Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for African American Clients

La’Tesha Sampson, MPA, MSW, LCSW

Course Description:
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence based treatment model designed to help people manage overwhelming feelings and self-defeating behaviors. These feelings and behaviors may create major challenges in life, such as: angry outbursts, violence, depression, immobility and avoidance by suicide attempts, substance abuse, and eating disorders. Due to the uniqueness of the African American experience in the United States, DBT is a particularly beneficial modality to employ while working with African American clients. This interactive workshop will assist clinicians with tailoring the DBT core modules of mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness skills training for African American clients in a culturally sensitive manner.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the core modules of DBT
  2. Recognize the uniqueness of the African American experience in the United States
  3. Identify African American barriers to treatment
  4. Utilize DBT in a culturally competent manner to assist African American clients with reaching their treatment goals

About the Presenter:
La’Tesha Sampson is a NJ Licensed Clinical Social Worker, full time faculty at the Rutgers University School of Social Work and President and Founder of Great Joy Counseling and Consulting Services in Westfield, NJ. La’Tesha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Syracuse University, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Metropolitan College of New York, a Master’s degree in Social Work from Kean University and is completing her PhD in Urban Health from Rutgers University where her dissertation work is based on Spirituality and Mental Health treatment for African American’s.

 Location: Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ
Date:   June 25, 2018  Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm
Registration and continental breakfast will take place between 9:00-9:30a.m.
The workshop will begin promptly at 9:30a.m.


9:30-10:30am Introduction and overview of DBT
10:30-11:00am Understanding the African American treatment experience
11:00-11:05am Morning break
11:05am-12:00pm African Americans’ barriers to treatment and adherence expectations
12:00 – 12:45pm Lunch on your own
12:45-2:45 Strategies for incorporating DBT into treatment of African Americans
2:45-2:50pm Afternoon break
2:50-3:30 Role plays/Group Activities/Mock Client Interviews
Closing Q/A

 Target Audience:  Social Workers, Counselors, and other mental health professionals. This course is appropriate for intermediate level participants.

Continuing Education Credits: FAMILYConnections, Provider #1252, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. FAMILYConnections maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB ACE Approval Period: 01/10/2017 – 01/10/2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1 clinical and 4 social and cultural competency continuing education clock hours.

NJ Social workers: We have applied to the ASWB for the following credits for this course:  Clinical 1, Social and Cultural Competency 4.

FAMILYConnections, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6604. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Counselors will receive 5 CE hours.

FAMILYConnections is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

In accordance with ASWB guidelines, all participants must sign in and sign out and complete a course evaluation in order to receive CEs. Partial credit will not be given to those arriving late or leaving early. Certificates will be awarded to participants after they have signed out at the completion of the course.

Directions & Parking Information: Detailed directions and information will be sent to registrants in a confirmation email.

Facilities: If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Niki Stromko, Program Manager, at 973-323-3454 or by email at nstromko@familyconnectionsnj.org

Registration: Free registration will be open to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health agencies and self-help centers until June 15, 2018. Cancellations must be made by June 22, 2018.

To register, please click here

Grievances: Please contact Niki Stromko, Program Manager, at 973-323-3454 with any grievances. Please see attached Grievance Policy for more information.

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