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Iowa BEST: Behavioral, Equitable, Social-Emotional, Trauma-Informed Health in Schools Summit
The Iowa BEST Summit is designed to highlight educators’ collective need to bolster support and care across the educational system, and to build shared capacity to get there. The sessions will deliver resources and practical solutions around social-emotional-behavioral health. #IowaBEST2021

The summit is co-sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education and the University of Iowa College of Education.

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Wednesday, November 3 • 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Training for School Staff and Students (Part 2)

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment approach that was originally designed for adults and has been adapted into a manualized treatment program for adolescents. The DBT Skills training provides a group-based approach to instructing teenagers in the use of mindfulness and development of coping skills for tolerating emotionally distressing situations, learning emotion regulation, and improving interpersonal effectiveness (1,2) . Over the past five years, an ongoing collaboration between the UIHC Department of Psychiatry and the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) has resulted in the implementation of a school-based Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)-informed model of care. The model involves UIHC staff trained in DBT providing direct training, consultation, and support to general and special education teachers and school social workers on how to teach the DBT Skills to teens in the classroom. In the 2021-22 academic year, the program is training its 4th cohort of school staff in the model. The implementation model involves consideration of support at all levels of the MTSS, and aims to build a sustainable district-wide program which provides a common language for understanding and addressing emotions and interpersonal relationships among school staff and students.


Brandi Moon

Special Education Coordinator, Behavior Specialist, Iowa City Community School District

Coreen Frank

Iowa City Schools
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Dr. Jamie Elizalde

Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Jamie Elizalde, PhD is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Dr. Elizalde completed her PhD in School Psychology at Illinois State University, and her pre- and postdoctoral... Read More →

James Burkhalter

Behavioral Health Clinical Manager, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

Wednesday November 3, 2021 1:00pm - 2:15pm CDT
Hy-Vee Hall Room 107