Sageview Health runs a Comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program for adolescents and young adults including DBT skills group, phone skills coaching, DBT consultation team, and individual DBT therapy. Practicum students will 1) learn principles of DBT and how to apply these to fidelity in session, 2) learn to teach DBT skills groups to adolescents/young adults and their parents (multi-family), 3) participate fully in a DBT consultation team, providing support and consultation for other clinicians, and 4) learn to provide phone coaching for individual clients. As part of the placement, practicum students will also be exposed to suicide risk assessment and management and are welcome to join ongoing trainings and consultation available to the team (e.g., training on RoDBT, working with eating disorders, etc).
Common presenting issues for clients in our DBT program include borderline personality disorder, suicidality, self-harm behaviour, PTSD, disordered eating, anxiety, and depression.
Practicum students will also assess complex clinical presentations (personality disorders, PTSD, and suicidal and self-harm risk) as part of the screening for the DBT program and as a means to determine appropriate targets for treatment while in the program. Options to conduct assessment and treatment for child, adolescent, and adult clients outside of the DBT program are also available, depending on learner interests and experience.