Online DBT

This online DBT offering is a stand alone program for those that are not able to attend our DBT certificate in person in Toronto.

About Our Online Courses

DBO-100 DBT Informed Practice (36 hours)

DBT Informed Practice is an online platform for learning the skills of the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy model

Cost: $895 +HST

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Highlights of this program:

  • 36 hours of study / must be completed within a maximum of 12 weeks
  • Students will require practice with clients (live or “mock”)
  • Please note that this course frequently has a waitlist (see below)

“Prepare the person for the path, not the path for the person.” In the course of practice, therapists will experience regular clinical encounters with clients whose emotions overwhelm them. This overwhelming emotion will also often serve as a block to the work of deeper therapies.

Most believe that in today’s market, clinicians and practitioners need at least 3 of the “big 5” modalities used most today (i.e. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, 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, bipolar, eating disorders, 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.

Course Outline

Suitable for both community and in-patient practitioners, this 36-hour online course focuses on the protocols and application of DBT. Students learn how to apply these strategies across many client contexts to successfully support the client toward stabilization and long-term mental health. The course must be completed within a maximum of 12 weeks.

Eligibility and Certification

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

Completing this course does not qualify you to register with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers or the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Please be advised that this course has been designed to meet the educational requirements of the certification process and exam. Please also be advised that completion of this course will satisfy most continuing education requirements. Note there is no current “regulating” body for DBT; however, completion of this course will satisfy most continuing education requirements. The entire process for certification can be found at 

Note the courses in this program are suitable for students with clinical backgrounds only, trained and capable of managing crisis clients.

Getting Started

Once payment is received, students will receive a license key and can begin their studies. Course content is varied and made up of lectures, viewings, supplemental readings and professional/reflective exercises. There are no tests or exams; however, there are assignments for each module, which must be completed and then submitted online. The assignments in each course do not have to be completed in one sitting but please note: you have a maximum of 12 weeks to complete your studies. 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. Please also note that in the event of cancellation, a $100 administration fee will be applied.


There is not a waitlist for this course at this time.

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About Our Online Courses

Online FAQ 

What format are the courses in?

This program can be completed wherever you are, but you will need a good internet connection to complete it. Great care has been taken to ensure high quality content delivery and learning without the use of a lecture hall. You will receive a “pass / fail” grade that is determined by the quality of the assignments turned in. If you exert a reasonable amount of effort, you should have no problem passing the course.

Will I have contact with an Instructor?

Yes. A teaching team marks your assignments each week, and provides you with ongoing feedback on your exercises and reflections. The courses use a teaching team of MSW or higher designations who are also veteran practitioners and supervisors. All are qualified to teach at the graduate level, and all have strong experience in both clinical work, teaching and/or supervising.

How does the software work?

Once you have paid for your registration, a license key will be sent to the email address you provide us with. This can take up to seven days. Please check your spam folder regularly during this period. Once your license is active, you should plan to spend an hour getting oriented to the software before starting the coursework. Along the way, a support line is available to you should you encounter any problems (this is part of your welcome and orientation).

Does the course offer any financial aid?


No, not at this time. All students will receive a receipt.

Who is the contact person for the online courses?

Students may contact the Dean of Continuing Education, Ms. Beatrice Traub-Werner, for specific questions: 

Beatrice Traub-Werner, MSW, RSW
Dean, Continuing Education
Adler Graduate Professional School
890 Yonge Street, 9th floor,
Toronto, ON
Tel: 416-923-4419 ext. 503
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.