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This course is developed for health professionals who have completed introductory level training in DBT and are seeking advanced training in this approach. The course is designed for health professionals who are interested in gaining more in-depth training in DBT that would be relevant for the treatment of clients across disorders and settings. The workshop format will include a range of teaching methods including didactics, small group exercises, role playing, modeling, and video tape demonstration. Participants are expected to bring their questions and clinical examples for discussion. There will be opportunities to discuss, ask questions and practise throughout the workshop.
- Develop a DBT case formulation
- Understand how to target specific problems and solve them
- Implement a range of validation techniques
- Coach patients effectively when they are in crisis
- Be familiar with a range of strategies for avoiding polarization
Topics to be covered in this two-day training include : case formulation, in-depth analysis of how to target and analyze specific problems, targeting of in-session problematic behaviours, strengthening validation strategies, coaching clients in crisis, and skills for decreasing polarization. This course is for clinicians who are interested in applying DBT in part or in a comprehensive program. This course is for mental health professionals who are conducting individual therapy and/or group skills training with multi-disordered clients.
Essential readings for this course include: Cognitive-Behavioural Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder and Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder, both authored by Marsha Linehan and published by Guilford Press. Other strongly recommended readings include: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in Clinical Practice: Applications Across Disorders and Settings by Linda Dimeff and Kelly Koerner.
A pre-requisite for this course is a two-day introductory level training in DBT or equivalent.
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.