Enhancing Emotion Regulation Skills for the Cognitively Challenged Client: The Skills System

The Trauma Center is excited to announce its Sixth Annual Summer Training Institute! Conducted by Senior Faculty of the Trauma Center at Justice Resource I...
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Julie Brown
5 Hours 53 Minutes
Audio and Video
Jul 20, 2017


The Trauma Center is excited to announce its Sixth Annual Summer Training Institute! Conducted by Senior Faculty of the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute, this intensive program undertakes a depth exploration of the complexity of adaptation to trauma, cutting edge interventions, and integrative approaches to healing for impacted children and adults.

Dr. Brown will introduce participants to her Skills System for improvement of self-regulation and executive functioning in traumatized adolescents and adults presenting with cognitive challenges.

Individuals with histories of trauma and/or behavioral health issues experience cognitive challenges that impact their abilities to self-regulate. These deficits impact the individuals to:

  • access therapeutic interventions
  • develop/maintain relationships
  • execute goal directed behaviors.

This training will provide participants with an introduction to the Skills System, which is a user-friendly emotion regulation skills curriculum designed to be accessible for individuals that are vulnerable learners. This session will offer participants a few tangible additions to their bag of tricks and provide a foundation for more advanced Skills System learning. 



  • Introduction to Emotions and Emotion Regulation
  • Skills System concepts
  • All-the-Time Skills
    • Clear Picture
    • On-Track Thinking
    • On-Track Action
  • All-the-Time Skills
    • Safety Plan
    • New-Me Activities
  • Calm Only Skills
    • Problem Solving
    • Expressing Myself
    • Getting It Right
    • Relationship Care
  • Building Skills Chains


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Julie F. Brown, Ph.D., is the author of the Emotion Regulation Skills System for the Cognitively Challenged Client: A DBT™-Informed Approach (2016). Julie is the director of the Skills System at Justice Resource Institute and an adjunct faculty at the Trauma Center at JRI. She is an independently licensed social worker and has provided individual and group therapy for individuals with complex learning and behavioral health issues for over 25 years. She has been a DBT trainer with Behavioral Tech, LLC (Linehan Institute) since 2005, specializing in improving the accessibility of DBT for individuals with cognitive impairments/behavioral health issues. In addition to publishing articles and book chapters addressing issues related to intellectual disabilities, Julie authored the book The Skills System Instructor’s Guide: An Emotion Regulation Skills Curriculum for All Learning Abilities in 2011. She has presented and trained extensively on the topics of intellectual disabilities, the Skills System, DBT, and the treatment of sexual abusers in the US and abroad.