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DBT for Adolescents: Working with Suicidal, Self -Harming  and Emotionally Sensitive Youth presented by Lorie Ritschel, Ph.D.

Monday, October 17, 2016, 12-2 pmat the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium of the UNC School of Social Work, Chapel Hill, NC  

When: Monday, October 17, 2016, 12-2 pm, with light refreshments and meet-and-greet reception beginning at 11:30 am by Vimala’s CurryBlossom Café

WhereUNC School of Social Work Auditorium, 325 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC   Directions and parking

Continuing Education2 hours

Fees: Workshop fee is $35

Workshop is offered free of charge to current UNC SSW students, staff, faculty, and to current UNC SSW Field Instructors and Task Supervisors (obtain coupon code from Field Office).

Additional $6 charge for psychologists who would like to receive Category A credit (please bring $6 day of event)

Registration:  Online pre-registration – You may pre-register up until the day before the program.


Suicide and self-injury are significant public health problems and are all too common in emotionally dysregulated youth. Research supports the use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) as a treatment for multi-diagnostic youth who engage in suicidal and non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors. DBT uses a blend of acceptance and change strategies along with a particular session structure to engage adolescents in treatment and to target these problematic behaviors. In this workshop, clinicians will learn about the treatment framework, session structure, and core strategies from DBT that support work with emotionally sensitive youth. Participants will learn how to differentiate between suicidal and self-harming behaviors, how to assess the function of these behaviors, and how to balance change and acceptance strategies to promote growth and change in dysregulated adolescents. In addition, some general principles and considerations of working with emotionally sensitive youth (e.g., confidentiality issues, using creative reinforcers in therapy, stylistic considerations for the therapist) will be discussed.


lorie PicLorie Ritschel, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Durham, NC. After completing two postdoctoral fellowships at Duke and Emory University, she joined the faculty at Emory in 2008, where she founded and directed the DBT program for adolescents and young adults at Emory’s Child and Adolescent Mood Program (CAMP). In 2013, she moved back to North Carolina and joined the faculty at UNC and founded the DBT program for adolescents and young adults at 3C Family Services in Cary. She now divides her time between and UNC Psychiatry and Durham DBT, where she specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and emotion dysregulation in adolescents and adults using Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Behavioral Activation. She is dedicated to training others in adherent DBT practice and continuing to develop the knowledge base. She has also published extensively on related subjects, and since 2007, has co-directed the International Society for the Improvement and Training of Dialectical Behavior Therapy National Conference.


Learning Objectives: 

At the completion of this program participants will be able to:

  1. Understand how DBT has been adapted from the original treatment protocol for work with adolescents
  2. Understand how to assess suicidal and self-harming behaviors and how to prioritize problematic behaviors in treatment
  3. Understand some basic adaptations to treatment (e.g., confidentiality considerations) that are critical for working with emotionally sensitive youth
  4. Understand some clinical points to consider in treatment (i.e., stylistic considerations for the therapist) that are likely to be helpful in working with emotionally sensitive youth

Handouts: All handouts for the lecture will be provided at the workshop.


Harvey, P. & Rathbone, B. H. (2014). Dialectical Behavior Therapy for At-Risk Adolescents. Oakland, US: New Harbinger Publications, 2014.

Miller, A. L., Rathus, J. H., and Linehan, M. M. (2006). Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Suicidal Adolescents. New York, US: The Guilford Press.

Uliaszek, A. A., Wilson, S., Mayberry, M., Cox, K., & Maslar, M. (2014). A Pilot Intervention of Multifamily Dialectical Behavior Group Therapy in a Treatment-Seeking Adolescent Population: Effects on Teens and Their Family Members. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 22(2), 206-215.


Transportation/ DirectionsThe most reliable place to park is in the UNC Hospital lot on Manning Drive. Parking fee is $1.50/ hour. The Carolina Inn next door on Pittsboro has space-available pay parking for a flat fee of $10/day. There are also numerous “park & ride” locations in Chapel Hill, with bus service to (or near) the School of Social Work. Directions.

Payment and Refund policies:  There will be no refunds issued, however you may transfer your place to a colleague or receive credit for a future lecture. Please contact Carol Ann Hincy at / 919-962-6540  to make arrangements, or if you have any other questions.

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Information on Continuing Educational Credit:

Contact hours provided for LCSWs and LMFTs hours

CEU: Two Contact Hours per event

2 Contact Hours from UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work.

2 Contact Hours NBCC (provider #6642) The UNC School of Social Work is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.  

Each clinical lecture is co-sponsored by the North Carolina Psychological Association and the UNC School of Social Work. The North Carolina Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The North Carolina Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Each workshop is offered for 2 Hours of continuing education credit.

No partial credit will be given. Participants must attend the entire program in order to receive credit.

ADA Statement: If you require any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to participate in this program, please call us at 919-962-6540 no later than ten business days before the program.

Attendance Policy: To receive credit, you must be present for the entire session, and you must sign the sign-in and sign-out sheets (for psychologists). No partial credit will be given. No credit will be given to participants who are more than 15 minutes late at the beginning of any session. No credit will be given to participants who leave before the close of a session.

Additional questions? Contact Deborah Barrett, PhD, LCSW at / 919-843-5818 or Carol Ann Hincy at / 919-962-6540.


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