Course Description

Shelley McMain, PhD, will help us consider some of the current research aimed at understanding how to improve the effectiveness of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. We know that DBT is effective for a variety of mental health problems, however, we know that some patients drop-out, deteriorate or make few gains. Dr. McMain will present some of her recent new research that examines who responds variably to DBT and who does not.  She will discuss the clinical implications of this research and will consider how clinicians may need to pay more attention to the problem of unemployment.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the clinical implications of the empirical literature on variable responses to DBT.
  • Identify emerging directions for research on DBT for the treatment of borderline personality disorder.
  • Summarize some of the recent research on what predicts good outcomes in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.


Shelley McMain, PhD, is a Psychologist and Head of the Borderline Personality Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. She is an Associate Professor with the Department of Psychiatry, at the University of Toronto as well as a co-director of the Centre for Mindbody Health. Dr. McMain’s research focuses on psychotherapy process and outcomes for borderline personality disorder (BPD). She is currently studying the effectiveness of 6-months compared to 12-months Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) for the treatment of chronically suicidal individuals with BPD. Previous studies have focused on the clinical and cost effectiveness of DBT compared to General Psychiatric Management, the effectiveness of 20-weeks of DBT skills training for suicidal individuals with BPD, and mediators and moderators of treatment outcomes in psychotherapy for BPD.

Continuing Education:

Evidence-Based Practice Institute (EBPI) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. EBPI maintains responsibility for the program and its content. EBPI has allocated 1 hour of continuing education within APA guidelines for this course.  After attending the webinar, a CE certificate will be emailed to the attendee.

EBPI has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6898. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. EBPI is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. EBPI has allocated 1 CE Hour for this course. After attending the webinar, a CE certificate will be emailed to the attendee.

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