviour. You must already have learned those principles and strategies to be able to fully engage in this course.



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 the following four prerequisites prior to attending this course: 

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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