The DBT Skills: A Three Day Training

Presented by: John Wagner, Ph.D., R.Psych.

Dates: Wednesday – Friday, June 15th – 17th, 2016
Time: 9 AM – 4:30 PM each day
Location: Room 1315 SFU Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings St Vancouver BC (Downtown Vancouver)

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About the Workshop

The skills taught in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) contain an array of strategies designed to help people struggling in life lead happier and more productive lives. The most widely researched treatment for problems characteristic of Borderline Personality Disorder (including recurrent suicidal and self-harming behaviours), DBT teaches a variety of concrete skills for helping people be more mindful, better tolerate distress, improve interpersonal relationships, and effectively manage emotions.  These skills are increasingly being used to assist people also struggling with a variety of other mental health problems, including substance abuse, eating disorders, and treatment resistant depression.

This special 3 day training will cover the majority of the skills taught in DBT skills groups and can be used with clients both individually and in group settings. Using a variety of teaching strategies, including didactics, video and audio clips, role-plays, and experiential exercises, this workshop will provide mental health professionals with an assortment of skills they can use in better assisting their clients.

More specifically, this 3 day training will cover the following sets of skills–

Mindfulness: • What is mindfulness? • The states of mind • Observe, describe & participate • Non-judgmental, one-mindful & effective

Distress Tolerance • Crisis survival skills • Pros & cons • Radical acceptance • Willingness vs willfulness • Mindfulness of current thought

Emotion Regulation: • What good are emotions • Model for describing emotions • Problem-solving • Opposite action • Reducing vulnerability to negative emotions • Mindfulness of current emotion

Interpersonal Effectiveness: • Priorities in interpersonal relationships • Intensity for asking/saying no • DEAR MAN

Who Should Attend

This workshop is designed for mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, etc.) looking to expand their clinical repertoire by learning many of the core skills commonly taught in DBT.

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About the Presenter

Dr. John WagnerJohn Wagner, Ph.D., R. Psych., is the Director of the DBT Centre of Vancouver (DBTCV) and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship working with Dr. Marsha Linehan, the developer of DBT, and was among the first cohort of certified DBT clinicians by the Linehan Board of Certification.  He regularly consults with mental health providers working with complex psychological problems and has provided workshops across Canada.

CE Credits

The DBT Centre of Vancouver is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The DBT Centre of Vancouver maintains responsibility for the program as a provider of continuing education (CE) activities. This workshop is eligible for 18 CE credits.

Accommodations and Travel

Participants are responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodations to and within Vancouver. SFU Harbour Centre is located in downtown Vancouver and is close to public transportation hubs, including Skytrain, Seabus and the Canada Line. For more information about accommodations, visit; information on public transportation is at

Cancellation Policy

DBTCV will provide refunds up to 14 days prior to a scheduled workshop. Refunds will not be provided after June 1st, 2016 and are subject to a $100 admin fee.

Register Now

Register now as our workshops sell out. Early bird pricing in effect until May 20th, 2016. All prices include GST.












Payment Options

Registration is not available at the door.

Workshop fees include handouts, morning snack, afternoon snack and CE certificate. Workshop fees do not include travel, meals, accommodation, and other travel-related costs.

Please note, registration is closed.

Register and Pay as a Professional by Cheque or Credit Card

1. Download and complete the registration form. 

2. Email completed registration form to or fax to 604-569-1230.

You will receive a confirmation email within one business day. If you don’t receive confirmation of registration, please get in touch with Jen at