SEL - Skills to Help Teachers and Teens Understand Self-Harm

Finding out a student has inflicted damage on their body on purpose can be scary and stressful. Based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy, this workshop will provide a framework to better understand Non-Suicidal Self-Injurious (a.k.a. self-harming) behaviour, enabling you to provide the most effective response possible to your students in this situation. You'll also learn skills to help your teen students manage their emotions in more effective ways. These skills will also be helpful in managing your own emotions when stress gets high in your professional or personal life.  

Target Audience

Grades 6-12


8:45 AM - 10:14 AM

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  • Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW - Psychotherapist, Author, and International Speaker
    Sheri Van Dijk

    Sheri is a Social Worker, who has been working in the mental health field since 2000; she has had extensive training in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and mindfulness 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, The DBT Skills Workbook for Teen Self-Harm, Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens, and The DBT Workbook for Emotional Relief. Sheri has been presenting extensively on DBT and conducting DBT workshops for mental health professionals in Canada and abroad. Visit Sheri at