Introduction to Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment that was originally developed for chronically suicidal individuals and is now the gold standard treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder.
The treatment and its adaptations have since been proven through research to be effective across a wide range of disorders and behavioral problems which have at their core the issue of Pervasive Emotion Dysregulation. Attendees will be introduced to key theoretical concepts that inform the “spirit” of DBT, along with an overview of core treatment strategies as used within a DBT skills group.
This workshop is focused on DBT skills and will provide attendees with a basic understanding of the four* DBT skills modules (Core Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotional Regulation, Distress Tolerance). Through didactic lecture and in-vivo activities, attendees will have an opportunity to learn the content of the skills, as well as how to structure and conduct a DBT skills group. Attendees will develop a beginning understanding of standard comprehensive DBT, the particular function of each treatment component, (e.g., individual, group, consultation team, coaching) and how DBT skills relate to the other program components.
Participants will be able to:
- Describe the basic theoretical perspectives and empirical foundations of DBT.
- Articulate the content of the four primary DBT skills modules (Core Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotional Regulation, Distress Tolerance).
- Understand the treatment targets of a DBT skills group, and how the targets differ from those of the other treatment components of a comprehensive DBT program.
- Understand how to structure and facilitate a DBT skills training group.
$80 -Registration Fee
$60 -Alumni, Field Instructor, FFL, Adjunct Rate
$35 – Veterans Rate/AUSSW Students
Jacquelyn N. Smith, LCSW-R, is a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™, and licensed clinical social worker in the states of New York and Pennsylvania. She first learned Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in 2004 as a 2nd year social work intern on a state inpatient unit specializing in providing DBT to women with Borderline Personality Disorder, severe emotion dysregulation, and behavioral dyscontrol.
Upon graduating from Columbia University with her Masters of Science in Social Work in 2005, she proceeded to provide comprehensive DBT across various settings and levels of care, including private, community-based, hospital-based, and non-profit, within inpatient, outpatient, and day treatment programs. She has worked with historically oppressed and marginalized adolescents, adults, and families of LGBTQIA+, TGNC, BIPOC identification, often with complex psychosocial and psychiatric presentations.
In addition to intensive and advanced training in standard DBT, she is trained in evidence-based adaptations of the treatment, including DBT-A for adolescents and their families, DBT-PE (Prolonged Exposure) to treat PTSD using Prolonged Exposure concurrently, DBT-SUD for substance use disorders, DBT-PTSD for complex PTSD with severe dissociative symptoms, and DBT-ED for binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa.
While her career has been primarily dedicated as a DBT clinician providing direct care, she has extensive experience supervising and training across all mental/behavioral health disciplines and years of practice, including as primary faculty for the DBT Training Program at the Columbia School of Social Work, the only training program within a graduate school for social workers in the nation. As a result of her broad scope of treating, teaching, and training, she has also consulted to a wide range of DBT practitioners on both the individual and agency levels, providing support to continue to make DBT as accessible to both clients who are in need of the treatment, and the clinicians who provide it.
Adelphi University School of Social Work is an approved provider for continuing education credits for the following:
- Social Workers
- CASAC Renewal upon approval
- APA Psychology
- NYSED Psychology
Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at the entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.
Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows. We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.
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