Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Certification by The Hirose Institute

Hirose Institute Certification Course

Presented by Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW

On Demand | Available Now


24 Hours | Approved for CEU’s


This workshop is on-demand, content will be available immediately after purchase.

Footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until January 27, 2025. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. 

Workshop Description:

This 6-week course will teach you how to use Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) as a highly effective tool in your therapy to treat clients with problems managing emotions. DBT has been proven effective as a strategy for treating bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, concurrent substance use; as well as problems with shame, anger and grief.

Your instructor Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW, will utilize lecture, experiential exercises, and case consultation to explore DBT strategies and behavioural principles. You will learn the four modules of DBT including: Core Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Distress Tolerance.

This certification program is designed to equip therapists with useful DBT strategies to use in clinical practice resulting in improved therapeutic relationships and reduced feelings of ineffectiveness and burnout.

**Please note that, while you will be given a Certificate of Practice for attending this course, this is not equivalent to “Certification” in DBT through the Linehan Institute, but you can use the course hours toward your certification. Certification through the Linehan Institute is not required in order to practice DBT or DBT-Informed treatment.


“Sheri did an amazing job presenting and drawing from her own experiences to help teach these concepts during the training. Your wealth of knowledge and expertise has totally recharged me and given me more tools to use in the DBT skills group that I run with my colleague.”
– Lindsay | Calgary, AB | May 17-18, 2017

“She was very insightful and relatable. Her examples were real and easy to relate back to the material. Overall, the workshop was very enjoyable and I would definitely attend another if offered”
– Calgary, AB | May 17-18, 2017

“Ms. Van Dijk is exceptionally clear, well organized and able to respond to all questions and nuances with clarity. She is committed to her DBT approach and a wonderful teacher. I learned many useful techniques to apply in my psychotherapy with borderline clients.” 
– Emile Kemlo | Victoria, BC | May 15-16, 2017

“Sheri was a detailed presenter + mindful of her audiences needs as learners. She answered our questions, offered her own examples, + made sure light/temperature was comfortable.”
– Danielle Lambrecht | Victoria, BC | May 15-16, 2017

“The workshop was informative, it was interesting to see some of these skills from a DBT perspective. To see them put together and organized into 4 DBT skill sets. It will help to organize and focus what skills to teach/cover with people I work with.”
– Victoria, BC | May 15-16, 2017

“Sheri is very down-to-earth. She presents excellent, concrete examples. She is open to questions and willing to think with people about issues. I greatly appreciated her sharing her knowledge and experience in such a warm and genuine manner.” 
– Angela Bartley | Winnipeg, MB | Dec 1-2, 2016

“Awesome workshop!! Presenter shared her knowledge and case experiences. Loved practical skills and exercises. Workshop was therapeutic, as I was able to reflect on what is happening in my environment at the moment and apply learning to my own experience.”
– Calgary, AB | May 17-18, 2017

“I really appreciated Sheri’s engaging manner + use of clear examples to explain the concepts being taught. I also really appreciated her focusing on using DBT across client issues Vs. just for BPD.”
– Calgary, AB | May 17-18, 2017

“Thoroughly enjoyed and learned a lot. Great mix of theory with application. Sheri is very well spoken, knowledgeable and someone easily relatable as a therapist myself. Too often presenters can be too clinical of narcissistic in nature. Despite being relatable, the info presented is in depth of graduate level instruction. Thanks!”
– Winnipeg, MB | Dec 1-2, 2016

“Very informative 2 days that will be helpful in my work and life! Sheri was clear, concise, and gave great examples to use! Thanks!”
– Winnipeg, MB | Dec 1-2, 2016

“Sheri was an engaging speaker who was able to balance the lecture with humour, multimedia, participation from group, and providing the essentials of the DBT model. I appreciated all of her examples from her practice. The lectures flew by, I would love to attend future workshops with Sheri. The skills are so applicable.”
– Stacey Patterson | Burnaby, BC | Nov 28-29, 2016

Session One

  • Origins of DBT
  • Difference between DBT & CBT
  • Intro to Mindfulness
  • The research
  • The Biosocial Theory
  • Nonjudgmental Stance
  • Assumptions about clients and clinicians
  • Consultation Team
  • Observing Limits

Session Two

  • Commitment Strategies
  • Stages of Treatment
  • The Diary Card
  • Dialectics
  • Validation
  • Dialectical Strategies
  • Behavioural principles

Session Three

  • The Behavioural Analysis (activity)
  • Radical Acceptance
  • Core Mindfulness Skills

Session Four

  • Emotion Regulation Skills (Part One):
  • Model of Emotions
  • Function of Emotions
  • Observing & Describing Emotions (worksheet example)
  • Increase pleasurable emotions
  • Mindfulness of current emotion
  • Emotion Regulation Skills (Part Two):
  • Self-validation
  • Opposite Action
  • Cope Ahead

Session Five

  • Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills (activity)
  • Distress Tolerance Skills

Session Six

  • Solution Analysis
  • Mini Treatment Plans
  • Discussion of skills with different diagnoses/problems
  • Wrapping Up
  • Questions & consultation
  • Learn more about the origins of DBT, including a brief look at DBT versus CBT; the traditional DBT model including Stages of treatment; and research demonstrating the effectiveness of adaptations to DBT .
  • Describe the biosocial theory and how this applies to BPD and other disorders of emotion dysregulation.
  • Discuss behaviour theory and the importance of these concepts to building stronger relationships with clients, and to assist clients in making behavioural changes.
  • Explain the basics of dialectics and dialectical strategies for the individual session to help get clients unstuck and to build the therapeutic alliance.
  • Practice conducting a thorough Behavioural Analysis
  • Reduce therapist burn-out through observing limits and use of skills such as nonjudgmental stance and radical acceptance
  • Learn the Core Mindfulness skills and how to teach these to clients
  • Explain skills in the Emotion Regulation module to give clinicians a basic understanding of how to teach these skills to clients to regulate emotions more effectively.
  • Demonstrate the distress tolerance skills that will help clients survive crisis situations and learn how to not act on urges.
  • Discuss Interpersonal Effectiveness skills: the importance of increasing and maintaining positive relationships and improving communication.
  • Practice creating “mini-treatment plans” for clients
  • Learn about and practice working within the structure of a DBT consultation team

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, School Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.


Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW, has advanced degrees from York University and the University of Toronto and has been working in the mental health field since 2000. Her extensive experience with and knowledge of Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness Practice has inspired her to write a number of books, and she regularly conducts training sessions for fellow professionals. Sheri worked in a community hospital outpatient mental health clinic for 14 years, and now works full-time in her private practice.

Sheri has built a reputation for herself as an expert in providing DBT – informed therapy and works from a trauma-informed perspective. In recent years Sheri has also become certified in providing Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and is currently working towards becoming an EMDR Consultant; has been training in Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR); and has become a certified Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) provider.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment849.00N/A
Full-Time Student699.00N/A

All fees are per person and in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

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