Jane Duncan, LCSW
“Things start happening when patients start believing they can change.”
Inspiring patients to hope is the essential first step in treatment for Jane Duncan, LCSW, serving as the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) clinician in the Intensive Outpatient Program. This program is for adults who are able to live at home but require treatment and skills to function more effectively.
“I work from a strengths based perspective,” Jane explains. “Everyone here is struggling with something but everyone also has some inner strengths, so I use that to instill in patients the belief that this time they can change.”
Jane runs the Intensive Outpatient DBT groups, prepares the evaluations for the program, and also does initial patient assessments for addiction, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, and obsessive compulsive disorder. “When I do an assessment,” she says, “I can begin to form a hypothesis of what this person is experiencing and how our services can help them with their self discovery.”
Jane finds the fast pace of her job rewarding. “When I see that the hard work I put in is actually benefitting my patients, well, there’s no feeling like that in the world.”
Masters of Social Work, Fordham University; Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, University of Iowa
Training & Certifications
Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive; Exposure Response Prevention Therapy
National Association of Social Workers
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