Skills System



Please send me any thoughts about treating/supporting individuals with learning and behavioral health challenges to share with our colleagues. If you have a comments/questions/program or project descriptions/creative client projects/inventive group exercises related to the Skills System or other innovative interventions, send them along (with a picture) for us to post. A special invitation to international practitioners! Together we can help address the complex micro and macro challenges that impact the supports/treatment of this population.

NEW Swedish DBT-Skills System Publication (Swedish version only)

Alexandra Rosendahl Santillo
Leg psykolog Leg psykoterapeut
Specialist psykologisk behandling / psykoterapi
Handledare och lärare KBT

In our work with DBT, we had many patients who did not manage the standard DBT-treatment, we really needed a method that suited our patients with cognitive difficulties and self-harming behaviors. Then we […]

December 23rd, 2022|

NEW MEASURE: Emotion Regulation Knowledge Scale (ERKS)

Journal: Journal of Projective Psychology and Mental Health (2022) Vol. 29: 87-96

Title: Development and Initial Examination of a Measure of Emotion Regulation Knowledge

Authors: Adam P. Natoli and Julie F. Brown

Many effective therapies targeting dysregulation employ psychoeducational and skills training interventions, both of which presumably increase […]

August 10th, 2022|

DBT-skills system for cognitively challenged individuals with self-harm: a Swedish pilot study

Alexandra Rosendahl-Santillo, Reid Lantto, Lena Nylander, Christina Thylander, Pernilla Schultz, Julie Brown, Marta Wallinius and Sofie Westling

Background: Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment for self-harm and emotion regulation difficulties. A modified version, DBT-Skills System (DBT-SS), has been developed in the USA for individuals […]

February 2nd, 2022|

Skills System in Iceland

It was in the middle of June 2017 and the sun was shining in Belfast, Northern Ireland. We – Bjargey Una and Halldor – were a part of a small group of professionals and managers from Iceland, attending the IASSIDD Health Conference Belfast 2017: Bridging […]

March 18th, 2021|

90-Minute Skills System Training by Julie F. Brown, PhD. for Psychologists at Pluryn in the Netherlands

Julie Brown, the author of the Skills System, conducted a workshop via Zoom for the Pluryn team in Holland on March 3, 2020. Forty-five psychologists attended the training in Holland and the presentation was available to the public through the Skills System.  The Pluryn team […]

March 6th, 2020|

Skills Rap “Regulators”

Why a Skills song? 
Music can mobilizes essential/core parts of us—the notes and rhythms carry us through the moment. It sets us free and anchors us all at the same time! Songs can teach in subtle ways that release awareness, insights, and connections over […]

December 17th, 2019|

Recent Publication: Free PDF Download

Beyond the Surface of Consumer-Staff Relationships. Brown, J.B., Hamilton-Mason, J., Maramaldi, P., & Barnhill, L.J. (2018). Global Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, 4(4), 1-6.

The perspectives of individuals diagnosed with an intellectual disability and mental illness who demonstrate challenging behaviors are underrepresented in the literature.  The goal […]

May 11th, 2018|

Improving Assess of DBT for Individuals with Cognitive Challenges

Individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) experience heighten vulnerabilities related to complex biopsychosocial factors, yet have limited access to comprehensive psychologically-based treatments to address these pervasive problems. Dr. Brown, a DBT trainer with Behavioral Tech, LLC- Linehan Institute, was invited to write a book chapter about […]

May 30th, 2017|

The National DBT Conference in Lund, Sweden (21-22 September 2017)

Julie F Brown PhD,
Justice Resource Institute’s Integrated Clinical Services Rhode Island.

At this years DBT event, Dr. Julie Brown will be lecturing on the topic of DBT for clients with cognitive challenges: The Emotion Regulation Skills System, according to the model that Dr. Brown has developed. […]

March 16th, 2017|

An Innovative Approach to Delivery of the Skills System to People with Developmental Disabilities in Northern Ontario

Tina Benevides, Ph.D. and Stephen White, M.A., C. Psych., from Hands The and North Community Network of Specialized Care in Northern Ontario wrote this article entitled An Innovative Approach to Delivery of the Skills System to People with Developmental Disabilities in Northern Ontario for the NADD Bulletin.  Tina […]

October 3rd, 2016|

Treatment Tool in Addictions

Michele Waldron, Psy.D is a clinical psychologist and licensed drug and alcohol counselor. She works at Northeast Residential Services as a consultant to group homes that serve individuals with developmental and mental health disabilities. She is also a psychotherapist at The Moss Group, a private […]

July 13th, 2016|

Jump in With Both Feet!

It has come to my attention that many newcomers to the Skills System and those who have been using the model for years are continuing to utilize the 2011 self-published text (The Skills System Instructor’s Guide: An Emotion Regulation Skills Curriculum for All Learning Abilities). […]

July 11th, 2016|

Treating Individuals with ID who have Histories of Sexual Abusing Behaviors

Deborah Jackson, LICSW is the Program Director of Justice Resource Institute- Integrated Clinical Services contributed this post. Deborah is intensively trained in DBT and has specialized expertise in the area of treating individuals with co-occurring ID and mental illness (MI). She has presented at several […]

April 27th, 2016|
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