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Friday, October 25th 2013

DBT Made Simple: Practical Applications for Work with Mental Health and Substance Use

Shari Van Dijk, MSW, RSW
presented by The Mental Health and Pinewood Centre Program of Lakeridge Health

DATE: Friday October 25, 2013
TIME: Registration 8:30am
9:00am to 4:00pm
LOCATION: Tosca Banquet Hall
800 Champlain Ave.
Oshawa, ON
Phone: 905-404-9400
Registration Fee: $195.00(includes continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments and the book DBT Made Simple.

CACCF Core CEU Credit Hours: 6.0

INTENDED AUDIENCE: This workshop will be of interest to Mental Health and Addictions Counsellors, Social Workers, Nurses,
Community Health Professionals, Educators, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, and Physicians.

PRESENTER: Sheri 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 concerns. Sheri has had extensive training in
mindfulness, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT), and has been running DBT-informed
groups since 2004.

Sheri is the author of several DBT books; including Calming the Emotional Storm (2012), The Dialectical Behavior
Therapy Skills Workbook for Bipolar Disorder (2009), Don't Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens (2011), and co-author of
The Bipolar Disorder Workbook for Teens (2010). Her most recent book, DBT Made Simple (2012), aims to make dialectical
behavior therapy more accessible to therapists working with diagnoses other than borderline personality disorder. The focus of
Sheri’s books is to teach reader’s how to use mindfulness practice and DBT skills to help them live emotionally healthier lives.
Sheri is the winner of the R.O. Jones award for her research on using DBT with bipolar disorder, published in the
Journal of Affective Disorders; presented at the Canadian Psychiatric Association Conference in September, 2010.

PURPOSE: This presentation will address the practical applications of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in working with client with
mental health and/or substance use concerns. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a psychotherapy model created by
psychologist Marsha Linehan originally designed to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD). This presentation will address
how DBT differs from traditional therapy such as CBT; Sheri Van Dijk will discuss how DBT can be applied to working with
clients facing a broad range of conditions (including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance use and concurrent
disorders) in which emotional regulation plays a key role. Furthermore, Sheri will share with participants how DBT can be used
to provide clients with skills they can apply in their everyday lives to better manage their emotions.

Among the content areas to be explores are the following:
• Introduction to DBT
• Four modules of skills taught in DBT (Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation &
Interpersonal Effectiveness)
• Practical approaches for introducing clients to mindfulness
• Techniques for helping clients manage overwhelming emotions
• How to configure their DBT group or individual sessions to provide structure and consistency to clients who are
struggling to tolerate distress.
• DBT strategies to help foster and deepen the therapeutic relationship between client and clinician and ways to
maximize therapeutic gains,
• Self-management skills to reduce the likelihood of therapist burnout


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