At our KMI facility, our highly trained therapists are using another approach in treatment called Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). DBT is a method for teaching coping skills for our adult and adolescent patients that are dealing with self-destructive and treatment-interfering behaviors. We have been using this skills group since 2009 in addition to our cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior modification, etc. We recently added DBT to our Psych and Dual Partial Hospitalization Programs.
Our DBT Skills Group consists of four content areas:
- Distress Tolerance
- Emotional Regulation
- Interpersonal Effectiveness
Mindfulness is about being in the here and now most of the time. It is about doing one thing at a time. When individuals use mindfulness in their lives, they are able to stay in balance, remain non-judgmental and be as effective as possible.
Distress Tolerance is about learning to tolerate frustration. It is about being able to deal with stress, drama and crisis in skilled ways.
Emotional Regulation is about learning impulse control. This includes tolerating, managing and coping with emotions, impulses, urges and cravings while not acting automatically or without thinking it through.
Interpersonal Effectiveness is about being effective in relationships. Here individuals balance investment in relationships, commitment to self and the ability to communicate effectively.
DBT provides the skills necessary for learning to deal and cope with relationship conflict, overwhelming emotions and severe stress. Skill groups meet Monday through Friday. These important skills reduce the size of emotional waves and help keep life in balance. Patients implement new techniques and strategies that have a tremendous impact on their ability to cope with distress and pain.
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