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Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills: Introduction (Sold Out!)

Level 2
Live, Remote, Instructor-led
December 7-10, 2021

Trainer: Alexander Chapman, PhD, R.Psych 

Training Description

Course Description
This live remote instructor-led course consists of eight 90-minute modules delivered online for a total of 12 instructor led
hours. Each module includes reading and homework tasks. Total participant time required for each module is
approximately 2.5 – 3 hours.

Research indicates that DBT skills are a key mechanism of change for suicide attempts, non-suicidal self-injury,
depression, and anger, and multiple randomized control trials have shown DBT skills to be effective for a variety of
problems, including depression, emotion dysregulation, binge eating, and borderline personality disorder.

This introduction to DBT Skills Training introduces Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills: Core Mindfulness, Distress
Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Participants learn about the function of skills training in
DBT, the structure of a DBT skills training program, the goals and general content of each skills module, and the targets
for DBT skills training. It also provides an overview of the manner in which DBT conceptualizes problems, as well as the
behavior change, validation, and dialectical strategies used across all modes of the treatment. Clinical examples are
used to illustrate specific skills training procedures. Video of roundtable discussions of DBT experts, and demonstrations
of a skills training class are incorporated.

The course is designed for all mental health professionals who want to learn DBT skills to improve their work with their
clients. Prior knowledge of DBT is not required; however, learning will be enhanced if participants are familiar with Dr.
Marsha Linehan’s 1993 text, Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, and the 2015 DBT Skills
Training Manual, Second Edition. Participants should have the latter available during the course.

This course is a precursor to the world of DBT skills training. Those who want to fully implement a DBT skills training
program are invited to follow this course with the DBT Skills Training: Fundamentals, which provides in-depth training in
acquisition, strengthening, and generalization procedures of DBT skills. DBT skills training is one of 4 modes of standard
outpatient DBT. For those who want to implement a full DBT program we recommend completion of the
comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training.

Primary Objective:
As a result of this training participants will be able to describe the key elements of DBT skills training.

Learning Objectives

  1. Utilize evidence on DBT skills training to determine curriculum appropriate for treatment setting and
  2. Describe the function of DBT skills training.
  3. Identify the targets for DBT skills training.
  4. Describe the four DBT skills modules.
  5. Identify the strategies and procedures required for effective DBT skills training.
  6. Define the roles of the leader and co-leader in DBT skills training.
  7. Describe the dialectical nature of DBT skills.
  8. Describe the dialectical nature of DBT skills training.
  9. Identify what is valid in actions, cognitions, and emotions of patients.
  10. Identify what is invalid in actions, cognitions, and emotions of patients.
  11. Convey to patients what is valid in their actions, cognitions, and emotions.
  12. Describe key concepts related to increasing desired behaviors and decreasing unwanted behaviors.
  13. Describe strategies that can be used to pull new behaviors from clients.
  14. Identify the goals of DBT Mindfulness skills.
  15. Identify the contents of the DBT Mindfulness skills module.
  16. Identify the goals of DBT Interpersonal Effectiveness skills.
  17. Identify the contents of the DBT Interpersonal Effectiveness skills module.
  18. Identify the goals of the DBT Emotion Regulation skills.
  19. Identify the contents of the DBT Emotion Regulation skills module.
  20. Identify the contents of the goals of DBT Distress Tolerance skills.
  21. Identify the contents of the DBT Distress Tolerance skill module.


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Schedule includes two (2) 90-minute sessions separated by 30 minute break


Alexander Chapman, PhD, R.Psych

Alexander Chapman, PhD, R.Psych   Alexander Chapman, PhD, R.PsychAlexander L. Chapman, PhD, RPsych., is a professor, director of clinical training, and clinical science area coordinator in the psychology department at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Chapman completed his B.A. at U.B.C., his M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Idaho State University (APA accredited), and his predoctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center. After completing a post-doc at the University of Washington with Dr. Marsha M. Linehan, he joined the faculty at SFU in 2005, where he established the Personality and Emotion Research Laboratory (PERL). Dr. Chapman’s research at the PERL focuses on complex psychopathology characterized by emotion regulation problems, such as borderline personality disorder (BPD), self-injury, and related areas. Dr. Chapman has received over $4 million in external and internal funding for translational and treatment outcome research. He was Co-PI for the largest randomized trial of dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) to date, comparing 6- to 12-months of DBT for chronically self-harming/suicidal patients with BPD. He has authored/co-authored over 100 refereed journal articles/book chapters and 12 books. Dr. Chapman has received the Young Investigator’s Award of the National Alliance for BPD (2007), the Canadian Psychological Association’s Early Career Scientist Practitioner Award (2011), and an 8-year Career Investigator Award (2012-2019) from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. At SFU, Dr. Chapman received a Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence in 2017 and a Retention Award in 2019. In addition, he is a Fellow of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Canadian Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CACBT). Dr. Chapman is actively involved in university, academic, and community service. In his department, he has held service appointments continuously (excepting study leaves) since 2008, serving as associate chair (graduate), clinical science area coordinator, and director of clinical training. Actively involved in journal and grant peer-review process, Dr. Chapman is a member of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) College of Reviewers, associate editor of the Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, and a standing committee member for a CIHR grant committee. He serves as Certification Chair and as a member of the board of directors for the CACBT. In addition, Dr. Chapman regularly gives talks, workshops, and trainings and consults with community mental health clinicians, and is on the test-writing committee for the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification. Dr. Chapman is a registered psychologist with expertise in the assessment and treatment of complex mental health concerns, such as BPD, suicide risk, and self-injury. He co- founded the DBT Centre of Vancouver, a treatment centre emphasizing the care of people with complex mental health problems, from an evidence-based CBT and DBT perspective. Dr. Chapman greatly enjoys teaching and training clinicians and students in effective treatments for complex clinical problems. He has many years of experience training and consulting for multi-year projects to implement DBT across large correctional and community mental health systems. He also is board-certified in both cognitive behavioural therapy (CACBT) and DBT (Linehan Board). Outside of work, Dr. Chapman has extensive experience with mindfulness and martial arts. He enjoys outdoor activities, reading, and time with his wife, two sons, and his dog, Charlie.


All participants should own and have read the DBT Skills Training Manual: Second Edition and the DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets: Second Edition.

Study Resources

Linehan, M.M. (2015). DBT Skills Training Manual: Second Edition. Guilford Press.



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Tuition Schedule:

  • Standard Registration: $325 – Registrations made on/or before November 15, 2021
  • Last Minute Registration: $350 – Registrations made between November 16-30, 2021 (November 30 is final cut-off date)

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Continuing Education

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Behavioral Tech cannot offer partial credit. To receive Continuing Education Credits, participants are required by the CE Boards to
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1) Attend 100% of the training
2) Complete the Last Day Evaluation survey, and
3) Pass the Post Assessment(s) with a score of 70% or higher

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Behavioral Tech is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing
medical education for physicians. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their
participation in the activity. The maximum AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ designated by Behavioral Tech for this
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