For more information about Sheri and her work:

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: Calming the Emotional Storm

with Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW, Author of DBT Made Simple


Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7 & 8, 2022, 1:15pm – 4:30pm ET*
4-part workshop

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​​Certificates of Attendance / CEU's / CE Information 

For those requiring a Certificate of Attendance, certificates will be issued upon either:

1.   Verification of 100% attendance during the live broadcast OR
2.   Successful completion of a post-training quiz with a minimum score of 75% (multiple attempts allowed). This          option is for those who do not attend the full workshop “live”.

Certificates will indicate the number of direct education hours (12), not including breaks. Certificates may be used to qualify for eligibility for Continuing Education Credits from licensing boards and professional colleges; it is the participant’s responsibility to contact their college or association to confirm its requirements and the workshop's eligibility for CEU's / CE’s. This workshop has been pre-approved for 12 continuing education hours by the CACCF.  

Cancellation Policy

​​An administrative fee of $50 will be charged for all cancellations. Cancellation 14 or more days prior to the workshop date – receive a refund, less $50 administration fee. Cancellation less than 14 days prior to the workshop date – receive a credit, less $50 administration fee, to be applied to a future workshop. No credit or refund will be issued if you do not notify us in advance of the workshop date. You may transfer your registration to another individual at no extra cost. In this case, please notify Mission: Empowerment of the name of the alternate person. The organizers reserve the right to cancel the event due to instructor illness, extreme weather, under-enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a workshop is cancelled, any registration payment will be returned in full. Liability is limited to a refund of workshop/live-stream fees only. 

Refunds will not be issued in cases where a registrant did not receive the workshop login instruction email due to email issues.  It is the registrant’s responsibility to contact us if they don’t receive the required login information at least 24 hours prior to the start time of the workshop.

​​​​​Instructor: Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW​
Location: Online Live Stream Event

Early Bird Cost: $379 CAD + GST/HST (if applicable) by October 30, 2022
Regular Cost: $419 CAD + GST/HST (if applicable) after October 30, 2022
​**All prices are in CAD$. American Patrons - your dollar goes further! $1 CAD = $0.80 USD (as of June 6, 2022 - check online for current exchange rate) 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: November 30, 2022 at 10am ET

* For information about Group Rates and Discounts
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About the Presenter

Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW, is a Social Worker who has been working with clients with severe mental health problems since 2000. With extensive experience in a hospital setting, Sheri now sees clients in private practice, and provides consultation and training internationally to other clinicians. Sheri has had extensive training in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and mindfulness and has been providing DBT-informed therapy to individuals and groups since 2004.  In 2010 Sheri was the winner of the R.O. Jones award for her research on using DBT with bipolar disorder, presented at the Canadian Psychiatric Association Conference.

Sheri is the author of several books that focus on helping readers learn DBT skills and apply them to a variety of mental health problems, including
Calming the Emotional Storm and Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens. In 2013, she published DBT Made Simple, with the aim of making the therapy more accessible to both clients and clinicians. Sheri’s newest book, The DBT Workbook for Emotional Relief will be released in July 2022.

​​Workshop Description

​Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is a treatment that was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD), but it is increasingly being used for many other mental health issues because of its usefulness in treating clients who are unable to self-regulate. DBT can provide these clients with skills to better manage their emotions.

Following an introduction to DBT theory and an examination of how it differs from traditional Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Sheri will discuss how DBT can be applied to working with clients facing a broad range of conditions (including depression, anxiety disorders and bipolar disorder) in which emotion dysregulation plays a key role.

Through lecture and experiential exercises, you will explore the four modules of skills taught in DBT (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.

You will learn:

  • 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 problems and psychiatric illnesses
  • 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
  • Skills to help you improve your own sense of efficacy in therapy, and reduce the likelihood of therapist burnout 

Who Should Attend?

Helping professionals who provide support and/or counselling to people with emotion regulation difficulties.

​You will receive:

  • Login details and instructions emailed in advance of the workshop
  • Downloadable handouts
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Access to a recording of the workshop for a limited period of time after the workshop - so if you can’t join live, or need to miss part of the live workshop and want to view it afterwards, we’ve got you covered!