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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:
- Enhancing behavioural capabilities
- Improving motivation to change (by modifying inhibitions and reinforcement contingencies)
- Assuring that new capabilities generalize to the natural environment
- Structuring the treatment environment in the ways essential to support client and therapist capabilities
- 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.
Friday March 2, 2018 from 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm & Saturday March 3, 2018 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
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. As a psychologist in the Clinic, she conducts individual and group DBT therapy and psychological assessments, supervises learners and staff, supports educational initiatives throughout the region, 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. She also recently opened a private practice, DBT Hamilton, specializing in treating individuals who experience emotion regulation and PTSD.