Dialectical Behavior Therapy

DBT 12-Day Skills Building Intensive

For an individual diagnosed with bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety or borderline personality disorder, who feels out of control with painful emotions and often does not know how to cope with distress, often worsening moods and relationships with their behaviors. For those ready to make a significant change, this program can be a jump start for a longer term outpatient program or a refresher for those who have learned the skills, but are not applying them consistently. This program is intended to provide a toolbox of skills quickly and efficiently to promote happiness, adaptive coping and healthier relationships.

Patients in this track can expect to spend time on these Dialectical Behavior Therapy techniques:

  • Assessment
  • Mindfulness
  • Distress Tolerance
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Application of Skills and Ongoing Recommendations

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a specific type of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy developed in the late 1980s by psychologist Marsha M. Linehan to help better treat borderline personality disorder. Over time, DBT has also been used for the treatment of other kinds of mental health disorders.

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) treatment is a type of psychotherapy that utilizes a cognitive-behavioral approach. DBT emphasizes psychosocial aspects of treatment.

DBT theory states that some people are prone to react in a more intense and out-of-the-ordinary manner toward certain emotional situations, primarily those found in key relationships. DBT theory suggests that some people’s arousal levels in such situations can increase more rapidly than the average person’s,they also attain a higher level of emotional stimulation, and take a significant amount of time to return to baseline.

For example, people who are diagnosed with borderline personality disorder may experience extreme swings in their moods, and seem to always be in crisis. These individuals are often misunderstood and really need methods for coping with these sudden, intense surges of emotion. DBT treatment plans can help guide an individual to learn helpful skills.

Who would benefit from a Dialectical Behavior Therapy 12-Day Skills Building Intensive?

Highly motivated patients who already have a diagnosis of BPD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar (who are medication stable), and want a short term intensive program to introduce them to DBT treatment plans and concepts. Once discharged then patients can go to an outpatient DBT group or a full DBT residential program.

The DBT 12-Day Skills Building Intensive would also benefit patients with some DBT exposure, but who need refresher due to recent relapse of old behaviors.

View a sample schedule for a Dialectical Behavior Therapy 12-Day Skills Building Intensive:  SH-DBT INTENSIVE

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