Jacquelyn N. Smith, LCSW-R, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (R-privileged) who works full-time at Cognitive & Behavioral Consultants of Westchester and Manhattan (CBC), a private group practice of internationally recognized mental health professionals who specialize in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), co-founded by Dr. Lata McGinn and Dr. Alec Miller, who are world-renown and highly published experts in CBT for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and DBT for Adolescents respectively.
Ms. Smith has worked in a variety of mental health settings, including outpatient, day treatment, and inpatient services. Ms. Smith specializes in working with adults, adolescents and their families, who have significant emotional and behavioral problems as well as personality disorders. Prior to working at CBC, Ms. Smith was the Associate Coordinator of the DBT Program at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center (CPC) in Queens Village, NY, expanding and strengthening DBT treatment across inpatient and outpatient services. At CPC, Ms. Smith was a lead clinician, administrator, and senior supervisor, bringing DBT services to two of the outpatient clinics that previously had not had access to the treatment. Ms. Smith’s other responsibilities included training and supervising multiple interdisciplinary teams and ensuring increased fidelity to the DBT model in all treatment areas.
Ms. Smith was intensively trained in DBT in 2005 with further training in DBT’s application to substance use disorders, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and other complex behavioral issues. Ms. Smith has completed additional advanced intensive DBT training with Marsha M. Linehan, PhD (DBT treatment developer). Ms. Smith also participated in a 5 day Zen Mindfulness Retreat led by Dr. Linehan.
Ms. Smith graduated from Columbia University’s School of Social Work in 2005 having completed a full academic year internship on a DBT inpatient unit directly supervised by Andre Ivanoff, PhD, President of Behavioral Tech, LLC, and President of The Linehan Institute. Ms. Smith earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with summa cum laude honors from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. There she completed her undergraduate thesis in the Psychology Honors program with her thesis topic focused on adolescent depression in rural areas.
Ms. Smith is a longstanding member of the National Association of Social Workers and an ardent supporter of the Linehan Institute, founded by Marsha Linehan to make compassionate and effective behavioral treatments available to all persons with complex and severe mental disorders. She also volunteers with the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEABPD), including serving as a Conference Coordinator for the Annual NEABPD conference held each Spring at Yale University.
Ms. Smith is currently faculty for CSSW’s DBT Training Program and Lab, the only DBT training program for social workers in the nation. Ms. Smith has additionally been a Field Instructor for the DBT Training Program and Lab since the Fall of 2009 and has served as guest lecturer for the program prior to her faculty appointment.