DBT PROGRAM COMPONENTS
Our program combines all of the elements of an adherent model based upon the work of Dr Marsha Linehan, Dr. Jill Rathus and Dr. Alec Miller. These elements include group therapy, individual therapy, consultation team and skills coaching.
Individual Therapy. (at least once weekly). In individual therapy, we review diary cards, figure out where in the chain of events that problems arise, and craft solutions for the client using the DBT Skills that they are learning in group therapy.
Group Skills Training. (weekly therapy, at least 2 month commitment, 26 weeks total). In group therapy, we teach a mindfulness skill, review skills home practice from the previous group, and teach a new skill. Adolescents 13-18 attend multi-family groups which are modeled after the program developed by Dr.s Miller and Rathus. Adults 18+ attend multi-family groups which are adherent to the Marsha Linehan protocols in her 2014 publication. In skill groups, families learn DBT skills in a group format. We also offer a graduate group for those who have finished the 26 weeks.
Skills Coaching. (as needed). Skills coaching phone calls are provided free of charge for the first 15 minutes of coaching for clients in the full DBT program. The goal of skills coaching is to provide the opportunity for the client to have support while practicing skills outside the therapy room. We consider this a critical part of the DBT program, as clients need to learn to use their skills in all contexts.
Consultation Team. We have a consultation team that includes 6 clinicians who meet weekly to improve our individual skills and our DBT Program as a whole.