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3 Day Intensive: DBT Made Simple

Using Dialectical Behaviour Therapy to Treat Emotion Regulation Disorders

Presented by Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW

Monday, July 8, 2019 – Wednesday, July 10, 2019  |  , ,

!  Important Notice:

The Earlybird Deadline has now been extended to 26/06/2019

Date & Location

Monday, July 8, 2019 – Wednesday, July 10, 2019

9:00am – 4:00pm

Banff Park Lodge Resort & Conference Centre

222 Lynx Street, Banff, AB

phone:  403.762.4433

website:  www.banffparklodge.com

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

In this intensive 3-day workshop, DBT will be de-mystified and you will learn how to use this highly effective therapy to better treat your clients with problems managing emotions. Sheri’s unique workshops emphasize the flexibility of DBT and the benefits of using this therapy to treat disorders other than borderline personality disorder, including bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and concurrent substance use; as well as other difficulties clients experience such as problems with self-esteem, anger, and grief.

Through lecture, experiential exercises, and case consultation you will explore the four modules of DBT: Core Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Explore tools and strategies to improve the therapeutic relationship and reduce feelings of ineffectiveness and burn-out. Viewing video-tapes of Sheri’s real-life sessions will provide you with a better understanding of the flow of individual sessions as well as how to balance accepting clients where they are with pushing them to make positive changes.

Bringing her years of clinical experience in both private practice and as part of a community hospital; and working with both individuals and DBT-informed groups, Sheri’s practical, inspiring, and highly praised workshop will give you evidence-based skills that can be immediately put into practice.

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Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

Essentials of DBT

  • Mindfulness
  • DBT versus CBT
  • Traditional DBT model versus adapted models

Biosocial Theory of Emotion Dysregulation

  • Understand how emotion dysregulation develops in BPD and other psychiatric illnesses such as:
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Bipolar disorder
  • Learn how this theory drives treatment
  • Take a nonjudgmental perspective of clients
  • Reduce self-blame and shame in clients

Dialectics In Therapy

  • Reduce therapist burn-out and power-struggles in treatment through balanced thinking
  • Strategies to help clients (and clinicians!) get unstuck in session
  • How dialectical dilemmas affect therapy
  • Communication strategies:
    • Shaking things up with Irreverence
    • Building rapport with Reciprocal communication
  • Emphasis on validation to reduce emotional arousal
  • Other dialectical strategies

Reducing Therapist Burn-Out

  • Living your own life more mindfully
  • The Behavior Tracking Sheet
  • Observing limits

The “B” in DBT

  • Behavior Theory “brush-up”
  • Help clients understand their behaviors from a learning theory perspective
  • Contingency management
  • Behavioral Analysis

Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity

  • DBT skills change the brain
  • Using these ideas to motivate your clients
  • Changing problem-behaviors
  • Teaching mindfulness to a variety of client populations

The Four Skills Modules

  1. Core Mindfulness Skills
  • An alternative way of thinking about mindfulness
  • How mindfulness helps
  • Mindfulness as a way of life
  1. Emotion Regulation Skills
  • Recognize and name emotions
  • Understand the function of emotions
  • Reduce vulnerability to emotions through lifestyle changes
  • Reduce the negatives and increase the positives
  • Opposite Action to help down-regulate painful emotions
  • Self-validation
  1. Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills
  • Teach clients to:
    • Form and maintain safe, healthy relationships
    • Set and prioritize goals in interpersonal interactions
    • Improve assertive communication
    • Increase self-respect
    • Have a healthier balance of responsibilities versus enjoyable activities
  1. Distress Tolerance Skills
  • Help your clients get through crisis situations without making things worse by:
    • Distracting
    • Self-soothing
  • Considering the Pro’s and Con’s of problem behaviors
  • Managing urges

Learning Objectives

  • Learn more about the origins of DBT in order to more fully understand it, including a brief look at DBT versus CBT; the traditional DBT model; and research showing that adaptations of DBT can be very effective.
  • Describe the biosocial theory and how this applies to BPD and other disorders of emotion dysregulation.
  • Discuss behavior theory and the importance of these concepts to building stronger relationships with clients, and to assist clients in making behavioural changes.
  • Demonstrate a variety of mindfulness techniques to make mindfulness more understandable and acceptable to clients.
  • Explain the basics of dialectics and some dialectical strategies for the individual session to help get clients unstuck and to build the therapeutic alliance.
  • Practice the Behavioral Analysis
  • Reduce therapist burn-out through observing limits and use of skills such as nonjudgmental stance and radical acceptance
  • Develop a basic understanding of neuroplasticity and how mindfulness relates to this, as well as how you can translate this into skills and use these ideas to help increase client motivation.
  • Explain skills in the Emotion Regulation module to give clinicians a basic understanding of how to teach these skills to clients to regulate emotions more effectively.
  • Demonstrate the distress tolerance skills that will help clients survive crisis situations and learn how to not act on urges.
  • Discuss Interpersonal Effectiveness skills: the importance of increasing and maintaining positive relationships and improving communication.
  • Discuss how these skills can be helpful in treating a wide array of psychiatric conditions and problems, including major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and problems with anger and self-esteem.

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Canadian Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA)
  • Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC)
  • Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
  • Medical Psychotherapy Association Canada (MDPAC)
  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • 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.


This workshop counts towards the 21-hour educational requirements when applying for Certification in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (CDBT) available from Evergreen Certification Institute (EVGCI). Go to https://www.evgci.com/evgcert/appprocess for details.

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.




“Sheri did an amazing job presenting and drawing from her own experiences to help teach these concepts during the training. Your wealth of knowledge and expertise has totally recharged me and given me more tools to use in the DBT skills group that I run with my colleague.”
– Lindsay | Calgary, AB | May 17-18, 2017


“She was very insightful and relatable. Her examples were real and easy to relate back to the material. Overall, the workshop was very enjoyable and I would definitely attend another if offered”
– Calgary, AB | May 17-18, 2017


“Ms. Van Dijk is exceptionally clear, well organized and able to respond to all questions and nuances with clarity. She is committed to her DBT approach and a wonderful teacher. I learned many useful techniques to apply in my psychotherapy with borderline clients.” 
– Emile Kemlo | Victoria, BC | May 15-16, 2017


“Sheri was a detailed presenter + mindful of her audiences needs as learners. She answered our questions, offered her own examples, + made sure light/temperature was comfortable.”
– Danielle Lambrecht | Victoria, BC | May 15-16, 2017


“The workshop was informative, it was interesting to see some of these skills from a DBT perspective. To see them put together and organized into 4 DBT skill sets. It will help to organize and focus what skills to teach/cover with people I work with.”
– Victoria, BC | May 15-16, 2017


“Sheri is very down-to-earth. She presents excellent, concrete examples. She is open to questions and willing to think with people about issues. I greatly appreciated her sharing her knowledge and experience in such a warm and genuine manner.” 
– Angela Bartley | Winnipeg, MB | Dec 1-2, 2016


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, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Recommended Accommodation

Banff Park Lodge Resort & Conference Centre

222 Lynx Street, Banff, AB

phone:  403.762.4433

website:  www.banffparklodge.com

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

To make a reservation, please call 800.661.9266.

*Please book early to reserve your space! This workshop takes place during Banff’s high season, ALL recommended accommodation will sell out. 

The Banff Lodging Company offers a 10% discount at their sister properties. Bookings must be made a minimum of 45 days prior to the event.  All bookings are based on availability at time of booking. This discount is available from July 2 – 18, 2019.

10% Discount:

  • Moose Hotel & Suites
  • Inns of Banff
  • Bumpers Inn
  • Rocky Mountain Resort
  • Tunnel Mountain Resort
  • Hidden Ridge Resort
  • Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa
  • Banff Ptarmigan Inn
  • Fox Hotel & Suites

More information at www.bestofbanff.com



Banff Lodging Company – Call 1.800.563.8764 reference the “Jack Hirose & Associates Group Rate #2570866”.

Alternate Options (no discount/ not affiliated):

Banff Airporter Bus 15% Discount
The Banff Park Lodge in the heart of the Alberta Rocky Mountains and does not have an international airport. For those coming from away, the best option is to fly into Calgary, Alberta, Canada (YYC) and rent a car or take the Banff Airporter (bus) to get to your hotel. The ride will take about two hours and you will enjoy a wonderful view of the mountains as you approach.

Receive a 15% discount on the Banff Airporter’s shuttle service between the Calgary Airport and door to door service to your hotel in Banff. 

To book please go to www.banffairporter.com/book Please insert one of the promo codes below in the Promo Code section on the final payment page to receive the discount.

  • July 2 – 6, 2019 – FORSYTHSAVE15
  • July 7 – 11, 2019 – VANDIJKSAVE15
  • July 14 – 18, 2019 – BERKSAVE15

If have any questions you can call their toll free number at 1.888.449.2901.

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 $619 $639
Group 3-7 $599 $619
Group 8-14 $579 $599
Group 15+ $559 $579
Full-Time Student $559 $579

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

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

Early bird cutoff date: June 26, 2019
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Wednesday, June 26, 2019.

Please review our Registration Terms and Conditions for information on our cancellation policy, payment policies, rebates, and more. You must agree to our Terms and Conditions to register for a workshop or conference.

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Exhibitors are welcome at this event. We are pleased to offer sponsorship opportunities to businesses and organizations that provide services related to nursing, psychotherapy, addictions treatment, counselling, marriage & family therapy, psychology and other related fields.
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