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February 2, 2020 @ 9:00 am - February 3, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Presenter: Jill Rathus, PhD 

DBT Skills for Adolescents & Caregivers: Helping today’s distressed youth.

February 2-3, 2020 (Sunday-Monday) 

Brooklyn, NY  Best Western Gregory Hotel 








An important development for Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) over the past decade is its adaptation for adolescents with multiple problems who are at high risk for suicidal and self-injurious behavior. DBT for adolescents was developed by Drs. Jill Rathus, Alec Miller, and Marsha Linehan to address the complex and unique challenges that arise during treatment with these adolescents and their families. In this 2-day workshop offered by Dr. Rathus, participants will learn about DBT skills training with teens and their families. Dr. Rathus will provide an overview of the adaptations made to standard DBT to address the needs of adolescents and their families, including a particular focus on skills training and working with teens and their caregivers. Demonstrations, experiential exercises, and role plays will help illustrate workshop content.


Learning Objectives

Describe the adaptations made to standard DBT to address the needs of adolescents and their families­.

Describe the DBT skills developed for teens and parents, including the Walking the Middle Path module and other skills.

Identify the teaching strategies for many DBT skills for teens and their caregivers, whether taught in multi-family skills training group or applied in other modalities or settings.

Discuss the developmentally and contextually-aimed adaptions to standard DBT for adolescents and their caregivers

Discuss the range of adolescents to whom this treatment applies

Identify multi-family skills group format

Discuss selected specific DBT skills and teaching points for teens and caregivers


Tuition: $600 per person (early bird discount—prior to January 1, 2020 $550 )

Includes morning refreshments,  handouts, and CE credits.

Registration is considered complete when full payment is received. Payment can be mailed to 1339 East 31st Street Brooklyn, NY 11210 or via Zelle/ChaseQuickpay to Nachasconsulting@gmail.com

Target Audience:  Mental health professionals with previous DBT experience. ADVANCED training.

Application Deadline

 January 25, 2020 or until all training spaces are filled, whichever comes first.

 Notification of Acceptance

 Applicants will be notified, via email, of acceptance when registration is complete and payment is received.

Refund/Cancellation Policy 

Tuition/registration payments are refundable (minus $50) until January 1st, 2020. Cancellations after this date are non-refundable. In this situation, we will attempt to find someone to take your slot (based on our waiting list).


 Conference site is an accessible, barrier-free location.  Reasonable accommodations can be made for individuals with visual and/or hearing impairments if needed.

Grievance Policy

Nachas Consulting seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to nachasconsulting@gmail.com or 917-862-2427. Grievances will receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.

CE Information:

Continuing Education Credit (12) is pending through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions:  Psychologists, Social workers. It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.


Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.


Social Workers:

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Commonwealth Educational Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers. #SW-0444.


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Jill Rathus (Ph.D. Stony Brook, B.A. Cornell University) is Professor of Psychology at Long Island University/CW Post Campus in Brookville, New York, where she directs the DBT Clinical Research Lab, and is co-founder and co-director of Cognitive Behavioral Associates in Great Neck, New York, where she runs the adolescent DBT program. Dr. Rathus’ research and clinical practice areas include DBT for adolescents, adolescent suicidality, personality assessment, CBT, anxiety disorders, and relationship distress. She co-developed DBT for Adolescents, co-authored the primary texts on adolescent DBT (DBT with Suicidal Adolescents (2007), and DBT Skills Manual for Adolescents (2015, Guilford Press). She also co-authored the adaptation of DBT for school settings (DBT Skills in Schools: DBT STEPS-A, 2016, Guilford Press) serves as a DBT trainer for Behavioral Tech, and teaches DBT for Adolescents to mental health professionals around the world, including Canada, the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America. Recently, Dr. Rathus was the 2016 recipient of the Cindy Sanderson Award for Outstanding Educator, awarded by the International Society for the Improvement and Training in DBT.


Recommended reading to prepare for the workshop:

Rathus, J. H. & Miller, A. L. (2015). DBT Skills Manual for Adolescents. New York: Guilford Press.


Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Suicidal Adolescents. Miller, A. L., Rathus, J. H., & Linehan, M. M. (2007). New York: Guilford Press.


Cognitive-behavioral treatment of borderline personality disorder. Linehan, M. M. (1993). New York: Guilford Press.


McCauley, E., Berk, MS, Asarnow, JR, et al., (2018). Efficacy of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for adolescents at high risk for suicide: A randomized clinical trial.


Mehlum, L., Tormoen, A.J., Ramberg, M., et al. (2014), Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents with repeated suicidal and self-harming behavior: A randomized trial. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 53 (10), 1082-1091.


Program Schedule: 

Day 1 : Overview of DBT-A: Adaptations, Foundations, Engaging Teens and Caregivers, Walking the Middle Path and Other Skills

9:00 – 10:45            Overview of DBT and Adaptations to standard DBT for teens   & caregivers (Functions, Modes, Structure)

Research supporting DBT for adolescents and skills

10:45 – 11:00          Break

11:00 – 12:15          Validation, Behavior Change, and Dialectics: Theory, Foundations of DBT, Therapist Strategies, and basis of Walking the Middle Path   skills

12:15 – 1:30            Lunch

1:30 – 2:45              Orienting teens and caregivers to DBT skills (Pre-Treatment and in  Skills Training)

Mindfulness Skills

2:45 – 3:00              Break

3:00 – 4:30              Mindfulness Skills

Emotion Regulation Skills (Intro)

4:30 – 4:45              Q & A


Day 2: Highlighted DBT Skills and teaching examples for teens and families

9:00 – 10:45            Emotion Regulation Skills, Continued. Distress Tolerance Skills

10:45 – 11:00          Break

11:00 – 12:15          Distress Tolerance Skills, Continued

12:15 – 1:30            Lunch

1:30 – 2:45              Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills

2:45 – 3:00              Break

3:00 – 4:30              Providing Skills Coaching for Teens and Caregivers (Individual,                                          Group, Phone, Family & Parenting Sessions)

4:30 – 4:45              Q & A

Adolescent DBT

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February 2, 2020 @ 9:00 am
February 3, 2020 @ 5:00 pm