Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Certificate in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Format: Virtual over Zoom

(36 hours - 3 modules) 

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DBT Informed Practice (36 hours)

Format: Online Self-Directed

DBT Informed Practice is an online course intended to equip students with the knowledge and 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”)

Overview of the DBT Program

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 Behaviour 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

To first enter or subsequently maintain a competent practice in mental health or human services, practitioners require ongoing professional education, as well as opportunities for supervised practice. The Faculty of Continuing Education at ADLER provides both.

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, students will receive a license key and can begin their studies. Please note that all of our online courses have a set amount of time for you to complete your coursework. For this course, the maximum allotted period is 12 weeks. Your window begins upon receipt of your license key, that is, upon receiving an email instructing you how to access your course. To ensure that you are given sufficient time to complete all of the material, please purchase your course no sooner than 2-5 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 the license key, and not upon your using that key 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.

Course content is varied and made up of lectures, viewings, demonstrations, 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 for each module do not have to be completed in one sitting, but students are strongly encouraged to complete the modules and corresponding assignments in the sequence in which they are offered, so as to maximize their learning opportunities.

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Who is the contact person for this program?

Students may contact a representative from our Faculty of Continuing Education at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.