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Training & Workshops

We can bring a variety of training sessions to your business or organization. For those in the helping field, we provide professional training on topics such as emotion dysregulation and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT). For employers or managers looking to support the emotional well-being of their team, we can address topics such as stress management, relationships, communication, change and transitions, and resilience.


DBT basic training can be tailored to the needs of your group. This training is facilitated by Validity’s founder and owner, Jenny DeReis, MC, Psych RCC. 


Jenny has her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from Calgary University. She has completed intensive training with DBT pioneer Charlie Swansen, author of DBT Principles in Action. 

Jenny has also completed advanced DBT training with Charlie Swansen and Kelly Koerner (student of Marsha Linehan and author of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in Clinical Practice). 


Jenny has been facilitating DBT Skills Groups since 2017.


This 2-day workshop focuses on learning the skills needed to run your own DBT group or teach DBT skills to clients within your individual practice.

This training focuses on Four Key Skills: Core Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Inter-Personal Effectiveness, and Distress Tolerance.


We can custom-make a variety of workshops, varying in time from one hour to several hours, depending on the needs of your group. Common topis include stress management, interpersonal-effectiveness skills, creating a healthy work environment, coping with change, the impact of Covid-19 on mental health, conflict resolution, and building resiliency.

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