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DBT Online

DBT Informed Practice (36 hours)

Format: Asynchronous (online, self-directed)
Cost: $895 + HST

No textbook required. 

Highlights of this course:

  • 36 hours of study — must be completed within a maximum of 12 weeks
  • Students will require practice with clients (live or “mock”)

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Course Overview and Outline

Over the course of their practice, therapists will experience regular clinical encounters with clients who are overwhelmed by their emotions. These overwhelming emotions often serve as a roadblock to deeper therapeutic work.

Many believe that in today’s market, clinicians and practitioners need at least 3 of the “big 5” modalities that are most used today (namely Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Marriage and Family Systems Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)).

DBT was developed to support those who struggle with suicidal behaviour, borderline personality disorder, emotion dysregulation, substance use, eating disorders, bipolar and other mood disorders. DBT is a comprehensive treatment modality comprised of 4 interconnected modes of intervention: individual therapy, skills training, coaching, and consultation teams. Throughout this course, students will examine the function of each of these modes and have opportunities to practice their growing skills in these areas through role playing and other group exercises. Students then apply their knowledge to case studies and/or real case examples.

Eligibility and Certification

ADLER’s Faculty of Continuing Education offers certificate programs that incorporate a case-based learning approach, encompassing theoretical discussion supported by real-life cases, scenarios, and role-playing. This approach affords participants the opportunity to experience the actual, day-to-day challenges encountered by most therapists.

Many ADLER Continuing Education courses qualify for programs like the continuing education credit hours for the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Contact your organization to determine eligibility of a particular course.

Note that this DBT course is only suitable for students with clinical backgrounds, who are trained and capable of managing clients who are, or can be, in crisis.

As the materials covered in this course teach students how to help clients achieve greater emotional stability, this course is intended for those who work in community and private practices with issues such as suicidality, self-harm, and various personality disorders. Upon completion and submission of all assignments, and following their review by the teaching team, students will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course.

Disclaimer: Please note that completing this course does not qualify you to register with any regulatory body in Ontario (e.g. the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), or the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)). There is no formal accreditation process for DBT in Canada, however the successful completion of this course will satisfy most continuing education requirements. The entire process for certification can be found at http://www.dbt-lbc.org. 

Getting Started

Once payment is received, you will receive an enrolment email with a UserID and a temporary password; these will allow you to enter the course software and begin. This enrolment email will take approximately seven business days to be processed. PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER DURING THIS TIME. If you do not see this email within seven business days, please contact us. 

Please note that all of our online courses have a set amount of time for you to complete your courseworkFor this course, the maximum allotted period is 12 weeks. Your window begins upon receipt of your enrollment email. To ensure that you are given sufficient time to complete all of the material, please purchase your course no sooner than 5-7 business days prior to the date that you intend to begin studying, as this is how long it takes for the license key to be generated from the time you make your purchase. Your countdown will begin upon receipt of your enrollment email, and not upon your using the information there contained to access the course.  We uphold a policy that we do not extend or re-open the software to you once your 12-week period of learning is up. Plan accordingly: if you will be away, you must catch up on your work.

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Contact Us

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