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DBT Skills and Strategies for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Laura Accomando, PsyD, LP

Event Location:
MHS Education Center
6600 France Ave S
Suite #230
Edina, MN 55435


3.0 CEs Approved by the Following:
MN Board of Social Work: CEP-452
MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (LPC/LPCC) Log Number: 2019.CE.102
MN Board of Psychology Log Number: 201903.548

Order By Phone: (920) 494-3401 or (800) 895-0071
Registration will close after the first 45 seats fill.

Clients with intellectual or learning disabilities, or those who struggle to learn and retain new information, often have difficulty finding skills-based programming that helps them meet their goals. This training will provide an overview of how to adapt the DBT skill training model to help clients succeed in making the changes they want for themselves.

Laura Accomando, PsyD, LP


Laura is a Licensed Psychologist with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She has extensive experience providing group and individual therapy services to adults in an intensive outpatient setting, with specific focus on adults with both mental health issues and intellectual disabilities. Laura is the Clinic Lead for the Woodbury location of MHS, and is also the Program Coordinator for the Horizons and Aftercare DBT programs. She has been providing DBT individual therapy, group therapy and clinical supervision at MHS since 2008.


1.) Increase understanding of how environmental and personal factors impact skill acquisition and behavioral change in therapy for clients with developmental disabilities
2.) Introduce adapted DBT skills and format

      a.) Specific tools to support skill acquisition
      b.) Experiential opportunities to support skill generalization

3.) Specific strategies to use when working with clients

     a.) Coordination of treatment team
     b.) Target behaviors
     c.) Skill identification
     d.) Goal setting and problem-solving

Learning Objectives
  1. Identify the basic tenets of DBT as they relate to individuals with intellectual disabilities
  2. Understand how specific DBT elements are incorporated into programming
  3. Identify DBT strategies to apply in every day practice with clients who present with intellectual disabilities

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