The New DBT Skills – Part 1: Mindfulness and Distress Tolerance

Presented by: Alex Chapman, Ph.D. & John Wagner, Ph.D.

Date: Friday, May 6th, 2016
Time: 9 AM – 4:30 PM
Location: Italian Cultural Centre; Trattoria Hall
3075 Slocan St Vancouver BC

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About the Workshop

The publication of the 2nd edition of Dr. Marsha Linehan’s DBT Skills Training Manual in 2015 greatly expanded the skills available for assisting clients struggling with a range of psychological problems. The second edition is more than 4 times the length of the first and includes a booklet of new handouts. This special 2-part training* will explore many of the new DBT skills. Some of the topics will include ways to deepen clients’ (and clinicians’) understanding of mindfulness, strategies for building new relationships and ending destructive ones, methods to move forward in valued directions in life, problem-solving skills, and strategies for use in helping clients better manage addictions.

Part one of this workshop will focus on the new mindfulness and distress tolerance skills. In the area of mindfulness skills, the workshop will provide guidance on how to understand and address mindfulness from a spiritual perspective, how to use mindfulness to increase compassion and wisdom, and how to walking the middle path by balancing “being mind” with “doing mind”. Some of the newer distress tolerance skills include effective methods for reducing extreme emotions quickly and a variety of techniques for working with addictions.

By the end of this training, participants should be able to:

  • Identify at least 5 new ways to practice mindfulness.
  • Better explain mindfulness from a spiritual perspective.
  • Identify the role of Being Mind and Doing Mind in achieving better life balance.
  • Describe new methods for reducing intense emotions easily.
  • Explain at least 4 additional skills to overcome addictions

*Part two of of this training–Interpersonal Effectiveness and Emotion Regulation– will be offered in the Fall of 2016.

About the Presenters

Alex ChapmanDr. Alex Chapman, R.Psych. is the President of the DBT Centre of Vancouver and a Professor and Coordinator of the Clinical Science area in the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University (SFU).




J.WagnerDr. John Wagner, R. Psych., is the Director of the DBT Centre of Vancouver and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia


Recommended Reading

Linehan, M. M. (2015). DBT skills training manual. New York: Guilford.

Linehan, M., M. (2015). DBT skills training handouts and worksheets. New York: Guilford.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is intended for psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors, and other mental health professionals who have already had exposure to the DBT skills covered in the first edition of Dr. Linehan’s Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder. While some of these new strategies can be used independently of the previous skills, a good working knowledge of them is important for successfully incorporating the new skills into your practice.

Continuing Education (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 a provider of continuing education (CE) activities. This workshop is eligible for 6 CE credits.

Cancellation policy

Refunds will be provided up to 10 days prior to a schedule workshop. Refunds will not be provided after April 26th, 2016. Refunds are subject to a $50 administrative fee.

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