Benchmarks at Burrell: Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents – Building a Life Worth Living | Burrell


Benchmarks at Burrell: Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents – Building a Life Worth Living

Featured Speaker: Jennifer Dragonette, Psy.D. 


This introductory-level training will provide an overview of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents with an intended audience of clinicians and individuals working in the mental health field. Dr. Dragonette will review the four primary skills areas of DBT: Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. She will also discuss the Middle Path skill, which is specific to the adolescent population. Participants will gain practical knowledge in the use of DBT diary cards and behavioral chain analyses. Dr. Dragonette will explore methods of using DBT creatively to work for a variety of clients in both individual and group settings.

Date: Friday, Oct. 15
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a lunch break from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $25 for Burrell staff, $35 for community members (includes 6 CE credits, if applicable)
CE credits: Full participation AND return of post-session survey earns 6 CE credits
Questions: Call Mandy Vela at 417-761-5020 or e-mail

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe DBT skills in the areas of Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness.
  2. Participants will be able to explain multiple strategies for teaching DBT skills to clients.
  3. Participants will be able to utilize specific DBT skills to effectively change behavior.
  4. Participants will be able to apply DBT chain analysis techniques in clinical practice.
  5. Participants will be able to apply DBT diary cards and chain analysis techniques in clinical practice

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Speaker Bio:

Dr. Jennifer B. Dragonette is an experienced practitioner, supervisor, and instructor of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and trauma-informed care approaches to treatment. She has dedicated her career to helping clients create more authentic, meaningful, and fulfilling lives. Dr. Dragonette was the founding Executive Director for Newport Healthcare in Northern California, a series of residential and outpatient treatment centers for adolescents and young adults with mental health and addiction challenges. As Executive Director, Dr. Dragonette established nine separate treatment facilities and oversaw all clinical and operational aspects of treatment. Previously, Dr. Dragonette was the Director of Behavioral Health for Petaluma Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Petaluma, California. In that role, she coordinated the full integration of the Behavioral Health and Primary Care teams to ensure high quality, collaborative care. During the wildfires that ravaged Northern California in 2017, she spearheaded and developed programs to support parents and children in the aftermath of that traumatic event. Dr. Dragonette also served in both clinical and leadership roles at Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa’s Addiction Medicine and Recovery Services. She has been featured in dozens of TV, print, and online media outlets nationwide as an expert in trauma, relationships and family systems, healthy boundaries, anxiety, and adolescent mental health. She was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, Princeton University, and the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium, and is a licensed clinical psychologist in California.

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