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JoAnn Heap

LEO Intermittent Lecturer

JoAnn Heap, LMSW, has extensive training in DBT, including over 220 credited hours with Linehan & her B-tech group. She has clinical as well as supervisory experience in using the model in diverse practice settings. She was the senior clinical social worker on the personality disorders team at the UM Hospital inpatient psychiatric unit for 8 years before dividing her time equally as a consultant to Washtenaw County Community and also University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry Ambulatory for the following 8 years. She retired from her position as Director of Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program for adults and adolescents in the Department of Psychiatry at UMHS October 2016, where she provided supervision and training to psychiatry residents, social work students and staff at Rachel Upjohn Depression Center where she was on the peri-natal depression team. She facilitated DBT group therapy for adults and also for adolescents with their families. Her publications include a chapter in Emergency Room Psychiatry which led to an invitation to do a Webinar for Rochester University. She has a private practice in Ann Arbor where she does psychotherapy and training. After retiring from University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry, Social Work, she accepted a temporary position as Senior Social Work Supervisor for the Mary A. Rackham Institute, University Psychological Clinic, University of Michigan, where she provides training to Social Work Interns and Fellows.


Year Degree   School
1991 MSW IP, MH University of Michigan
1990 BA Psychology Michigan State University

Silk, K. R., & Heap, J. (2008). Treating patients with a personality disorder in emergency settings. Psychiatric Issues Emergency Care Settings, 7(3), 10-17.

Heap, J., & Silk, K. R. (2008). Personality disorders. In R. L. Glick, S. Berlin, A. Fishkind, A, & S. Zeller (Eds.), Emergency Psychiatry: Principles and Practice. Baltimore: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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