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Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Part 1

This two-day course will provide an overview of DBT. Participants will learn how to explain the DBT biosocial theory and competently structure DBT sessions. Core treatment strategies for managing difficult behaviours and avoiding therapeutic impasses will be presented.

As a treatment model, DBT aims to address the following goals:

  1. Enhancing behavioural capabilities
  2. Improving motivation to change (by modifying inhibitions and reinforcement contingencies)
  3. Assuring that new capabilities generalize to the natural environment
  4. Structuring the treatment environment in the ways essential to support client and therapist capabilities
  5. Enhancing therapist capabilities and motivation to treat clients effectively

In standard DBT, these functions are divided among modes of service delivery; including individual psychotherapy, group skills training, phone consultation, and therapist consultation team.

About the instructor

Dr. Burckell received her Ph.D. in 2007 from Stony Brook University, and completed both a predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowship in the Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Ontario. She joined the Borderline Personality Disorder Service at St. Joe’s in 2009 to head up the implementation of outpatient Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). She left St. Joe’s in 2018 to focus on her private practice, DBT Hamilton, that she founded in 2016. At DBT Hamilton, she conducts individual and group DBT therapy and psychological assessments, supervises learners, and provides consultation to other DBT programs. Dr. Burckell has published peer-reviewed journal articles, and has made a number of presentations at international scientific meetings. Dr. Burckell’s research focuses on therapeutic processes and outcome in the treatment of borderline personality disorder. Additionally, her research focuses on the evaluation of treatment for PTSD among individuals with co-occurring BPD and PTSD, and the influence of shame and self-compassion on the treatment outcomes for individuals participating in DBT.

Friday March 6, 2020 from 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm & Saturday March 7, 2020 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

DBT: Part 1 Fall 2019
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