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3-Day Intensive Workshop: Mastering Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Training

Presented by Charles Jacob, Ph.D.

Monday, July 15, 2024 – Wednesday, July 17, 2024  |  Calgary, ab

Date & Location

Monday, July 15, 2024 – Wednesday, July 17, 2024

8:30am – 4:00pm

Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre

1316 33 St NE, T2A 6B6, Calgary, AB

phone:  403.248.8888

website:  www.calgaryplaza.com/

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

This course is also available for live-stream, June 12 – 14, 2024. More information and registration for virtual attendance can be found here: https://webinars.jackhirose.com/product/dbt-intensive/

Join us for a comprehensive three-day intensive workshop delving deep into the world of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. DBT offers a pragmatic approach to therapy, equipping clients with a diverse array of skills, techniques, and strategies to effectively navigate intense emotions. This comprehensive seminar is tailored for clinicians operating in various healthcare settings, including private practice and community mental health. Whether you’re a seasoned mental health professional or just beginning your journey in therapy, this workshop offers an invaluable opportunity to enhance your skills and understanding of DBT.

Participants will delve into an extensive examination of DBT, its applications, and its integration into therapeutic practice. Key takeaways include: Acquire proficiency in DBT principles and methodologies, gain insights into directive strategies and psychotherapeutic models and develop foundational clinical competencies pertaining to emotion regulation.

Day One – Understanding the Foundations: On the first day, we’ll lay the groundwork by exploring the basics of personality disorders, with a specific focus on Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Participants will gain insight into the history and fundamentals of DBT, including its essential interventions and skills. We’ll delve into dialectics, hierarchy, and the stages of treatment, as well as essential behavioral psychology concepts that underpin the DBT approach.

Day Two – Mastering DBT Skills: Day two is dedicated to mastering DBT skills. Participants will learn the fundamentals of mindfulness, opposite action, problem-solving, and distress tolerance. Through interactive sessions, we’ll tie these skills together, ensuring participants understand how to apply them in real-world therapy scenarios. Additionally, we’ll explore the evidence-based nature of DBT and the structure of both individual and group therapy sessions.

Day Three – Advanced Techniques and Safety Measures: On the final day, we’ll delve deeper into DBT skills, focusing on emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and unique approaches. Participants will become familiar with the plethora of acronyms used in DBT and learn how to effectively utilize diary cards and conduct behavior and solution analysis. Safety is paramount, so we’ll also cover basics of self-directed violence, safety assessment, and the importance of consultation groups.

Throughout the workshop, participants will engage in interactive discussions, case studies, and practical exercises to solidify their understanding and skills in DBT. Led by experienced clinician Charles Jacob, Ph.D., this workshop promises to be a transformative experience for anyone seeking to enhance their practice in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Don’t miss this opportunity to become proficient in one of the most effective therapeutic modalities for treating complex psychological conditions. Register now and take your therapeutic skills to the next level with our 3-Day Intensive DBT workshop.

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

Day One

  • Basics of Personality Disorders
  • Basics of Borderline Personality Disorder
  • DBT Basics
    • DBT History
    • Basics of Interventions and Skills
    • Dialectics
    • Hierarchy and Stages of Treatment
    • Behavioral Psych Basics
  • Essential Elements of DBT

Day Two

  • Basics of DBT Skills
    • Mindfulness Basics
    • Opposite Action
    • Problem Solving
    • Basics of Distress Tolerance
  • “Tying it All Together”
  • Making DBT Evidence-Based Practice
  • The Process of Therapy (Structure of Individual and Group)

Day Three 

  • DBT Skills
    • Dialectics
    • Distress Tolerance
    • Emotion Regulation
    • Interpersonal Effectiveness
    • Acronyms, Acronyms, and more Acronyms!
  • Unique Approaches
    • Diary Cards
    • Behavior and Solution Analysis
    • Irreverence
    • Consultation Groups
  • Basics of Self-Directed Violence
  • Safety and Suicide Assessment


Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will review the basics of DBT principles and its development as an approach to treating borderline personality disorder
  • Attendees will examine basics of mindfulness, mood regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance skills in dialectical behavior therapy
  • Attendees will explore dissemination of DBT skills connected to boerderline personality disorder as well as mental health concerns often addressed in psychotherapy

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)

     Jack Hirose & Associates is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. Jack Hirose & Associates maintains responsibility for the program.

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.

Your Presenter(s)

Charles Jacob, Ph.D.

Jacob is a psychologist with over 20 years of clinical experience conducting and overseeing the delivery of mental health services to individuals with severe mood and personality disorders as well as their families. He is past president of the Pennsylvania branch of the American Counseling Association and has been training mental health clinicians for over a decade.

In addition to training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy for the treatment of borderline personality disorder, Dr. Jacob is an expert in Cognitive Therapy and a highly regarded clinician and scholar. He is a recipient of PCA’s David W. Hall Advocacy Award, and has been a featured interview in Counseling Today as well as NPR’s The Pulse.

Dr. Jacob is a Senior Research Associate with a consulting firm based out of Washington, DC (CalcoCG), as well as a Fulbright Specialist with the United States Cultural Exchange Program (2019-2024). He received his PhD (CES) from The Pennsylvania State University and completed a year of additional training at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania.

Who Should Attend

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, School Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Recommended Accommodation

Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre

1316 33 St NE, T2A 6B6, Calgary, AB

phone:  403.248.8888

website:  www.calgaryplaza.com/

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

Call: Please contact the hotel directly for current group rates, when booking please reference “Jack Hirose & Associates“. To make a reservation over the phone, please call 403.248.8888.


Select King Room: $139.00 plus tax
Select 2 Queen Room: $139.00 plus tax


Select 2 Queen Room: $179.00 plus tax

*please note, room reservations are subject to availability*

Please keep in mind when booking Jack Hirose and Associates corporate guest rooms, reservations booked for most hotels can be cancelled within 48 hours. If you are booking guest rooms through third-party websites in many instances the reservations booked cannot be cancelled.

When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual Enrollment $699.00 $719.00
Group 3-7 $659.00 $679.00
Group 8-14 $639.00 $659.00
Group 15+ $619.00 $639.00
Full-Time Student $619.00 $639.00

All fees are per person and in Canadian Dollars ($CAD)

Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: June 24, 2024
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Monday, June 24, 2024.

Please review our Registration Terms and Conditions for information on our cancellation policy, payment policies, rebates, and more. You must agree to our Terms and Conditions to register for a workshop or conference.

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