OLC Workshop Foundations of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) on November 30, 2023

Foundations of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)


Presented by the Ontario Association of Social Workers  (OASW) 

Workshop Description


Dialectical Behaviour Therapy ( DBT) is an empirically-supported therapeutic modality which belongs to the third wave of cognitive behavioural therapies.

This introductory full-day workshop will provide an overview of DBT and also critically examine it from an anti-oppressive lens. Participants will understand the overall structure of DBT and which populations are most likely to benefit from it. The workshop will explore in greater depth than the preceding webinar the four pillars of DBT: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness, along with some example skills from each pillar. Participants will gain several practical tools (which they can begin to practice with their clients, immediately) and suggestions for future learning.

Workshop Instructor 

Having always valued knowledge and education, Laval Martin switched from studying astrophysics to obtain both a bachelor's and a master's degree in social work, from Toronto Metropolitan University and University of Toronto, and a post-graduate certificate in instructing adults from George Brown College.

Providing counselling since 2006 and training since 2010, Laval began delivering psychotherapy in 2015. He has delivered over 100 workshops on resilience and burnout prevention, DBT, CBT, crisis intervention, conflict resolution, trauma, debriefing, mindfulness, and many more.

Laval delivers individual and group supervision and consultation. Laval has practiced self-defense since 2001, focusing on de-escalating conflict. He is an instructor with Senshido and Safe International. Laval is an avid chess player and has hosted a meetup group, Beer and Philosophy Night since 2014.

November 30, 2023 |  10:00 am - 4:00 pm ET


  • OASW Member Price: $199 + HST
  • Non-members: $299 + HST


Date & Time: Nov 30, 2023 10:00 AM to
Nov 30, 2023 04:00 PM
[America/Toronto UTC -5]


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Registration Closes: Nov 24, 2023 12:00 PM

Event Coordinator:

Angeline Tan

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