Welcome to The Skills System.

Regulate Emotion. Maximize Potential.

What is the Skills System?

The Skills System is a set of nine coping skills and three system tools that can be used to help your clients handle emotions, thoughts, and actions in ways that help them reach their personal goals. Knowing how to feel emotions and to think clearly helps them experience life fully while making good decisions for themselves. The Skills System is built for people of all learning abilities to be able to improve self-regulation.

Our New Home

As of January 1st, 2016, The Skills System took up residence at the Justice Resource Institute, (JRI) a large, private non-profit agency, based in Massachusetts. JRI’s mission is to provide effective supports to diverse populations with a focus on social justice, compassionate interventions, and community leadership. We are a sister-program to the Trauma Center at JRI which is a wonderful fit.

The Skills System will provide training/consultation for individual practitioners and agencies that want to add emotion regulation skills support to the programming they offer clients with complex behavioral health needs.

Free Consultation

If you are interested in a free consultation about either contracted/comprehensive Skills System implementations or Pre-Contracted services, please contact Julie F. Brown at jbrown@jri.org or at 508-317-2115. Click below to print a PDF of the current descriptions of the Skills System training packages.

Download: Skills System Training Program Description (PDF)

The Emotion Regulation Skills System for the Cognitively Challenged Client: A DBT™-Informed Approach (2016) by Julie F. Brown, PhD, is available through Guildford Press and Amazon. This book provides a comprehensive presentation of the Skills System curriculum materials, and allows the purchaser to download an additional 150 pages of supplementary handouts. The Skills System is a highly effective treatment tool that has been used successfully in a multitude of settings with a myriad of individuals who have diverse behavioral and learning profiles.