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DBT--Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Skills Training Classes


DBT--Dialectical Behavior Therapy




We do provide COMPREHENSIVE DBT in accordance with DBTNCAA Standards


·          Not everyone who comes to VIPMHLC needs DBT.  We provide "regular therapy” too.  However, we MAY REQUIRE you to participate in DBT if you have Borderline Personality Disorder, or if your clinical needs indicate that DBT is the most effective intervention for you.

·           If you participate in DBT you will be required to participate in DBT Skills Training in addition to your individual therapy sessions.  Attendance is required and the Class takes approximately a year to complete (and graduate)


·          DBT Resources:

o    Behavioral Tech:  http://www.behavioraltech.com/resources/whatisdbt.cfm

o    National DBT Certification:  http://www.dbtncaa.com/

o    Wiki:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dialectical_behavior_therapy

o    NAMI: http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=By_Illness&Template=/TaggedPage/TaggedPageDisplay.cfm&TPLID=54&ContentID=44780       


·          If you participate in DBT at VIPMHLC, we will "orient you" to DBT.  We will make sure you have a good understanding of how DBT works and what it entails before you commit to the program.  We will give you an opportunity to attend a DBT Skills Training Class.  We believe the best clients are educated clients, and we do a lot of educating!


·          Please note that if you meet criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder or Antisocial Personality Disorder, or if we believe that you might pose a threat to our current DBT Participants, we will prioritize their well-being and safety over your clinical needs, and we will refer you to another service provider.  DBT is not considered to be an Evidence-Based Practice (EVP) for these issues.


·          Is DBT for You?  This is the DBT Screening Tool that we provide to help determine if someone might be a "good match" for DBT.  It isn’t perfect, but it could be a good start.  We will assess you to determine how helpful DBT is likely to be for you. 


·          We are proud to be certified by the DBTNCAA, and we adhere to these guidelines in our provision of Comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy

·          In addition to Individual Therapy, Crisis Support, and Ancillary DBT Services, Comprehensive DBT at VIPMHLC Includes the  DBT Skills Training Classes

o    Skills Class participation is required for DBT clients, and acceptance into the DBT Program IS LIMITED based upon Class availability.

o    Skills Class participation is optional for non-DBT clients, and acceptance is based upon appropriateness of fit as well as upon Class availability.

o     We offer a monthly Advanced Skills Class for Skills Class Graduates to qualified persons



Skills Training Classes

·          Mindfulness

§   The Core Mindfulness Skills are the Skills upon which all the other Skills are built.  These Skills teach participants how to be effective, successful students of the Skills Class, and of Life.  Mindfulness Skills are also built into the other Skills Class Modules. 


·          Emotional Regulation            

§   The goals of this Module include learning how to identify (notice and describe) your emotions, learning how to work skillfully and effectively with emotional responses, learning how to identify what causes emotions, learning how you can influence your emotions, learning how to be less vulnerable to emotional escalation, and even learning how to appreciate some emotions you may hate.  Many people come to therapy for reasons related to emotional difficulties, such as depression, anger, guilt, anxiety, panic, and shame.  They often report this module to be most helpful.


·          Distress Tolerance

§   Part of the purpose of this Module is in recognition that sometimes, no matter how skilled a person is, life hands you something that is so difficult that your emotions get "out of control" and you "go into crisis".  When people get this way, they are often vulnerable to impulsive or compulsive behaviors that maybe they get concerned about later.  Like hurting themselves, or losing their tempers, or doing something dangerous, or eating.  Some of the Distress Tolerance Skills are the Skills that are taught to incorporate when a person gets vulnerable like that. 


·          Interpersonal Effectiveness

§   The Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills are the Skills that help participants learn how to ensure they are "heard" when they express needs and boundaries, how to build relationships, how to feel confident and build a sense of competence when interacting with other people, how to address conflict in relationships, and, in general, how to successfully interact with other people.  Other people can be anyone from your significant other, your boss, your parent, the check-out clerk, a police officer, a telephone representative, anyone.


·          Advanced Class for Skills Class Graduates            

§   Only Skills Class Graduates are permitted to participate in this Class, and attendance may be optional, depending on what you and your therapist have agreed upon.  This class meets monthly, and a quick review of the Skills Class Materials is conducted.  Various advanced topics are covered, depending on the needs and requests of current participants.  Topics can include Schema Work, Personality Disorders, Critical Thinking Theory, Advanced People Handling, and so forth.  An opportunity is provided for DBT Peer Support, so participants are able to coach each other in the use of Skills under the guidance of the Facilitator.




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