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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to attend?

This course is intended for practicing and aspiring mental health workers (social workers, psychotherapists, physicians, graduate students, etc.) that wish to learn DBT skills by experiencing Group DBT.

What is the time commitment to participate?

DBT Skills Group takes place once a week for 2 hours. Home practice is expected - how much time you choose to dedicate to your home DBT practice is up to you! At minimum, reading the handouts and worksheets may not take longer than 30 minutes.

Can I use my insurance to pay for services?

Our facilitators are Regulated Health Professionals (Social Workers and Occupational Therapists). You will be issued a receipt that may be submitted to your insurance provider. Amount of reimbursement would be contingent on your insurance provider / insurance package. Your insurance provider would be able to tell you how much funding you are allotted for Social Work.

What is your cancellation policy?

A full refund may be issued to participants that cancel up to 7 days prior to the start of the training package. Once the course has begun, should you be required to miss a session, a refund will not be issued, however attempts will be made by the facilitator to record the session on your behalf and/or the facilitator may provide you with additional resources to make up for the material lost. Participants may not miss more than 4 live sessions in order to qualify to receive a certificate of completion.

I reside outside of Ontario, Canada. Can I still participant?

You can! This course can be categorized as continuing education and therefore can be accessed by those out of province/country. Eligibility for insurance coverage would be contingent on your provider.

I am trying to sign up, but the course I selected is full. 

We cap our group at 10 participants each in order to ensure group safety and allow for a quality, interactive learning experience. Please email to request to join the Waiting List if the course is full.

What is the difference between the Abbreviated vs. Intensive courses?

The intensive track is 17 weeks and covers more of the DBT Skills than the Abbreviated (10 weeks). In this track you are also permitted to reattend the Mindfulness module, free of charge, up to 3 times throughout the course. View and compare the course curriculum,

What happens if I need to miss a session?

The training occurs live and you will get the most out of the course by attending in real time as active participation is required for any skills group and sessions cannot run if people are not present. However, things happen! It is completely understandable to miss a session due to a conflict, emergency, illness, etc. A recording of the session will be provided and may be available for 7 days following the session date. You may not miss more than 4 live sessions in order to receive a certificate of completion. If enrolled in the Interpersonal Effectiveness Deep Dive course, you may not miss more than 2 live sessions.

Will I be DBT certified upon completion?

You will receive a certificate of completion acknowledging that you have completed DBT Skills Training with DBT House in the amount of (x) hours over (x) weeks.

The only organization that provides DBT Certification is the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification ( This organization assesses the applicant's knowledge and application of DBT via a written exam, work product demonstration, and coding of their DBT sessions. This organization does not provide DBT education/training. 

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