Course Description

Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) was initially developed for individuals with complex mental health problems and engaging in suicidal behaviour. It is the only evidenced-based intervention for borderline personality disorder. In the last decade DBT has been adapted to a wider range of severe emotional dysregulation disorders (bipolar, binge eating disorder) and effectively applied within a wide range of clinical settings (forensic, school, hospital, residential). DBT focuses on improving client’s ability to tolerate intense emotions, manage distressing situations without making them worse, improve interpersonal effectiveness and increase mindfulness skills all within a comprehensive, multi-mode treatment modality.

Learner Outcomes

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

  • Explain the main theories that inform DBT.
  • Describe the structure and modes of treatment of DBT.
  • Review the 5 modules of DBT Skills Group.
  • Explain dialectics and validation and its role within the treatment.
  • Describe stylistic strategies of DBT.


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


Introduction to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a prerequiste to all other workshops in the DBT certificate.

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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