People who struggle to regulate their intense emotional experiences often feel like they are at the mercy of reactive coping patterns. It can seem like these emotional storms hijack their behavior, take control of their thinking, and hurt their relationships with other people and themselves. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) provides concepts and skills to help people have more choices, become more emotionally calm, and be more present in their lives. This workshop explores key concepts and useful skills such as tolerating distress, managing emotions, and enhancing interpersonal communication. Participants will discover which populations can benefit the most from DBT, and gain an understanding of concepts, strategies, and tools that can be applied to their work.

About This Workshop

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Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • The Components and Structure of DBT
  • Who Tends to Respond Well to DBT
  • Balancing Acceptance and Change in DBT
  • How Change Occurs in DBT
  • The Importance of Validation in DBT
  • Strategies and Tools for Mindfulness
  • Strategies and Tools for Managing Emotions
  • Strategies and Tools for Improving Interpersonal Relationships
  • Strategies and Tools for Tolerating Distress

Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop intended for social service and health care professionals, counselors, social workers, and anyone wanting to gain an increased capacity in
their counseling skills.

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, experiential practice, personal reflection, and small
group discussions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Identify what dialectical behavior therapy is, who it benefits, and how it is implemented
  • Describe the dialectical approach
  • Explain the importance of validation and practice using validation skills
  • List change strategies in DBT
  • Explain and implement skills from the four modules of DBT