Thursday, January 26, 2017 through
Friday, January 27, 2017


Ruth S. Harley University Center

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills with Multi-Problem Adolescents: Skills Updates, Teaching Strategies, and Engaging Teens and Caregivers

with Jill Rathus, Ph.D.

CEs: 12.5
Cost of Workshop: $385
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

One of the most important developments in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) over the past decade is the adaptation of DBT for adolescents with multiple problems who are at high risk for suicidal and self-injurious behavior. DBT for adolescents was developed by Drs. Alec Miller, Jill Rathus, and Marsha Linehan to address the complex and unique challenges that arise during treatment with these adolescents and their families.

In this training you will learn about DBT skills training with teens and their families. The trainers 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 multi-family skills training classes and the latest DBT skills for adolescents and their caregivers. Strategies for bringing DBT principles to skills training, engaging teens and caregivers, and group management will be provided. Ample demonstrations, experiential exercises, and role plays will help illustrate workshop content.

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Training Objectives

Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the adaptations made to standard DBT to address the needs of adolescents and their families.
  • Learn how to teach DBT skills to teens and their caregivers.
  • Become familiar with the latest updates to DBT skills for teens and parents.
  • Learn how to manage multi-family group using DBT strategies.

About the Speaker


Jill Rathus (Ph.D. Stony Brook, B.A. Cornell) is Professor of Psychology at Long Island University/CW Post Campus in Brookville, New York and 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, 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), serves as a DBT trainer for Behavioral Tech, and teaches mental health professionals internationally.


  • REQUIRED:  DBT® Skills Manual for Adolescents. Rathus, J. H. & Miller, A. L. (2015). New York: Guilford Press.
  • SUGGESTED: Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Suicidal Adolescents. Miller, A. L., Rathus, J. H., & Linehan, M. M. (2007). New York: Guilford Press.
  • SUGGESTED:  Cognitive-behavioral treatment of borderline personality disorder. Linehan, M. M. (1993). New York: Guilford Press.

This program has been approved for CEU credits by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work. Adelphi University School of Social Work is an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0032.
New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education credits. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. At present, there is no procedure for granting partial credit for approved continuing education events. If there are any changes in State regulation, this policy will updated accordingly.

Adelphi is pleased to present this event in cooperation with The Linehan Institute: Behavioral Tech Research.