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.

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|

3-Hour NADD Pre-Conference Presentation: DBT Skill Building & Emotion Regulation

On October 31st, 2018 from 9:00 am to12:15 pm, Dr. Brown will chair a session that will describe how Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) strategies are used to help individuals with dual-diagnosis improve emotional regulation skills. Participants will learn DBT concepts/take-homes that can immediately inform current […]

April 2nd, 2018|

Communication Crossroads: Recent Publication – Free Download

Brown, J.B., Hamilton-Mason, J., Maramaldi, P., & Barnhill, L.J. (2017) Communication Crossroads. Global Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, 3(4): 555616.

This review examines an emergent analysis in a constructivist grounded theory qualitative study that explored how bi-directional communication patterns were observed impacting the demonstration of cognitive […]

November 22nd, 2017|

Skills System in Norway

Dr. Brown did a 3-hour Skills System presentation sponsored by NAKU in Trondheim, Norway in September 2017. Prior to the meeting Karl Elling Ellingsen, PhD, the director of the National Institute of Intellectual Disabilities of Norway, interviewed Dr. Brown, asking questions about the Skills System. […]

October 27th, 2017|

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|

Skills System Conference in Norway Sponsored by the National Institute on Intellectual Disability and Community (NAKU)

Professor Karl Elling Ellingsen, PhD, the director of NAKU, is organizing a half-day Skills System conference in Trondheim, Norway on September 26, 2017 at 10:00 am-1:00 pm. Karl is a well-known scholar who examines the dangers of and alternatives to using restrictive procedures with individuals […]

May 25th, 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|

Exploring Family Relationships: Free PDF Download

This article, recently published in the Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities is entitled Exploring Perspectives of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Histories of Challenging Behaviors about Family Relationships: An Emergent Topic in a Grounded Theory Focus Group Study. It was written by Julie F. Brown, PhD, Johnnie Hamilton-Mason, PhD, Peter Maramaldi, […]

June 14th, 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|