DBT Skills to Support Adoptee Clients - VIRTUAL

For professionals

March 22 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm ($29)

Past research has shown that adoptees are four times more likely to engage in or complete a suicide attempt.  How can we support our adoptee clients when they are struggling?  Attendees will learn how DBT skills can support adoptees and adoptive families in learning coping strategies, identify and validate the importance of their lived experiences to create meaningful connections, and increase effective behaviors that keep them safe.


  • Identify three factors that contribute to mental health issues experienced by adoptees.
  • Gain knowledge of DBT and how it can support adoptee clients in reducing suicidal behaviors and help them build a satisfying life.
  • Identify at least three ways in which they can utilize DBT skills/interventions into their practice in working with adoptee clients.


Nicole Sheppard, MA, LPCC, is a DBT/mindfulness-based, adoption-competent psychotherapist at MHS in Roseville, MN. Nicole has experience in transracial/transnational 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 DOH-funded assessment of mental health and suicide in 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 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.)


This training has been approved for 3 continuing education units by the following boards.

  • Minnesota Board of Social Work
    • CE Provider Approval Number: CEP-452
  • Minnesota Board of Psychology
    • CE Provider Approval Number: 202402.270
  • Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy—LPC and LPCC
    • CE Provider Approval Number: 2024.CE.088
  • Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy—LADC
    • CE Provider Approval Number: 2024.CE.ADC.039


  • Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy
    • CE Provider Approval Number:


This training is in the approval process for 3 continuing education units by the following boards.

  • Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy
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March 22
9:00 am - 12:00 pm