2 Day DBT Intensive
Using DBT To Treat Emotion Dysregulation Disorders
Presented by Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW
Monday, April 9, 2018 – Tuesday, April 10, 2018 | Edmonton, ab
Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is a treatment originally designed to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD). In recent years it has been increasingly used to treat many other disorders because of its usefulness in treating clients unable to manage emotions.
Following an introduction to DBT theory and how this treatment differs from traditional cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), Sheri Van Dijk will discuss how DBT can be applied to working with clients facing a broad range of conditions such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder, in which emotion dysregulation plays a key role.
Through lecture and experiential exercises, you will explore the four modules of DBT skills (Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness) and learn how to teach these skills to your clients. You will learn how to format DBT sessions to provide the structure your dysregulated clients need.
In addition, Sheri will introduce DBT strategies to help foster the therapeutic relationship, maximize therapeutic gains, and reduce the likelihood of therapist burnout.
Agenda & Learning Objectives
- Introduction to Mindfulness & Practice
- Background of DBT
- The DBT Model, Research, Adapting DBT, DBT for Other Diagnoses
- Biosocial Theory of BPD
- Dialectics, Validation & Other Dialectical Strategies
- Behavior Theory & Contingency Management
- Behavior Tracking Sheet
- Behavioral Analysis Exercise
- DBT Skills: More About Mindfulness and How to Teach it
- Core Mindfulness Skills
- Finish off Core Mindfulness Skills
- Introduction to Emotion Regulation Skills
- Complete Discussion of Emotions Regulation Skills
- Introduce Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills
- Finish IE Skills
- Introduce Distress Tolerance Skills
- Finish DT Skills
- Pro’s and Con’s exercise
- Radical Acceptance
- Willingness vs. Wilfulness
- Solution Analysis
- Case Examples
- How to teach your clients the four sets of DBT skills to help them get through crisis situations without making the situation worse; to manage their emotions more effectively; and to develop and maintain healthier relationships
- How to apply DBT skills to a range of psychiatric illnesses and other problems of daily living (e.g. low self-esteem, difficulties managing anger)
- Dialectical strategies to address clients who are “stuck” in therapy, resulting in inertia or unhealthy mechanisms of escape and avoidance, and how these strategies can lead to transformational healing
- Tools such as the Tracking Sheet and the Behavioural Analysis to increase structure in sessions and to help clients move toward change
- Behaviour Theory techniques to help clients understand what might be maintaining their problem behaviours and to get unstuck from these ingrained patterns
- Skills to help you improve your own sense of efficacy in therapy, and reduce the likelihood of therapist burnout
Continuing Education Credits
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, Probation Officers, Police Officers, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.
Executive Royal Inn West Edmonton
10010 – 178 St. NW
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Early bird cutoff date: March 26, 2018
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