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

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

Cost: $695 +HST per module

Once payment is received, the student will receive a license key within one week, and can begin course whenever they wish. Each level will require the student to complete a set of 8 modules that will take about 3 hours each. Modules do not have to be done in one sitting, as they are self-directed. The student may progress through the course as quickly or as slowly they wish, though all eight modules must be completed within a maximum of six months. Modules are varied and made up of lectures, viewings, demos, supplemental readings, professional and reflective practice exercises. There are no tests or exams.

Assignments and Textbooks

Assignments are submitted through the online platform. Once all assignments have been submitted, it will take approximately 2-6 weeks to review and return materials. The student will receive their certificate of completion from Adler once this step is complete. Courses will draw from no more than two textbooks per course (texts have been kept under $100 USD per course); students will require these before they begin, and will not be able to complete assignments without them.  

DBO-100 DBT Informed Practice (24 hours) 

“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 who lack the internal skills to tolerate external situations that are painful. Further, these missing skills often serve as a block to the work of deeper therapies, such as MFT, EFT, CBT or ACT. Suitable for practitioners that work in community practice with issues such as suicidality, self-harm, emotion dysregulation and some personality disorders, DBT Informed Practice will teach practitioners how to help clients achieve greater emotional stability. Through eight online modules, students will learn how to apply these strategies across many client contexts, successfully supporting the client toward stabilization of longterm mental health. It is recommended that the student have access to a live client –or someone willing to role play- for this course.

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About Our Online Courses

Online FAQ 

What format are the courses in?

The courses are self-directed, and the student choses their own pace. The only provision is that courses must be completed within six months. 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 is in the background marking your assignments and providing feedback on a weekly basis. The teaching team is a highly experienced group of instructors, and will personalize the course with you week by week.

Who are the Instructors?

The courses use a teaching team of MSW or higher designations, and who are also veteran practitioners. All are qualified to teach at the graduate level, and all have strong experience in both clinical work and in teaching and / or supervising.

How does the software work?

One you pay your registration, you will receive an email to the address you provided, which will open the course to you. You will receive that email within seven days, and you can begin your studies right away. You will need a reliable internet connection to do so.

Does the course offer any financial aid?

Not at this time. However, students that are registered with the OCSWSSW will qualify for the $500.00 from the SWSSW Professional Development fund, which reimburses eligible costs for professional development. For more information please visit www.swsswpdf.org.  

All students will receive a receipt. If you wish, you can also request an issuance of a T-2202 (or Tuition, Education and Textbook Amounts Certificate), which is an income tax form issued annually that recognizes education-related activity within the tax (calendar) year. It shows the amount of tuition paid that may be claimed for income tax purposes.  You must request this specifically from Adler in time to file your annual income tax - it is not issued automatically.

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.