All Kinds of News for April 06, 2016
New Roads Behavioral Health (UT) recently sent a few of our employees to the Portland DBT Institute to complete extensive DBT training. By doing so, our employees were able to reevaluate our current DBT program and implement minor changes to strengthen the treatment we provide to our clients.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is a specialized type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD. DBT focuses on changing behavior and changing thought. There are five “modes” of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. These modes utilize a support team to help promote healthy behaviors and reinforce the skills taught in therapy. These areas are:
- Individual Therapy
- Skills Training
- Ancillary Treatments
- Telephone Consultation
- Consultation Team
With all of these elements combined, clients are given a great deal of support and guidance as they look to identify goals and make changes in their lives.
All of the staff at New Roads have been specially trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Many of our therapists have been trained extensively at the Portland DBT Institute, including their most recent Comprehensive Implementation and Training Initiative. These staff members attended two sessions over a period of six months where they were able to learn more about implementing DBT in treatment facilities, implementing/making changes to DBT within the program, and reevaluating the experiences at the end to complete their certification.
Our amazing staff that attended this most recent training were able to analytically review what we were doing to be able to make minor changes and add components to strengthen the DBT aspects of our treatment programs. An ad hoc committee was created at New Roads upon completion of the training to ensure that we’re correctly implementing all of the modes of DBT. New Roads strives to provide continuing training and educational opportunities for our employees, which helps strengthen the overall quality of the treatment we provide.