Course Description

Treating high risk, complex clients is challenging in its own right. When clients engage in dysfunctional behaviours within treatment that challenge the therapists it can be incredibly difficult to continue with effective treatment. This workshop is designed to help therapists identify and respond to client behaviours that interfere with treatment, and behaviours that burn out therapists.

Learner Outcomes

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

  • Describe the theory and assumptions of therapy interfering behaviour.
  • Balance acceptance/validation strategies with change strategies in a dialectical style.
  • Orient the client to therapy interfering behaviours and how they will be responded to in session.
  • Identify and accurately categorize behaviours that interfere with therapy.
  • Articulate and communicate limits to clients.
  • Understand how to extend limits in a consistent manner.
  • Understand how to respond to clients who refuse to change therapy interfering behaviour, or how to respond to your own emotional dysregulation.


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


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Section Title
DBT Therapy Destroying Behaviours (Kitchener Remote)
W, Th
9:00AM to 4:00PM
Jun 23, 2021 to Jun 24, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Workshop Remote  
Course Fee(s)
Registration Fee non-credit $330.00
Potential Discount(s)
Section Notes

Elisha Van Harte, MSW, RSW

For our 2020/2021 program, all in-person workshops are being live streamed through Zoom. Once the pandemic restrictions have been lifted, these workshops will once again be held in person at our Kitchener location at 120 Duke Street West.

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