Date & Time: May 5, 2023 9:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Garden City Campus

Attendees will be given an overview of key theoretical concepts that inform the “spirit” of DBT, the core treatment strategies as used within a DBT skills group, and how DBT skills relate to the other components of comprehensive DBT.

CEs: 6

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.

The bulk of the workshop will be focused on the skills in DBT and will provide attendees with a basic understanding of the four primary DBT skills modules (Core Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotional Regulation, Distress Tolerance). A brief introduction to the fifth module added to the DBT Adolescent adaption (Walking the Middle Path) will also be given. Through didactic lectures 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. Hands-on learning will occur through several group practice activities, with additional learning from real life clinical examples and modeling of the skills and strategies by the facilitator.

Learning Objectives

This workshop will enable attendees to:

  1. Describe the basic theoretical perspectives and empirical foundations of DBT.
  2. Articulate the content of the four primary DBT skills modules (Core Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotional Regulation, Distress Tolerance).
  3. Understand how to structure and facilitate an effective DBT skills training group.


  • $150 – Registration Fee
  • $125 – Alumni, Field Instructor, FFL, Adjunct Rate
  • $90 – Veterans Rate/Adelphi School of Social Work Students

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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.

Credentialling Information

Adelphi University School of Social Work is an approved provider for continuing education credits for the following:

  • Social Workers
  • LMHC
  • LMFT
  • CASAC Renewal upon approval
  • APA Psychology
  • LCAT
  • 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.

See full credentialing information and CEUs

Cancellation Policy

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.

Accessibility Statement

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Adelphi University require that all events be accessible. To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the event host identified on the event webpage; please allow for a reasonable time frame. The event host, when necessary, will collaborate with the Student Access Office.

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