DBT Skills to Support Adoptee Clients

For professionals

March 22, 2024 @ 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.


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 event is approved for 2.5 CEUs by the Board of Social Work and is in the pre-approval process with the Board of Psychology, the Board of Marriage and Family Therapy, and the Board of Behavioral Heath (LADC and LPC/LPCC).

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March 22, 2024
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Atria Corporate Center Maple/Oak Conference Room
3033 Campus Drive
Plymouth, MN 55441 United States
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