The New DBT Skills – Part 2: Interpersonal Effectiveness and Emotion Regulation

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

Date: Friday, December 2nd, 2016
Time: 9 AM – 4:00 PM (Doors open at 8:30am)
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 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 explores many of the new DBT skills. Part 1, presented in May 2016, focused on updates to the Mindfulness and Distress Tolerance skills. Part 2, the focus of this current workshop, will address important updates to the DBT Interpersonal Effectiveness and Emotion Regulation Skills. New interpersonal effectiveness skills include strategies for coping with invalidation, building new relationships, and ending harmful relationships.  Also new are the Walking the Middle Path skills, which are commonly taught to adolescents and their caregivers and involve the use of dialectics, validation, and behavioral principles with others. Newer emotion regulation skills focus on methods to move forward in valued directions in life, manage thoughts, solve problems contributing to challenging emotions, and cope ahead of time with adversity and stress.

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

  • Identify and describe at least three new DBT Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills.
  • Identify and describe at least three new DBT Emotion Regulation Skills.
  • Determine when and how to teach these skills effectively in clinical practice.

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.

Attendance in Part 1 is NOT a prerequisite for Part 2.

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 14 days prior to a schedule workshop. Refunds will not be provided after November 18th, 2016. Refunds are subject to a $50 administrative fee.

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