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Professional Training



By Clinical Design is pleased to offer a variety of workshops to mental health professionals.  We provide full-day and half-day workshops for individual clinicians, as well as tailor-made workshops/training for organizations.  If you are interested in attending a workshop or would like to be added to our mailing list to be notified of upcoming workshops please contact us.

Full-Day Workshops


Mindfulness in CBT -This workshop teaches clinicians strategies for incorporating mindfulness-based interventions in CBT, with special attention given to Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.


Skills Training in DBT - Skills Training is a key component of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). This workshop provides clinicians with an overview of the skills taught in DBT skills groups and strategies for effectively teaching them to adults and adolescents. Skills to be discussed include mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and walking the middle path (specifically for adolescents).


Mindfulness & Emotional Regulation - This workshop examines the role of mindfulness and emotion regulation in treating multi-diagnostic clients. Special attention is directed to the use of mindfulness and emotional regulation strategies regularly used in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).


Dealing with Therapy-Interfering Behaviour: Strategies from DBT - This workshop provides clinicians with well-established practices for addressing therapy interfering behaviours often encountered in work with multi-problem clients, such as failure to complete homework, anger outbursts, withdrawal, lack of commitment, and other behaviours that can make treatment progress challenging.


Strategies in Working with Suicidal Clients - Suicide is the 8th leading cause of death across all ages and the 2nd leading cause of death for those 15-24 years of age. This workshop provides clinicians with methods for effectively assessing and treating suicidality. Special attention is devoted to strategies including performing a chain analysis, generating solutions, and using diary cards to track thoughts, urges and action related to self harm and suicidal ideation. 


Self-Care for the Clinician - This workshop explores the role of self-care in the life of the practitioner.  Being in a helping role, one is continously exposed to the suffering of others.  In addition, many practitioners are expected to adapt to increased work demands and decreased resources, furthering the potential stress factors.  With honest self examination and learning how to quiet the mind, practitioners with learning how to recognize when one is "off track" and simple strategies of how to improve one's self care and restore energy and balance. 



Half-Day Workshops


Assessment of Suicide Risk - This workshop is designed to provide mental health clinicians with evidence-based methods for effectively assessing a client's risk of suicide. We provide step-by-step procedures you can use to determine your client's level of risk and respond effectively.


Acceptance Strategies in Therapy - Often referred to as the third wave of behavioural science, acceptance based orientation to treatment is dramatically influencing and redefining the way therapy is performed. This workshop provides clinicians with specific ways for incorporating acceptance based strategies into therapy sessions.


Assessing and Treating Self-Injury - This workshop provides clinicians with specific methods for evaluating and treating self-injury. Topics to be covered include: the etiology of self-injury, assessing severity and risk, and strategies for clients to reduce their self harm behaviours.