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DBT Made Simple: Essential Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills for Emotionally Dysregulated Clients | Seminar on 4 DVDs | 6 hours, 2 minutes
Van Dijk, Sheri, MSW
PESI, Inc. / Seminar on DVD / 2013-05-01 / X45315
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
price: $246.50 (may be subject to change)
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NOTE: The seminar manual, CE information, and CE test are contained on disc #1 in PDF format. To access these documents, play disc #1 in your computer. For the video presentation, begin playing disc #1 in your DVD player.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy - its not just for Borderline Personality Disorder anymore!
Use DBT to treat mood & anxiety disorders
Optimize treatment and improve outcomes with dialectical strategies
Learn the four modules of DBT and how to teach them to your clients!

Join DBT expert Sheri Van Dijk, international speaker and author of DBT Made Simple (New Harbinger 2012), and learn how to use Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to treat your clients – even if they don’t have Borderline Personality Disorder.

This seminar recording will make DBT more accessible to you the clinician. Emphasizing the flexibility of DBT, you will improve your ability to use DBT skills with clients experiencing a variety of mental health problems, such as bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety. End Sheri’s practical, inspiring and highly praised seminar recording with new evidence-based skills that can be broadly used in your practice.

Research is finally catching up with us, demonstrating what we’ve known intuitively and experientially for over a decade: dialectical behavior therapy is effective in treating the most severe personality disorders to the more straight-forward mood and anxiety disorders. In this workshop, DBT will be de-mystified and you will learn how to use this therapy in a flexible way to effectively treat a variety of mental illnesses.



The Biosocial Theory and Emotion Dysregulation
BPD and other psychiatric conditions
Reduces stigma of BPD
Re-conceptualize BPD as a disorder of dysregulation

Incorporate a Dialectical Perspective into DBT
Move away from black and white thinking
Reducing power-struggles with clients through dialectical thinking

The “B” in DBT: an emphasis on Behavior Theory
Important concepts of behavior theory to provide effective DBT
The therapeutic alliance to help clients make positive changes

Evidence-based practice: DBT for BPD and other mental health illnesses


The Behavior Tracking Sheet and structuring the 1:1 session
Reconceptualizing the “Diary Card”
Agenda-setting - provide much-needed structure to dysregulated clients mental health illnesses

Dialectical and problem-solving strategies
The Behavioral Analysis
Dialectical strategies
Irreverent vs. reciprocal communication-therapist self-disclosure
Use of metaphor in therapy
Devil’s advocate
Making lemonade out of lemons
Importance of observing limits
How and when to use self-disclosure, limits and guidelines
“Setting boundaries” vs. observing limits


Mindfulness, Mindfulness, and more Mindfulness
Emotion dysregulation
Teaching mindfulness to a variety of client populations

Distress Tolerance Skills
Distracting and self-soothing
The costs and benefits of problem-behaviors

Emotion Regulation Skills
Learn how to self-validate
Reduce vulnerability to emotion mind
Opposite to emotion action

Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills
Assessing relationships
Balancing priorities and responsibilities in life
Skills to become more assertive
Improve self-esteem


Describe the building blocks of DBT: The Biosocial Model, Dialectics, and Behavior Theory.
Demonstrate strategies to build rapport and maximize effectiveness in 1:1 sessions.
Explain methods of teaching mindfulness (and get tips on subsequent trouble-shooting) to clients.
Develop your skills in teaching Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness skills.
Summarize DBT skills and approach in their use with the anxious, depressed and bipolar client.
Practice techniques that will assist you in balancing change and acceptance strategies in order to improve outcomes for your clients.


Sheri Van Dijk, MSW is a Canadian social worker who works both in private practice and in a community hospital, with clients diagnosed with severe mental illness such as bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, personality disorders and co-morbid substance abuse. Sheri has had extensive training in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness, and cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT), and provides DBT-informed therapy in both individual and group settings.

Sheri is the author of DBT Made Simple (New Harbinger 2012), a book that teaches clinicians the “ins and outs” of providing DBT to clients with mixed psychiatric diagnoses. She has also written The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bipolar Disorder, Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens, and Calming the Emotional Storm, and is co-author of The Bipolar Workbook for Teens. The focus of these books is on teaching clients 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, presented at the Canadian Psychiatric Association Conference in 2010, and this article is to be published in the Journal of Affective Disorders.

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