Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Workshop

OAMHP is pleased to bring you the best in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) training from the DBT Centre of Vancouver.

Program Description

This 18-hour workshop will help practitioners learn how to effectively incorporate DBT skills and strategies into their everyday practice.  Specific goals of this training include:

  • Describe and discuss the theory and principles of DBT.
  • Describe and discuss some of the core DBT strategies, such as validation and chain analysis, among others, particularly as they apply to DBT skills training.
  • Describe and discuss several of the core mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness skills, along with tips on how to teach them.

This workshop is most appropriate for participants with experience ranging from beginner to intermediate training with DBT. Participants who are beginners with DBT will benefit from the introduction to key DBT principles and core strategies, along with DBT skills and how to teach them. For participants with an intermediate-level background in DBT, this workshop will help strengthen their knowledge and skills and provide new ways to understand and work with DBT skills and navigate challenges.

Learning Objectives:

  • Core DBT theory and principles
  • Key assessment strategies in DBT (chain analysis)
  • Validation in DBT
  • Structuring DBT skills training
  • Mindfulness skills
  • Distress tolerance skills
  • Emotion regulation skills
  • Interpersonal effectiveness skills

Information About The Facilitators


Alexander L. Chapman, Ph.D., R.Psych. is a professor in the psychology department at Simon Fraser University (SFU), a registered psychologist, and president of the DBT Centre of Vancouver. Dr. Chapman received his B.A. (1996) from U.B.C. and his M.S. (2000) and Ph.D. (2003) in clinical psychology from Idaho State University, following an internship at Duke University Medical Center.

After completing a two-year post-doc with Dr. Marsha Linehan (developer of DBT) at the University of Washington, he joined the faculty at SFU. He studies emotion regulation, borderline personality disorder (BPD), self-injury, and related problems. Dr. Chapman's research has been continuously funded for several years, including a current grant for the largest randomized controlled trial to date examining DBT for suicidal patients with BPD. He has authored/co-authored over 100 publications, including 12 books and many journal articles, 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), a Career Investigator Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, and the Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence (at SFU).

Dr. Chapman is a member of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research College of Reviewers and a fellow of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Canadian Association for Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CACBT). He co-founded the DBT Centre of Vancouver, regularly trains clinicians and students in effective treatments for complex clinical problems and has been giving clinical workshops for mental health professionals since 2004. Dr. Chapman also has worked as a trainer and consultant with large systems on multi-year projects to implement DBT across both correctional and community mental health systems. He also is board certified in both cognitive behavioural therapy (CACBT) and DBT (Linehan Board), serves on credentialling committees for CBT (CACBT) and DBT (Linehan Board of Certification and Accreditation).

In addition, Dr. Chapman has expertise in martial arts, has been practicing mindfulness from a Zen perspective for many years, and enjoys cooking, hiking, skiing, reading, consuming chocolate, cheese, and good red wine, and spending time with his wonderful wife, two sons, and his dog.


John Wagner, Ph.D., R.Psych. is the Director of the DBT Centre of Vancouver, a Clinical Associate at Simon Fraser University, an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia and a registered psychologist. Dr. Wagner received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Toledo in Ohio (APA-accredited). Prior to enrolling in the doctoral program, he worked for 2 years as a research assistant at the New York Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in New York City. At the University of Toledo, he received training in a variety of evidence-based treatments for children, adolescents, and adults.

Dr. Wagner developed his interest in DBT during his pre-doctoral internship at Tualatin Valley Centers in Portland, OR (APA- accredited). Dr. Wagner completed a joint 2-year postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Marsha Linehan (founder of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) at the University of Washington (UW), and with the DBT Center of Seattle. During this fellowship, Dr. Wagner received intensive training and supervision in DBT and other evidence-based treatments. He has served as the Clinic Associate Director of the Psychology Clinic at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and taught graduate level courses on DBT at both the UW and UBC. In addition, he was trained as a DBT adherence coder for Dr. Linehan’s research studies at UW and is certified as a DBT Clinician by the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification.

Dr. Wagner provides psychological services to both adolescent and adult clients and has led adolescent and adult DBT skills groups for over 12 years. He has provided workshops across Canada and frequently consults with mental health providers in working with persons struggling with complex multi-systemic disorders. He enjoys spending his free time with his lovely wife and twin boys and is an avid hiker and sea kayaker.


Program Information


Early bird until January 7, 2022, at midnight:

   OAMHP Members: $440 +HST

   Non-members: $550 +HST

After January 7, 2022:

   OAMHP Members: $540 +HST

   Non-members: $650 +HST

CECs: 18

Dates: This is a six-part workshop with 18 hours of learning in 6 sessions over the first 2 weeks of March:

  • Tuesday March 1 from 12:00-3:00PM
  • Thursday March 3 from 12:00-3:00PM
  • Friday March 4 from 12:00-3:00PM
  • Tuesday March 8 from 12:00-3:00PM
  • Thursday March 10 from 12:00-3:00PM
  • Friday March 11 from 12:00-3:00PM

Location: Zoom


Registration open until February 28, 2022 (noon)

Registration limited to 100 attendees

Non OAMHP Members

OAMHP Members can register through the Member's Portal