Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Program

Note: The DBT Program is temporarily on hold due to COVID-19.

Admission Criteria:

Admission to the Dialectic Behaviour Therapy Program is by referral from external agencies within the Regional Health Authorities of Manitoba. An Intake Team reviews the information and responds to the request within 10 working days for individuals that: 

  • Are 18 years of age or older and are medically stable.
  • Have severe difficulties with emotional and behavioural regulation, which may include self-harm, suicidal, and aggressive behaviours.
  • Cannot be successfully treated in an outpatient setting, as evidenced by frequent psychiatric crises resulting in high use of community resources, severe interpersonal problems, and difficulties in initiating and maintaining productive activities such as work or school.
  • Have the cognitive capacity to participate in individual therapy and skills training.
  • Have specific behaviours that are not due to a brain injury or other medical condition.

Our program is intended for individuals with severe emotional and behavioural dysregulation (which may include self-harm and suicidal behaviours), who have exhausted outpatient resources and cannot be managed successfully in an outpatient setting, as indicated by frequent inpatient admissions and high usage of crisis services. These individuals will typically have difficulty in all spheres of functioning, including self-management, interpersonal relationships, and vocation.
Tyndall BuildingOur individual therapists and skills trainers have all received intensive core clinical training in DBT from Treatment Implementation Collaborative. Front line staff is trained in the DBT model and skills, and are available to provide skills coaching 24 hours a day. Our patients commit to a variety of structured programming throughout Monday to Friday and have access to Mindfulness practice, Life Skills groups, cooking, exercise, recreational outings, multisensory environment, vocational incentive program, co-occurring disorder initiative (CODI), Mindfulness meditation group, DBT peer group, contributing group, and Creative Expressions group. Patients also receive individual therapy and group skills training. Our team includes psychiatry, psychology, social work, occupational therapy, nurses, and nursing assistants. Patients also have access to Spiritual Care (chaplain and Aboriginal Elder) and Aboriginal services.

For more information about referrals, please contact:

Lynn Luining, Program Manager
Phone: 204-482-1676

For inquiries regarding the DBT Program content, please contact:

Lynn Luining, Program Manager
Phone: 204-482-1676