DBT Summer Program

Our Crossroads program allows adolescents ages 12 to 17 to practice and process effective techniques to help them regain balance during overwhelming times. Participants can practice:

  • Mindfulness: the practice of being fully aware and present in the moment
  • Distress tolerance: how to tolerate pain in difficult situations, not change it
  • Interpersonal effectiveness: how to ask for what you want and say no while maintaining self-respect and relationships with others
  • Emotion Regulation: how to appropriately manage strong emotions

Monday through Friday from 8:15 am to 4:30 pm
First group begins May 22 – June 23, 2017
Second group begins June 26 – July 28, 2017

What is DBT?
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and it is now recognized as the gold standard psychological treatment for this population. In addition, research has shown that it is effective in treating a wide range of other disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders.

*Source: http://behavioraltech.org

Who can benefit from DBT?
DBT is a recognized, evidenced-based treatment modality that is used to treat chronically suicidal individuals, individuals with disorders involving emotional dysregulation such as substance use or eating disorders, and individuals struggling with severe depression.

What can DBT accomplish?

  • Decrease the frequency and severity of self-destructive behaviors
  • Increase motivation to change by providing positive reinforcement
  • Emphasize the strengths of individuals

How effective is DBT?
DBT can be effective in reducing suicidal behavior, self-injury, psychiatric hospitalization, treatment dropout, substance use, anger and depression and improving social and global functioning. Research has shown that the majority will experience significant and long-lasting periods of symptom remission in their lifetime.

For individuals actively involved in DBT, family members and friends can be helpful in providing support of their loved one and by encouraging them to continue with treatment.
* Source: The National Alliance on Mental Illness

To enroll, please email [email protected] or call 901-758-2002.