ODW Mastering Emotional Wellness: Integrating DBT Skills Into Your Practice with Sheri Van Dijk

ODW Mastering Emotional Wellness: Integrating DBT Skills Into Your Practice with Sheri Van Dijk



This 14-hour on-demand webinar led by Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, was originally broadcast live in April 2024.

All registrants receive unlimited access to the recording for 365 days.

Already registered? Access the Participant Page here.


Fortify your therapeutic practice today with Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)!

In this six-part live webinar, DBT Made Simple author and esteemed therapist Sheri Van Dijk gives you a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental principles of DBT and how they differ from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Learn how to seamlessly integrate DBT techniques into your practice to empower clients who are dealing with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other emotional dysregulation-related challenges.

This virtual workshop starts with two foundational sessions on DBT and mindfulness, then takes a deep dive into four intensive sessions covering:

  • Core Mindfulness,
  • Distress Tolerance,
  • Emotion Regulation, and
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness.


The course finishes strong by pulling it all together to give you the concrete skills you need to enhance your practice and guide clients toward emotional regulation and well-being.

And this seminar isn’t just about the basics. We’ll take it one step further by showing you how to tailor DBT to your client’s specific issues, strengthen the therapeutic relationship, optimize therapeutic outcomes, and safeguard against therapist burnout.

Join us on this transformative journey to elevate your skills and empower your clients!

Learning Objectives

  • Describe some of the differences between DBT and CBT.
  • Describe the four components of a full DBT model and the difference between this and DBT-informed therapy.
  • Understand how the biosocial theory relates to clients and explain this theory to help clients better understand themselves.
  • Use tools such as the Behavioural Analysis to help clients move toward change.
  • Draw on 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.
  • Use Behaviour Theory techniques to help clients understand what might be maintaining their problem behaviours and to get unstuck from these ingrained patterns.
  • Use DBT skills to help therapists improve their own sense of efficacy in therapy and reduce the likelihood of therapist burnout.
  • Understand mindfulness, the many ways it’s helpful, and ideas for teaching it to clients.
  • Describe the DBT Core Mindfulness skills: States of Mind, the “What” Skills & “How” Skills.
  • Understand how the Core Mindfulness skills assist in emotion regulation and learn some strategies to teach these to your clients.
  • Understand DBT’s Model for Describing Emotions.
  • Describe the role of mindfulness in emotion regulation.
  • Understand the importance of accurately naming and validating emotions.
  • Define Opposite to Emotion Action and be able to apply this to a variety of emotions.
  • Understand how to use the skill of Cope Ahead.
  • Teach clients to assertively communicate.
  • Define dialectical thinking and a balanced approach to relationships.
  • Define the role of mindfulness and behavior theory in relationships.
  • Be able to help clients make choices about relationships from their internal wisdom.
  • Learn the importance of validating others and skills for doing this.
  • Describe reality acceptance skills to help clients reduce the likelihood of crises arising over time, and to help improve emotion regulation.
  • Describe willfulness and the strategies to use with your clients to help them get to a more willing place.
  • Understand how the F-TIP Skills help clients to quickly re-regulate emotions.
  • Describe Distracting, Self-Soothing, and Improve the Moment skills to help clients not act on urges that will make the situation worse.
  • Learn how to do a DBT Pros and Cons to help clients strengthen commitment to goals and get to their internal wisdom.




Topics Covered
1:00-2:30 pm Introduction to DBT: What is DBT? The Biosocial Theory
2:30-2:45 pm Break
2:45-4:15 pm Behaviour Theory, Dialectics



Topics Covered
1:00-2:30 pm Introduction to Mindfulness: What it is and how it’s helpful
2:30-2:45 pm Break
2:45-4:15 pm Introduction to Mindfulness: How to teach it to clients



Topics Covered
1:00-3:00 pm Core Mindfulness Skills



Topics Covered
1:00-3:00 pm Emotion Regulation Skills



Topics Covered
1:00-3:00 pm Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills



Topics Covered
1:00-3:00 pm Distress Tolerance Skills

CE Information

This training offers 14 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

Attendees of the live broadcast will receive instructions on how to obtain their Certificate of Participation after the course is finished.

Attendees of the on-demand recorded version will need to complete a Post-Webinar Quiz with a pass of at least 80% in order to verify attendance and then receive their Certificate of Participation. On-demand attendees will receive instructions on how to obtain their Certificate of Participation once they have successfully passed the Post-Webinar Quiz at the completion of the webinar.

The Certificate of Participation includes:

  • Name of participant.
  • Title of training.
  • Name of presenter plus their credentials.
  • Number of hours of training.
  • Date of training.
  • Confirmation that showed 100% attendance at the live broadcast or passed a quiz with at least an 80% grade to verify attendance of the on-demand recording.

Get details about CE credits for Canadian and non-US international participants.

Get details about CE credits for US participants.

Please check with your regulatory body/organization to ensure that this certificate is sufficient proof for you to claim CE credits.

Who Should Attend?

  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Social Workers
  • Pastoral Counsellors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Graduate Students in accredited programs in the above fields
  • Case Managers
  • Licensed Professional Counsellors
  • All other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices