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In Their Own Voices: Understanding Adolescent Self Harm and the Practice Skills that Help
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In Their Own Voices: Understanding Adolescent Self Harm and the Practice Skills that Help

When: Saturday, September 29th
9:00 am-4:00 pm
Where: University of Utah College of Social Work, Okazaki Community Room (155)
395 S. 1500 E.
Salt Lake City, Utah  84112
United States
Contact: NASW Staff

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In Their Own Voices: Understanding Adolescent Self Harm and the Practice Skills that Help.

More and more adolescents cut, attempt suicide, and engage in risky sexual behaviors and substance use.  What are the practice implications for the treatment of adolescents who engage in these self-harming behaviors?

The first half of this workshop will focus on understanding and intervening with adolescents who engage in non-suicidal self-harm using current theoretical conceptualizations primarily drawn from functional, transdiagnostic, and transtherapeutic perspectives.  It will focus on the practical application of these perspectives while assessing self-harming behaviors. The assessment process will also be considered from both micro and macro perspectives, e.g., individuals with marginalized identities (LGBTQ individual, racial and ethnic minorities) are at increased risk for engaging in self-harming behaviors. Issues of social justice and reflexivity will be considered throughout the presentation.

The second half of the workshop will draw upon the work of Alec Miller, an informal study conducted at Primary Children’s Hospital and the presenter’s 18 years of clinical practice of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) with adolescents and their families. Although there are no “well established” treatments for decreasing adolescent suicide attempts and Non- Suicidal Self –Injury (NSSI), - studies on DBT adapted for adolescents are showing promising results.  DBT for adolescents has been listed as one of six treatments demonstrating significant decreases in suicide attempts and self-harm in adolescents.  As adolescents begin a new school year, clinicians often see an upsurge in self-harming behaviors related to stress, anxiety and depression.  This workshop will discuss adolescent self-harm and introduce DBT skills intended to help clinicians better understand, assess and treat self-harming behaviors in adolescents. 

Presenters: Dorann Mitchell, LCSW, ACSW & Michael Riquino, LCSW, PhD Candidate

Michael Riquino, LCSW, has 7 years of post-graduate clinical experience working with individuals, groups, and families. He is currently a PhD candidate and adjunct instructor at the University of Utah College of Social Work. His research and clinical interests revolve around addressing nonsuicidal self-injury across the lifespan, with a particular focus on youth with marginalized identities, and integrating micro and macro approaches in social work practice.

Dorann C. Mitchell, ACSW, LCSW, holds a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents awarded by the Postgraduate Center for Psychoanalysis and Mental Health, NYC, after the completion of a 3 year Fellowship.  In 2000 she introduced and worked to adapt DBT to Primary Children’s Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic and co-hosted the first DBT intensive level training in the state in 2006.   She developed the curriculum for the first DBT elective at the CSW at the U of U.   She has developed and implemented three Adolescent DBT programs. 

Dorann is an award winning professor, supervisor and agency director.  A past Director of Primary Children’s Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic for 11 years (SLC, UT), she also retired in June 2016 from the University of Utah’s College of Social Work where she was Assistant Professor, Chair of the Substance Use Concentration in the MSW program, Director of Professional and Community Education and the Director of the Substance Use Disorder Counselor Certificate Training Program. 

Currently a Board member for NASW, she relocated September 2017 to St. George and is working part-time with Sunrise RTC as Director of Training and Development.  She is also the owner of Create Health, LLC specializing in Linehan full outpatient Adolescent and Young Adult DBT programs, Play therapy and EMDR, Trauma Treatment for children, teens and adults.


Time: 9:00am-4:00pm (6 CEUs available)
Lunch will be on your own from 12:00-1:00 pm.

Cost:  NASW Members: $50

           Non-Members: $85

Limited Space. NASW Member Registration Priority until September 8th

*Please note:

-When registering, please complete both the Attendee Info AND Attendee Selections portions of the registration page or your registration will not be complete and will not process properly.  Please call us at 801-583-8855 if you need assistance.

-ADA Requests must be made 14 days in advance of the presentation.


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