DBT Foundations: Fundamental Concepts and Practices

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DBT Foundations: Fundamental Concepts and Practices

A 12-hour continuing education online workshop for mental health professionals interested in beginning Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

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For more details on workshop structure, presenter bio and continuing education credits, please click here for a downloadable pdf.

Join DBT®-Linehan Board of Certification™ Certified Clinician Dr. Lisa Burckell for an engaging, in-depth introduction to the fundamentals of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

OPTI’s 12-hour online workshop gives you the fundamental concepts and practices of DBT, a comprehensive, evidence-based approach that is rooted in balancing acceptance and change-oriented strategies in psychotherapy.

Learn how to competently structure DBT sessions, manage difficult behaviours and avoid therapeutic impasses when dealing with clients. Take advantage of OPTI’s accessible, hands-on learning format which features engaging in-class practice of therapeutic strategies, small-group discussions, and role plays that illustrate key learning points.


This foundational workshop targets health care professionals with basic therapy experience or knowledge of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), specifically those who are interested in learning how to implement DBT either as an adjunct to other treatment approaches, or within a broader healthcare context.


After completing the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize criteria for borderline personality disorder and emotion dysregulation
  • Explain the biosocial model and use validation effectively
  • Identify key elements of a behavioural analysis and define specific treatment targets
  • Reinforce adaptive client behaviours and extinguish maladaptive ones
  • Differentiate between DBT’s four skills modules and understand their role in training


For more details on workshop structure, presenter bio and continuing education credits, please click here for a downloadable pdf.


Participants are advised to attend with the following reading:

  • Linehan, M. M. (2015). DBT® Skills Training Manual. Guilford Press.
  • Linehan, M. M. (2015). DBT® Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets. Guilford Press.
  • Koerner, K. (2012). Doing Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Practical Guide. Guilford Press.


Dr. Lisa Burckell is a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification Certified Clinician™ who received her Ph.D. in 2007 from Stony Brook University and completed both a predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowship in the Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Ontario. She joined the Borderline Personality Disorder Service at St. Joe’s in 2009 to head up the implementation of outpatient Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

Dr. Burckell left St. Joe’s in 2018 to focus on her private practice, DBT Hamilton, that she founded in 2016. At DBT Hamilton, she conducts individual and group DBT therapy and psychological assessments, supervises learners, and provides consultation to other DBT programs. Dr. Burckell has published peer-reviewed journal articles and has made several presentations at international scientific meetings. Dr. Burckell’s research focuses on therapeutic processes and outcome in the treatment of borderline personality disorder. Additionally, her research focuses on the evaluation of treatment for PTSD among individuals with co-occurring BPD and PTSD, and the influence of shame and self-compassion on the treatment outcomes for individuals participating in DBT.


OPTI is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. OPTI workshops are also approved by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) to offer continuing education credits for psychotherapists. One credit is awarded for each hour of CE activity. Once the workshop is completed, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion. Both CPA and CCPA require full attendance to obtain CE credits.

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