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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.

Date: Friday September 30, 2016 from 2:00 pm — 9:00 pm &
Saturday October 1, 2016 from 9:00 am — 5:00 pm

DBT: Part 1




About the instructor
Dr. Andrew Ekblad is a Psychologist and Project Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Duke University. He has over 10 years of clinical and research experience in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Dr. Ekblad has presented original research at international conferences and published research articles on DBT, personality disorders, substance abuse and mentoring. He is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Waterloo. In addition to ongoing clinical and research work, Dr. Ekblad works in private practice in Guelph and Toronto.

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