Organizations, Evaluations, & Testimonials

The DBT Centre of Vancouver is proud to have given workshops to organizations across Canada (from Newfoundland to the Yukon). We are committed to individually tailoring these trainings to best meet agencies needs and always seek to provide the most up to date information available using a variety of entertaining and informative teaching strategies including slides, modeling, video and audio clips, role-plays, worksheets, group practices, and other experiential exercises.

Among some of the organizations we have worked with are:

  • Apex Secondary School
  • BC Children’s Hospital
  • BC Operational Stress Injury Clinic
  • Burnaby Hospital
  • Correctional Service Canada
  • Eastern Health
  • Executive Links
  • Lutherwood Agency
  • Portland Hotel Society
  • Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Vancouver Island Health Authority
  • Worksafe BC
  • Yukon Territorial Government

Our workshops are well received and often lead to additional trainings and/or consultations. Provided below are average ratings from over 80 days of training provided by the DBT Centre of Vancouver over the last 4 years.

Overall Satisfaction – 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree)

Overall, I am very satisfied with this training opportunity. 4.66
I would recommend this training to a colleague/friend. 4.69

Instructor Satisfaction – 1 (not at all) to 5 (extremely true)

The instructor presented the information clearly. 4.82
The instructor demonstrated enthusiasm about the material. 4.85
The instructor demonstrated expertise in relevant domains. 4.87
The instructor used effective teaching methods. 4.76

Here is what some past attendees have had to say about our trainings and consultation –

The DBT Centre of Vancouver provided stellar training for our team. Dr. Wagner and the team were skilled, structured, thoughtful, and experienced. They delivered the DBT training in an engaging and interactive manner. Through this training we have been able to set up a DBT Program at our hospital for youth and parents.

Andrea Chapman, MD, FRCPC,
Child Psychiatrist, Vancouver, BC, Canada.


The DBT Centre of Vancouver has provided multiple hours of consultation and teaching to our staff in the development of our now fully functioning DBT program. They are able to provide a professional and enjoyable learning experience and are extremely knowledgeable about DBT. I would highly recommend their consultation and educational services to other programs.

Kristen Catton, MSW, RSW, RCC
Clinical Social Work Specialist, Teaching and Consultation Clinic,
Co-Director BCMHSUS Psychotherapy Program,
Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia

The DBT Centre of Vancouver provided training to our staff group in preparation for opening the Tuckamore Centre, which is the first residential treatment centre for youth with mental health issues in the province of NL. The training was intense and detailed, yet presenters were very engaging and encouraging, which reassured us that DBT is the right model of care for our program and gave us confidence in our ability to begin using the model while we continue to practice and learn how to implement the elements of the model in the moment and in the life space of youth at the centre.

Susan MacLeod MSW, RSW
Program Manager, Mental Health and Addictions
Youth Treatment Centre
Paradise, NL

We are very fortunate to have John Wagner consulting to our new DBT team. As a trainer, he walks the talk of DBT, providing a great balance of leadership and collegiality, flexibility and structure, and he is always non-judgmental and encouraging.

Ashley Miller, MD, FRCPC, Psychiatrist, BC Children’s Hospital Outpatient Psychiatry, Vancouver, BC

If you are interested in organizing a workshop, consultation, or other training for your organization, please contact us directly at 604.569.1156 or