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#20221102_6B WEBINAR: Fall Forum Option 6B: DBT: Skills to Support Adoptees Navigating High Crisis and Life Transitions




(November 2022) Past research demonstrates that adoptees are four times more likely to engage in or complete a suicide attempt. Adopted individuals have had to learn how to survive in new environments but may struggle with navigating through unexpected or multiple changes – not having vocabulary to name their experiences or lacking skills to move through these transitions. Attendees will learn about how dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) can support adoptive families in learning key coping strategies, validate their lived experiences, and increase effective responses that keep them safe.

Nicole Sheppard, MA, LPCC, is a mindfulness-based psychotherapist based in Roseville, MN. She works at Mental Health Systems (MHS), specializing in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Nicole has clinical, research, and community development experience in transracial/international adoption, birth family search/reunion, suicide prevention, ethnic identity, mindfulness, trauma, and life transitions. Through the Korean Adoptees Ministry Center, she was the project manager of a Minnesota Department of Health-funded mental health and suicide assessment of the adult Korean adoptee community (2016-2020).Nicole holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas, and is a BBHT-approved clinical supervisor. She is also a graduate of the Permanency & Adoption Competency Certificate (PACC) training at the University of Minnesota, and Training for Adoption Competency (TAC) designed by the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.)

Watch time: 96 minutes

Eligible Certificate of Completion time: 105 minutes

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