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The Alberta CBT & DBT Clinical Skills Conference

Presented by Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW and Lynn Miller, Ph. D., R.Psych and Randy Paterson, Ph.D. and Reid Wilson, Ph.D., and Eboni Webb, Psy.D.

Monday, April 3, 2017 – Wednesday, April 5, 2017  |  Edmonton, ab

!  Important Notice:

The Earlybird deadline has been extended to March 30, 2017.

Please note a change in schedule for Day 2 as Dr. Jeff Riggenbach will be replaced by Dr. Eboni Webb. See below for an updated workshop description.

Please be advised that Dr. Reid Wilson’s afternoon session on Day 3 (April 5) will end at 3:30pm.

Date & Location

Monday, April 3, 2017 – Wednesday, April 5, 2017

8:30am – 4:00pm

Four Points by Sheraton Edmonton South

7230 Argyll Road, Edmonton, AB

phone:  780.465.7931

website:  www.fourpointsedmontonsouth.com

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

Learn clinical skills for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy from six of North America’s leading experts. 

Dear Colleague,

I am pleased to announce the Alberta CBT + DBT Clinical Skills Conference will be hosted in Edmonton, AB on April 3-5, 2017. Jack Hirose and Associates would like to extend a warm welcome!

Over the past five years, our conferences have trained over 2,500 mental health and education professionals. We value your feedback and have incorporated your ideas in order to assemble North America’s leading experts, who will provide practical, useful and cutting-edge keynotes and workshops.

It is my hope that this conference will allow you to catch up with your fellow clinicians, acquire new skills, learn new techniques and rejuvenate your passion for this field of work. I am confident that this conference will meet, or exceed, your high expectations. Please mark this event on your calendar, and I look forward to seeing you in Edmonton.

Kind Regards,

Jack Hirose, MA

Jack Hirose and Associates Inc.

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

DAY 1 | Monday, April 3, 2017

Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW

1st Keynote – 8:30am – 10:15am

Dialectical Behaviour therapy: Not Just for BPD!

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is a treatment originally designed to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD), but it is increasingly being used for many other disorders because of its usefulness in helping clients to better manage their emotions. Participants will learn about the Biosocial Theory, one of the main theories underlying DBT, in order to develop an understanding of how DBT can be applied to disorders other than BPD. In addition, Sheri will discuss research on DBT and ways of adapting this model to treat other disorders, as well as to make it more accessible to a variety of disorders and treatment settings.

Afternoon Concurrent Session OPTION ONE – 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Calming the Emotional Storm: Using DBT Skills to Help Clients Manage Their Emotions

Bringing her varied experience of working both in a community hospital and private practice setting, and with individuals as well as groups, Sheri will introduce the four DBT skills modules of Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Emotion Regulation. Participants will develop a better understanding of how some of these skills can be used to help clients manage emotions more effectively in the context of mood and anxiety disorders, self-esteem and anger.

Lynn Miller, Ph.D.

2nd Keynote – 10:30am – 12:00pm

Advanced Skill Training in CBT: Enhancing Client Outcomes

The goal of evidence-supported practice is the best scientific research has to offer, combined with the best clinical expertise the clinician has to offer in terms of client-centered care. This approach, explicitly balancing behavioural and cognitive interventions, will lead to more effective, efficient and more compassionate care in treating individual clients. The role of clinical judgment, supported by flexible implementation, and therapist sensitivity will be addressed.

Afternoon Concurrent Session OPTION TWO – 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Fun!damentals of CBT

Proven cognitive behavioural therapeutic activities can feel stiff and dull. This workshop will demonstrate innovative ways to implement CBT in interesting and engaging ways, with a focus on anxiety and depression treatment approaches. Practical approaches to a wide array of presenting issues, including “third wave” CBT as well as more traditional interventions will be reviewed. The 5 major elements of CBT will be enhanced with skill development, generalization strategies, homework compliance, and client tailored interventions.


DAY 2 | Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Randy Paterson, Ph.D.

1st Keynote – 8:30am – 10:15am

Goal Setting and Behavioural Activation: 10 Essential Tips to Create Change in CBT

Therapy usually occupies only one of the 168 hours in a client’s week – unless we use that hour to leverage change in the other 167. Goal setting is the primary tool for accomplishing this, and is at the core of much of CBT. Both clients and therapists routinely run into problems, resistance, self-sabotage, and forgetfulness with this most central element of therapy. In this keynote we discuss 10 concrete therapist behaviours that can enhance client understanding and progress across diverse client populations.

Afternoon Concurrent Session OPTION ONE – 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Incorporating Mindfulness-Based Strategies in CBT

Mindfulness is all the rage, but what is it and how can it aid us in our quest for therapeutic change? In this workshop we discuss and experience mindfulness and how it fits within CBT concepts. We will examine how much of our lives is spent divorced from sensory experience, and unaware of the mental processes in which we engage. You will learn strategies for introducing an awareness of mindfulness to clients, and we will discuss recommendations for simple exercises that clients can practice to increase their experience of the only moment that actually exists: the present.

Eboni Webb, Psy.D.

2nd Keynote – 10:30am – 12:00pm

DBT Consultation to the Client: Building a Skillful Life Worth Living

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a highly effective form of treatment for clients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).  However, many of these individuals have rarely developed life skills to build a proactive and responsive life versus a defensive and reactive one.  It has been necessary in Dr. Eboni Webb’s practice to take a holistic approach to treatment.  Skills acquisition, daily practice, and generalization are critical for our clients to develop an effective interdependent adult life. Dr. Webb will provide a brief discussion of DBT and its relationship to the Biosocial model, the neurological impact of trauma on the developing brain and how to address specific diagnoses via the skills.  She will discuss the importance of integrating DBT skills at the earliest point of treatment and utilizing skills as a foundation for life.

Afternoon Concurrent Session OPTION TWO – 1:00pm – 4:00pm

DBT Consultation to the Client: Building a Skillful Life Worth Living Continued

DBT skills are a well-documented evidence-based resource for clients that suffer from pervasive emotional dysregulation (e.g. Borderline Personality, Depression, Anxiety, etc.).  Guided by evidence-based best practices, this 3-hour workshop focuses on learning and practicing these skills in an experiential and collaborative manner.

Topics to be covered:

  1. Learn and practice key DBT skills through practicing experiential activities throughout the afternoon.
  2. Learn how to conduct skills training with the supplemental modules of dialectics, self-compassion, and self-validation.


DAY 3 | Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Reid Wilson, Ph.D.

1st Keynote – 8:30am – 10:15am

Brief Strategic Treatment for the Anxiety Disorders

The anxiety disorders control people by generating an absolute standard for certainty and comfort. The cutting-edge anxiety treatment is now pushing further into the confrontational. You will learn practical methods that enable clients to ignore the content of their worries and purposely to seek out anxiety as their ticket to freedom from crippling fear.

Afternoon Concurrent Session OPTION ONE – 1:00pm – 3:30pm

The Art of Persuasion: Changing the Mind on OCD

Those who succumb to the spell of obsessive-compulsive disorder conjure up a potion of avoidance and resistance as their only means of control. How do you move someone toward anxious uncertainty when their heart, mind and soul are committed to finding comfort? Participants will learn a persuasive strategy built out of whole cloth within the first session that will frame the entire treatment protocol.

Eboni Webb, Pys.D.

1st Keynote – 10:30am – 12:00pm

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for the Family System

DBT is a highly effective form of treatment for clients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Many of the features of BPD reflect early attachment issues, trauma, and sensitivities that render our clients more vulnerable in their adult lives. Dr. Webb has adapted the framework of DBT to address the family system as a whole, enabling healing the ancillary support system. She will discuss DBT and its relationship to attachment via the Biosocial model and the neurological impact of trauma on the developing brain. Also how the impact of early childhood parenting effects adult attachments.

Afternoon Concurrent Session OPTION TWO – 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for the Family System cont’d

DBT is a well-documented evidence-based practice for clients that suffer from pervasive emotional dysregulation. Guided by evidence-based best practices, this workshop focuses on applying and adapting DBT to the family system. Topics to be covered: Understand how to craft a DBT family treatment plan in the context of the Biosocial Model and its impact on attachment within the family system. Learn how to frame and conceptualize treatment strategies for the family system. Choose recommended intervention methods integrating DBT into the family system.

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Canadian Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA)
  • Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
  • Medical Psychotherapy Association Canada (MDPAC)
  • Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.

Your Presenter(s)

Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW

Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW, is a Social Worker, registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She has been working in the mental health field since 2000, most of which she has spent both in private practice and at Southlake Regional Health Centre, working with clients with severe mental health problems. Sheri has had extensive training in mindfulness, DBT and CBT, and has been running DBT-informed groups since 2004.




“I enjoyed the sessions very much. I find the group activities help facilitate learning. Please continue to do those activities or maybe add a few more!”
– The Manitoba CBT & DBT Conference | June 1, 2016


“Overall very good. Thought-provoking, inspiring – lots of ideas on how to use this knowledge to help clients.”
– The Manitoba CBT & DBT Conference | June 1, 2016


“Good, informative presentation. I enjoyed her case examples. Good engagement of audience.”
– The Vancouver CBT & DBT Conference | May 25, 2016


Lynn Miller, Ph.D., R.Psych

Lynn D. Miller, Ph.D., R.Psych started her career as a classroom teacher, and then worked as a school counselor K-12 in the US and Canada. As the Myrne Nevison Prevention Research Professor, she is currently investigating anxiety at the entry to school in grades kindergarten and one. A noted leader in mental health issues of school aged children, she recently completed her term as President of the Anxiety Disorders Assoc. of Canada, 2010-2014, and served as the President of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (2004-2006).  Dr. Miller  is known for her knowledge and clarity, sense of humor, compassion, and engaging speaking style.

Dr. Miller is a Registered Psychologist,  Certified Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, and an Associate Professor in the Education and Counseling Psychology and Special Education department at the University of British Columbia.  She has over 30 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings including hospitals, community mental health centers, schools, and private practice. She was a representative to Expert Round Table of BC Ministry of Child and Family Development on Mental Health, and helped plan how mental health services are disseminated and offered for the past 10 years in BC, with anxiety identification and service delivery to children and youth as the lead program. Her research team modified the evidence-based anxiety prevention curriculum (FRIENDS program) from its Australian form. This modified protocol is now in use across Canada, and endorsed by the World Health Organization.

She has trained hundreds of community mental health clinicians on anxiety identification and evidence-based interventions. She has given more than 400  presentations in North America, Scotland and Thailand, presenting research findings. She has written extensively about anxiety in youth from  scholarly, peer-reviewed journals to local mental health newsletters. She has held several research grants, examining the effects of empirically supported approaches to child anxiety in the public school system. She has conducted research on other models of anxiety prevention programs in schools, including Taming Worry Dragons, Skills for Social and Academic Success, Cool Little Kids, as well as an enhanced program for Aboriginal children.



“Thanks, Lynn. I feel like I can go back to my school with a lot of strategies/tools/confidence to deal with the numerous students who are struggling with anxiety!”
– Abbotsford, BC | April 22, 2016

“Lynn was phenomenal. I truly appreciate her applied approach to research based CBT techniques. They will be very useful in a school setting.
– Stephanie Leithead | Kelowna, BC | April 21, 2016


“Outstanding!!! The material was very practical and useful as a clinician. Lynn was an excellent presenter – very engaging, authentic, and enjoyable!
– Patti Fedar | Edmonton, AB | May 9, 2016


Randy Paterson, Ph.D.

Randy Paterson, Ph.D, R.Psych. is the founder and owner of Changeways Clinic, one of Vancouver’s largest psychotherapy services. He has treated individuals experiencing difficulty at the transition to adulthood for over 20 years, and has lectured on the phenomenon in public presentations. Dr Paterson has presented numerous educational programs over the past 25 years on subjects ranging from diversity awareness to depression treatment to psychotherapy process. One of his primary interests is the intersection of existential and cognitive behavioural approaches to therapy. His research publications include papers on depression, stress, anxiety, attention, and attachment theory. He is the author of Private Practice Made Simple, How to be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use, The Assertiveness Workbook, and Your Depression Map.


More information: http://www.changeways.com/aboutus/staff/drpaterson/drpaterson.html

Reid Wilson, Ph.D.

REID WILSON, Ph.D. is Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the UNC School of Medicine. He is author of Stopping the Noise in Your Head: The New Way to Overcome Anxiety and Worry and the classic self-help book Don’t Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks. He is co-author of Stop Obsessing! and Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents. He is a Founding Clinical Fellow of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) and Fellow of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. 

Chapel Hill, NC, March 28, 2014– Dr. Reid Wilson was presented with the nation’s highest honor in his field of anxiety disorders at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America’s (ADAA) Annual Conference held this week in Chicago. Dr. Wilson is only the second person who has ever received this award, presented to the one professional who exemplifies excellence and outstanding advocacy for patient education and care, training, and research.

Dr. Wilson has dedicated his 30-year career to developing self-help strategies for the anxiety disorders. He is the author or co-author of four self-help books, including Don’t Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks (Harper), Stop Obsessing!: How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions (Bantam), the newly-released Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children (HCI Books), and it’s free companion e-Book, Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids. Dr. Wilson volunteers as the expert for WebMD’s Anxiety & Panic Community. His free self-help website – www.anxieties.com – serves 500,000 visitors per year. He designed and served as lead psychologist for American Airlines’ first national program for the fearful flier.  Dr. Wilson served on the Board of Directors of ADAA for 12 years and served as Program Chair of the National Conferences on Anxiety Disorders from 1988-1991. He has offered trainings throughout the world in the treatment of anxiety. He is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UNC School of Medicine and directs the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center in Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.

The Jerilyn Ross Clinician Advocate Award honors the memory and lifework of Jerilyn Ross, cofounder of ADAA and president from 1985 to 2010.


More information: anxieties.com

Eboni Webb, Psy.D.

Eboni Webb, Psy.D., earned her doctorate of clinical psychology from the Minnesota school of Professional Psychology (Argosy University) and is the owner of Kairos Mental Health Cooperative, LLC, which offers diverse DBT programming to children and adults. She continues to serve as an advisor to the Dialectical Behavior Therapy National Certification and Accreditation Association (DBTNCAA) and a continuing education Dialectical Behavior Therapy trainer for PESI, inc.

More information: http://www.kairosmentalhealth.com/KMH/

Who Should Attend

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Probation Officers, Police Officers, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Recommended Accommodation

Four Points by Sheraton Edmonton South

7230 Argyll Road, Edmonton, AB

phone:  780.465.7931

website:  www.fourpointsedmontonsouth.com

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Our rates:

For April 2-5, 2017

Deluxe Queen or King Guestroom – $119 + Tax

Cut-off Date: March 3, 2017

* Registrants can book online at https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1702100456&key=26231A02 or call reservations at 780.465.7931 (ext. 0). Please use the group booking code JD02AA for phone reservations. 

* Please note that the number of rooms at our corporate rates are limited.

When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual Enrollment (1 Day) $229 $249
Individual Enrollment (2 Day) $399 $419
Individual Enrollment (3 Day) $579 $599
Group 3-7 $559 $579
Group 8-14 $539 $559
Group 15+ $519 $539
Full-Time Student $519 $539

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Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: March 30, 2017
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Thursday, March 30, 2017.

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