Calming the Emotional Storm: Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy to Treat Emotion Dysregulation

Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW

Sept. 24-25 &

Oct 2, 2020

9:00am – 1:00pm



Compulsive Self-Endangering Behaviours Trauma Survivors

Overview of Program

Are you working with clients who are unable to manage their emotions? We all know the challenges this can present. Dialectical behavior 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 such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, in which emotion dysregulation plays a key role.

Following an introduction to DBT theory and how this treatment differs from traditional cognitive behavior therapy, leading expert Sheri Van Dijk will discuss how DBT can be applied to working with clients facing this broad range of conditions.

Through lecture and experiential exercises, you’ll 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.


Sheri Van Dijk is a social worker, in private practice in Newmarket, Ontario. She is the author of several books that teach clients how to use DBT skills for problems with emotion regulation, as well as DBT Made Simple, a book for clinicians in which she aims to make DBT more accessible to mental health professionals.

Sheri is the 2010 recipient of the Canadian Psychiatric Association’s R.O. Jones Award for her research using DBT with bipolar disorder, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders in 2013.  While maintaining a private practice with a specialization in DBT and mindfulness practice, she has been presenting extensively on DBT throughout Canada and internationally. 


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Learning Objectives

  • Introduce Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and briefly review its origins, including differences between DBT and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Review the three underlying theories of DBT: the biosocial theory, dialectics, and behavior theory
  • Learn how DBT can be used to help clients facing a broad range of conditions (including depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder) in which emotional regulation plays a key role.
  • 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.
  • Learn how to format DBT sessions to provide the structure your dysregulated clients need.
  • Learn dialectical strategies to help clients move to make positive changes and get unstuck in treatment.
  • Discuss how DBT skills will help you improve your own sense of efficacy in therapy, and reduce the likelihood of burnout

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Who is This Training For?

This seminar is for:

  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Medical Professionals
  • Social Workers
  • Youth Workers
  • Counsellors and Therapists
  • Family Therapists
  • School Guidance Counselors
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Case Managers
  • Clergy
  • Other Professionals in the Human Service Sector
  • Current students in these related fields


  • September 24-25 & October 2, 2020 | 9:00am- 1:00pm


Publications by Sheri Van Dijk


The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bipolar Disorder: Using DBT to Regain Control of Your Emotions and Your Life. June, 2009. New Harbinger Publications.

The Bipolar Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Take Charge of Your Life. January, New Harbinger Publications (co-author).

Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens. February, 2011. New Harbinger Publications.

Calming The Emotional Storm:  Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Help You Find Balance In Your Life. 2012. New Harbinger Publications.

DBT Made Simple: A Step-by-Step Guide to Dialectical Behavior Therapy. 2012. New Harbinger Publications.

Relationship Skills 101 For Teens. 2015. New Harbinger Publications.

Surviving The Emotional Roller Coaster for Teens. (2016). New Harbinger Publications.

The DBT Skills Workbook for Self-harm for Teens (in press). New Harbinger Publications.




A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study of Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills in a Psychoeducational Group for Individuals With Bipolar Disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders (March, 2013).

DBT Strategic Planning Meeting Participant at University of Washington, October 3rd – 4th, 2015.