Calming the Emotional Storm: Beyond the Basics with Sheri Van Dijk

March 5 & 6, 2018

Workshop Description:

Many therapists have been introduced to core concepts of DBT through Sheri Van Dijk’s workshop “Calming the Emotional Storm”, as well as through her books.  This “Beyond the Basics” advanced workshop is intended for clinicians with a basic understanding of DBT who want to develop more sophisticated and targeted interventions by:

  • Delving further into treatment planning from a DBT perspective and learning how to decide which DBT interventions will best suit a client’s needs;
  • Exploring how to teach the DBT skills to clients in relation to Axis I diagnoses such as depression, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorder;
  • Discussing what to do when interventions don’t seem to be moving the client forward; and
  • Taking a closer look at the role of the DBT consultation team

In this workshop, Sheri will focus on how to use DBT strategies and skills to treat psychiatric illnesses other than borderline personality disorder, including bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety, and issues such as anger, grief, and self-esteem.  Sheri will also look at challenges encountered by new DBT therapists, ideas to help therapists deal with client “resistance”, and techniques to help clinicians manage escalating emotions during the session.

  • This experiential and collaborative training will help expand your knowledge of DBT strategies and skills through lecture, role-play, video analysis of clients, and practical exercises.
  • Focus more on how to apply the DBT skills to your own personal and professional life, and learn how these skills will help to reduce feelings of ineffectiveness and burnout with clients
  • Enhance your skills in validation and being nonjudgemental in order to help your clients learn to tolerate their emotional experiences and move forward
  • Practice considering clients from a behaviour theory perspective to help you analyze what might be keeping people stuck
  • Learn more dialectical strategies to help clients move forward in treatment, and to elicit commitment to working on goals
  • Practice working as part of a DBT consultation team

Approved for 12 hours of MDPAC Group CE credits & 2 hours of MDPAC CCI credits.

Early Bird Rate: $389.00 + HST (total of $439.57) by February 5th, 2018.

Regular Rate: $409.00 + HST (total of $462.17) after February 5th, 2018.

Includes morning and afternoon refreshments


Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW

Sheri is a Social Worker, who has been working in the mental health field since 2000. She has been working with clients with severe mental health problems, both in private practice and at a community hospital, since 2004. Sheri has had extensive training in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness, and cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT), and has been providing DBT-informed therapy to individuals and groups since 2004.

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 The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bipolar Disorder, 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; and to help clinicians see that this treatment can be used to effectively treat many different emotional problems. Sheri has been presenting extensively on DBT and conducting DBT workshops for mental health professionals in Canada and abroad.

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 September, 2010.

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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for the Treatment of Eating Disorders with Dr. Anita Federici

April 30 & May 1, 2018

Workshop Description:

Eating disorder (ED) treatment is inherently complex, multifaceted, and typicallylong-term. Characterized by disturbed eating patterns (such as food restriction, binge eating, self-induced vomiting, excessive exercise), disturbances in the way the body is perceived, and characteristic personality traits (including perfectionism, risk-avoidance vs impulsivity), EDs typically begin in adolescence and can be life threatening. Individuals with EDs also frequently present with co-occurring anxiety and mood disorders, suicidal and self-injurious behaviour, PTSD, and substance misuse.

Cognitive and behavioural interventions have been the cornerstone of evidence- based treatment for EDs, predominantly for binge eating and purging behaviours.

Over the past decade, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), a comprehensive cognitive-behavioural intervention that integrates mindfulness and acceptance- based practices, has been adapted for EDs. A growing literature supports the use of DBT in ED treatment, particularly for individuals with multi-diagnostic presentations and those who have not responded adequately to traditional ED programming.

In this engaging and comprehensive training, the following material will be covered by way of didactic presentation, video material, case examples, practice exercises, small group discussions, and role-plays:

  • How to identify eating disorders
  • Rationale for using DBT for the treatment of eating disorders
  • The Biosocial Theory adapted for eating disorders
  • DBT treatment assumptions
  • Strategies to manage multiple problem behaviours
  • Skills to enhance commitment and motivation
  • How to balance validation/acceptance with change-based strategies across levels of care
  • Adapted diary cards for eating disorder treatment
  • Introduction to DBT skills adapted for eating disorders
  • How to conduct behaviour chain analyses on purging, restricting, binge eating, etc.

This training will address how the above concepts and skills may be used across levels of care (e.g., outpatient individual therapy, day treatment, inpatient programming) and across populations (e.g., adolescents, adults, families).

This is an excellent professional development opportunity for psychologists, psychiatry residents, physicians, social workers, dietitians, mental health clinicians, registered clinical counsellors, nurses, educators and others who interact with individuals, parents and/or families in our community

Dr. Anita Federici is a Clinical and Research Psychologist practicing in Midland Ontario and a registered member with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from York University in 2008 and completed a Research and Clinical Fellowship in the Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Anita has an established reputation for her work as a therapist, trainer, researcher, program director and consultant to practitioners at various hospitals and organizations. She is a recognized authority on eating disorder treatment and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). Her work has been presented at international conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals and invited book chapters.

Between 2009 and 2011, Dr. Federici served as the Director of the DBT program at the Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders. In this role she helped to develop one of the first comprehensive DBT day programs for clients with complex and “difficult to treat” eating disorder presentations. She has gone on to work with and train other teams in the DBT model, including the eating disorder programs at the Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga, London Health Sciences, and McMaster Children’s Hospital. Currently she is working with the Ontario Community Outreach Program, providing DBT training for the OHIP covered provincial ED programs. Dr. Federici is also working to increase ED services in the North Simcoe region.

Approved for 12 hours of MDPAC Group CE credits 2 hours of MDPAC CCI credits.

Early Bird Rate: $389.00 + HST (total of $439.57) by March 30th, 2018.

Regular Rate: $409.00 + HST (total of $462.17) after March 30th, 2018.

Morning and afternoon refreshments included

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Cultivating Courage & Shame Resilience within Clients with Ivana Mitchell MSW, RSW, RP, CDWF

 June 4 & 5, 2018

Workshop Description:

Shame - the painful feeling of being inadequate, unworthy, and unlovable - is perhaps the most primitive and complex of all emotions, and commonly experienced by many clients struggling with mental illness, addiction, trauma, aggression, and eating disorders. Shame is at the root of perfectionism, self-loathing, and our inner critic, corroding the very part of us that believes we are capable of change. It is universal and no one is exempt. That means that there is no “us and them” – as professional helpers, we also feel and experience shame alongside our clients. And yet, despite its pervasiveness and power, shame is seldom acknowledged and vastly neglected in helping professions. There is no getting around it: we must have the conversation about shame with our clients and do our own shame work as professional helpers, so we can be fully present, open, and engaged to transform and heal shame for those we support.

This two-day workshop is designed for helping professionals and based on the ground-breaking and transformative methodology of Brené Brown - a social work professor, researcher, and New York Times bestselling author. Brené has spent the last fifteen years studying vulnerability, shame, worthiness, and courage. She has created practical and accessible tools to support individuals as they move through shame to cultivate more courage, compassion and connection in their lives.

With a balance of didactic, interactive, and experiential elements, participants will receive in-depth and practical approaches to working with shame, both as individuals who experience shame as well as helping professionals who support others become more courageous and shame resilient.

Drawing from Brené Brown’s research as well as Leslie Greenberg (Emotion Focused Therapy) and Kristin Neff (Mindful Self-Compassion), participants will be able to:

  • Understand shame as a bio-psycho-social-cultural construct
  • Define and identify shame and differentiate it from other emotions of self-evaluation, such as guilt, humiliation, and embarrassment
  • Identify the physiological, cognitive, and behavioural manifestations of shame
  • Recognize common identity and gender-based triggers for shame
  • Identify ineffective methods individuals utilize to protect themselves from the pain of shame that perpetuate disconnection
  • Understand the relationship between vulnerability, shame, and courage
  • Detect barriers that shame creates to the therapeutic alliance and clients’ progress, and methods to move through the challenges and get unstuck
  • Provide psycho-education to clients about shame – what it is, how it develops, and strategies to become more shame resilient
  • Strengthen therapeutic presence and empathy skills to prevent empathic failure and create a space where clients feel safe to talk about shame
  • Learn focusing techniques and self-compassion practices to facilitate clients’ attunement to their internal experience, helping them better identify their emotions, underlying needs, and respond with kindness and care

Ivana Mitchell holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from York University, with a special education and interest in mental health and psychotherapy. She is a registered member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW). Working for a Family Health Organization in Woodbridge and in private practice, she currently provides counselling and service navigation to youth and adults struggling with a full spectrum of life challenges. Ivana is also one of a handful of Certified Daring Way Facilitators (CDWF) in Ontario, offering Dr. Brené Brown's psycho-educational programs The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™, aimed at supporting individuals to embrace vulnerability, cultivate shame resilience, and live a wholehearted life.

Approved for 12 hours of MDPAC Group CE credits and 2 hours of MDPAC CCI credits.

Early Bird Rate: $389.00 + HST (total of $439.57) by May 5th, 2018.

Regular Rate: $409.00 + HST (total of $462.17 after May 5th, 2018.


Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy to Treat Emotion Dysregulation in Clients with Sheri Van Dijk

September 17 & 18, 2018

Workshop Description:

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.

In this workshop 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 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

Approved for 12 hours of MDPAC Group CE credits and 2 hours of MDPAC CCI credits

Early Bird Rate: $389.00 + HST (total of $439.57) by August 17th, 2018.

Regular Rate: $409.00 + HST (total of $462.17 after August 17th, 2018.

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RADICALLY OPEN DBT (DBT-RO) One Day Only with Professor Thomas Lynch

Friday, October 12, 2018

The Barrie County Club, 635 St. Vincent St. N, Barrie

Workshop Description:

Self-control, the ability to inhibit competing urges, impulses, or behaviours is highly valued by most societies. However, excessive self-control has been linked to social isolation, aloof interpersonal functioning, maladaptive perfectionism, constricted emotional expressions, and difficult-to-treat mental health problems, such as anorexia nervosa, obsessive compulsive personality disorder and refractory depression. The aim of this workshop is to introduce clinicians to the theoretical foundations and new skills underlying Radically Open-Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO-DBT) for disorders of overcontrol.

The biosocial theory for overcontrol posits that heightened threat sensitivity and diminished reward sensitivity transact with early family experiences emphasizing “mistakes as intolerable” and “self-control as imperative” to result in an overcontrolled coping style that limits opportunities to learn new skills and exploit positive social reinforcers. A novel thesis linking the communicative functions of emotional expression to the formation of close social bonds will be introduced, as well as new skills emphasizing receptivity, self-enquiry and flexible responding. Using slides, handouts, video clips, and role-plays, new assessment and treatment interventions will be taught including 1) diagnosing over-control 2) targeting social signaling as the key mechanism of change 3) teaching therapists how to recognize and treat “disguised demands” - common indirect OC social signaling behaviors.

Training Objectives

Upon completion of this one-day training, participants will be able to:

  • Explain a new biosocial theory for OC
  • Describe a novel treatment mechanism positing open expression = trust = social connectedness
  • Describe new RO-DBT treatment strategies designed to enhance willingness for self-inquiry and flexible responding.
  • Describe the four core deficits of Overcontrol
  • Describe the RO-DBT treatment structure
  • Describe the RO-DBT treatment hierarchy
  • Explain the most common indirect social signalling styles in OC

Approved for 6 hours of MDPAC Group CE credits and 1 hours of MDPAC CCI credits.

Workshop Rates are below, for student or group rates please contact us at:

Early Bird Rate:  $259.00 + HST (total of $292.67) by September 12, 2018.</3h>

Early Bird Rate: $239.00 + HST (total of $270.077) per person for a group of 5 or more people, by September 12, 2018.


Student Rate: $199.00 + HST (total of $224.87)


Regular Rate: $279.00 + HST (total of $315.27) after September 12, 2018

Regular Rate: $249.00 + HST (total of $281.37) per person for a group of 5 or more people, after September 12, 2018

Includes Lunch and refreshments


Biographical Profile Thomas R Lynch, PhD

Thomas R. Lynch is Professor Emeritus in the School of Psychology at University of Southampton.

He was the Director of the Duke Cognitive Behavioural Research and Treatment Program at Duke University (USA) from 1998-2007. He is currently the Director of the Emotion and Personality Bio-behavioural Laboratory at the University of Southampton.

Professor Lynch is the treatment developer of Radically Open-Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO-DBT)—a new transdiagnostic treatment approach informed by 19 years of clinical research—with strong roots in standard DBT.

He has been the recipient of multiple large research grants from a range of sources, including the National Institutes of Health, National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, the Hartford Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and the National Institute for Health Research. He is currently the Chief Investigator of a multi- centre randomized controlled trial examining the efficacy and mechanisms of RO-DBT funded by the NIHR- Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation programme (; Lynch).

He is a recipient of the John M. Rhoades Psychotherapy Research Endowment and a Beck Institute Scholar. He is recognized internationally as a world-leading expert in difficult-to-treat disorders; such as, personality disorders, chronic depression, and anorexia nervosa and is in frequent demand as a speaker internationally—e.g., Europe, USA, and Canada. He is the author of the RO-DBT treatment manual entitled Radically Open- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Disorders of Overcontrol (In press-Guilford Press, New York).

Please stay tuned for more information on upcoming workshops:

November 29 and 30, 2018 Martin Antony, PhD, FRSC will be presenting on Perfectionism and Related Disorders.

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