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Certificate in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) for eating disorders: Level 1, 2 and 3

Certificate in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) for eating disorders: Level 1, 2 and 3

This certificate program is a 3-part series. To receive the joint Certificate in DBT-ED from SickKids CCMH Learning Institute and The Centre for Psychology and Emotion Regulation, you must complete the full program of Certificate in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) for eating disorders: Level 1, Level 2 (Adults OR Adolescents) and Level 3. Otherwise, participants may take Level 1, Level 2 – Adults, or Level 2 – Adolescents on their own as a stand-alone training and will receive a Certificate of Participation from SickKids CCMH Learning Institute.

Overview

The demand for eating disorder (ED) treatment has never been greater. Over the course of the pandemic, the number of people suffering from an ED and seeking professional help has increased substantially. Waiting lists for hospital programming and for private eating disorder centres are exceptionally long. As EDs are chronic in nature, highly debilitating, and associated with extremely high mortality rates, those affected by them can’t afford to wait.

A recent statistic from the Academy for Eating Disorders reported that someone dies as a direct result of their ED every 52 minutes. Given the severity and the sheer demand for services, it is reasonable to expect that most health-care practitioners will have a number of patients with EDs on their caseloads. Stigma, misconceptions, and a lack of clinical resources continue to impede early detection, proper assessment, and necessary treatment. Signs and symptoms are often missed. Thus, it is imperative that all clinicians have foundational knowledge to aid in prevention, early detection, and foundational treatment interventions.


Certificate in DBT for eating disorders: Level 1 – Foundations

Certificate in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) for eating disorders: Level 1

Dates: Jan. 31, Feb. 7, 14, and 21, 2023
Time: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. ET
Prerequisite: Foundational DBT knowledge

Learning objectives:

  • Describe biological and social factors that cause and maintain eating disorders
  • Identify when the eating disorder becomes life-threatening
  • Explain set point theory
  • Administer three ED-specific assessment measures
  • Identify ways to create weight-neutral and body inclusive spaces

Certificate in DBT for eating disorders: Level 2 – Adults

Certificate in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) for eating disorders: Level 2 - Adults

Dates: Feb. 28, March 7, 21, and 28, 2023
Time: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. ET
Prerequisite: Certificate in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) for eating disorders: Level 1 OR clinical experience treating eating disorders and foundational DBT knowledge/experience

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the adapted biosocial theory to clients
  • Identify where eating disorder symptoms go on the DBT target hierarchy
  • Demonstrate how to use dialectical strategies when talking to clients about food and body weight
  • Use the DBT-ED diary card to structure sessions
  • Describe ways to adapt DBT skills for individuals with eating disorders

Certificate in DBT for eating disorders: Level 2 – Adolescents

Certificate in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) for eating disorders: Level 2 - Adolescents

Dates: April 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2023
Time: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. ET
Prerequisite: Certificate in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) for eating disorders: Level 1 OR clinical experience treating eating disorders and foundational DBT knowledge/experience

Learning objectives:

  • Determine who needs DBT-FBT vs. standard FBT treatment
  • Teach the adapted biosocial theory and the two-step framework to youth and caregivers
  • Orient families to the rationale and use of the target hierarchy
  • Identify how to use dialectical communication strategies to get “unstuck”
  • Describe how multifamily skills groups operate in DBT-FBT

Certificate in DBT for eating disorders: Level 3 – Group Consultation

Certificate in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) for eating disorders: Level 3

Dates: To be announced
Times: To be announced
Prerequisite: Certificate in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) for eating disorders: Level 2 – Adults or Adolescents

Structure:

  • Group size: 10 clinicians for Adults; 10 clinicians for Adolescents (first come first served basis)
  • Session length: 60 minutes per session
  • Number of sessions offered: 20
  • Attendance policy: To complete the Certificate in DBT-ED, clinicians must attend a minimum of 15 sessions
  • Fee: $1,200 per clinician