Fall 2015 Intro to DBT course

The DBT Centre of Vancouver is pleased to offer a 12-week course to mental health professionals seeking to learn about Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), starting September 18th, 2015. The most widely researched treatment for problems characteristic of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), DBT is a comprehensive psychological treatment that assists persons struggling with complex problems, including recurrent suicidality, self-harm, and problems with emotion regulation.

The course takes place at our downtown office on Fridays from 10am-1pm from September 18th, 2015 through December 4th, 2015.

This Fall 2015 session is now full. Please email info@dbtvancouver.com to add your name to the wait list, in the event of a cancellation. 

This course, offered as part of an ongoing consultation and training program at the DBT Centre, covers all aspects of DBT including individual therapy, skills training, telephone consultation, and consultation teams. The teaching methods include didactics, demonstration/practice, audio and video review, and worksheets. Participants will be assigned weekly readings and between-class activities. Among the topics to be covered are:

    • Research on BPD & DBT
    • Dialectical Theory and Strategies
    • Commitment Strategies
    • Suicidal Risk Assessment and Intervention
    • Chain Analysis and Problem-Solving
    • Using Reciprocity and Irreverence
    • Managing Telephone Consultation
    • Applying Change Strategies in DBT: Solution Analysis, Cognitive Modification, Contingency Management, Exposure, & Skills Generalization
    • Skills Training in DBT: Mindfulness, Emotional Regulation, Distress Tolerance, & Interpersonal Effectiveness
    • Case Management & Consultation Teams

Dr. Alex Chapman
Alexander Chapman, Ph.D., is a Registered Psychologist, President of the DBT Centre of Vancouver, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University. He has written many publications on DBT & BPD.



Dr. John Wagner


John Wagner, Ph.D., is a Registered Psychologist, Director of the DBT Centre of Vancouver, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia. He regularly provides consultation and training to area providers.

Attendance and CE Credits

The DBT Centre of Vancouver is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) as a provider of continuing education activities. Attendees will receive a certificate confirming attendance for 36 Continuing Educcation (CE) credits. The number of CE credit hours are awarded at the end of the course and are based on the hours attended. We recommend participants to defer registration if they know they will be away for more than one class (3 CE credits per class). Typically, we are able to offer a spring and fall session each year. Refunds are not available once the class has started.

Who Can Register

As this course is one aspect of ongoing training for other clinicians at the DBT Centre, space is limited, and we can only accommodate 12 participants. Registration will be closed once space has been filled. Mental health professionals (e.g., psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counsellors, nurses) seeking to gain a better understanding of DBT and useful clinical tools to use in practice are encouraged to register. Due to the level of training in this course, registrants must have at least a Master’s degree in a mental health related field (or be working towards such a degree).

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The course will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. The total cost for professionals is $1,680 (includes GST). The student rate (available only for those who can demonstrate their student status — see instructions below) is $1218 (includes GST).







This Fall 2015 session is now full. Please email info@dbtvancouver.com to add your name to the wait list, in the event of a cancellation.