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Welcome to the Skills System!  The Skills System is a set of nine coping skills and three system tools that we can use to handle our emotions, thoughts, and actions in ways that help us reach our personal goals. Knowing how to feel emotions and to think clearly helps us experience life fully while making good decisions for ourselves. The Skills System Instructor’s Guide: An Emotion Regulation Skills Curriculum for All Learning Abilities by Julie F. Brown, LICSW is available through Amazon.com. The Guide includes comprehensive curriculum materials for a master’s or PhD level clinician to do individual and/or group Skills System emotion regulation skills training.

Great News: The updated edition is heading to production! Guilford Press is publishing the Emotion Regulation Skills System for the Cognitively Challenged Client: A DBT-Informed Approach will be available in June/July 2015. There is new information, curriculum materials, and handouts. I will keep us all informed!

Below is a video of people using the Skills System!

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Skills System Instructor’s Guide is available at link below.

Research Article- Pilot Data: Here is the link to the open access article “Treating Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities and Challenging Behaviors With Adapted Dialectical Behavior Therapy” by Julie F. Brown, Milton Z. Brown & Paige Dibiasio in the Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities. Published online: 03 Jul 2013.
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19315864.2012.700684#.UdhzKb7D-70

 The 9Th Annual Yale NEA-BPD Conference

“The Skills System: An Emotion Regulation Skills
Curriculum for all Learning Abilities”

Conference Video: Here is the link to the 90-minute YouTube video of the Skills System presentation at NEA-BPD Annual Conference at Yale University in May 2013

Skills Store: Items are listed on the Skills store tab. If you would like any books, handout notebooks, CD’s or T-shirts please email me your order and I can take a credit card number over the phone or invoice you for the costs. Email (juliebrown@theskillssystem.com) me or call me first (508-317-2115). The new handouts will be available online through Guilford Press free of charge for people who purchase the new book.

Please Note: The software is being updated in the Test Center. The quiz is new and functional. Give it a try! We are updating the two exams. If you have any difficulty, let me know via email or phone.

Skills System Training: I will be participating in a 3-hour pre-conference presentation at NADD in San Francisco on emotion regulation, doing a 90-minute presentation on the Skills System. Much of the training I am doing this year is agency specific, so check the Training tab if that is something you are interested in. We can be creative and set up a training program for you that fits your needs and resources.

Free Downloads: If you are interested, there are new materials being offered through the Downloads to the left on the Home page. There is a new PDF of the Skills Plan Map which is very helpful as an overview of the Skills System. It is a nice addition to the skills notebooks and for staff training. Also, there is a PDF of a set of skills cards. These are best laminated and cut on the dotted lines. Printing them on card stock also works. I love to use them on a large table or on the floor of the group room; they are a great teaching tools in group and at trainings. There are so many creative ways to use them to make learning hands-on and fun! I will be working on a smaller set to use on a desk in the near future.

System Integration of the Skills System: For teams exploring the option of implementing the Skills System in your agency, I find the book Leading Change by John P. Kotter to be a great resource. This book describes the challenges we all face when trying to implement systems’ change (such as integrating a model such as the Skills System into team/agency settings). This book is full of wisdom and practical advice for people trying to mobilize change in complex business/human service systems. I put the link on the Helpful Items tab.

Training Videos: The videos on the Training Video tab continue to be useful. Two agencies volunteered to contribute, Cardinal Cushing Center and Massachusetts Mental Health Center, both are in MA. They are all terrific! Most of these are 10-15 minute videos of of clinicians who have started Skills System groups and share their experiences with us. The videos take a few minutes to download; I think the information is worth the wait! If these do not work properly, be sure you have an updated version of Flash Player

Note: The information, ideas, and suggestions on this website are not intended as a substitute for professional advice. Before following any suggestions contained in this website, you should consult your personal physician or mental health professional. Neither the author nor the Skills System, LLC shall be liable or responsible for any loss or damage allegedly arising as a consequence of your use or application of any information or suggestions on this website. The materials on this website provide general information; diagnosis of individual patient needs is always necessary.