All Kinds of News for May 10, 2017
Skyland Trail has amended admissions criteria to accept clients ages 18 and older with a primary diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD). For many years, adults with a primary mood or thought disorder and co-occurring BPD have successfully engaged in the residential dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) program at Skyland Trail. The new admissions criteria expands the residential DBT program to adults with a primary BPD diagnosis.
Clients who enroll in the DBT residential treatment program at Skyland Trail often have symptoms that include impulsivity, self-injurious behaviors or frequent suicide attempts. They also often have extreme emotional reactions and "stormy" relationships. Most have not developed healthy coping skills for handling stress or emotional discomfort.
Dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT, has been proven to be an effective therapeutic approach for helping individuals who struggle with BPD or emotional disregulation manage their symptoms, feel safe and accepted, improve relationships, and live a life worth living. Clients who admit to the residential DBT program may step-down to the nonresidential day treatment and intensive outpatient programs as their skills improve.
The Skyland Trail program addresses stage 1 of DBT therapy, which focuses on attaining foundational skills and capacity to manage suicidal behaviors, therapy-interfering behaviors, major quality-of-life-interfering behaviors, and deficits in behavioral skills. DBT creator Dr. Marsha Linehan describes the goal of stage 1 as "moving from being out of control of one's behavior to being in control."
As part of the intensive 90-day program, clients develop practical strategies to cope with intense emotions so that they can prevent repeat hospitalizations, practice healthy coping skills, and build trusting relationships with therapists. As clients complete the intensive program, they become familiar with the shared language and framework of DBT, and learn and practice DBT skills to effectively participate in therapy and supportive social relationships. After leaving the program, clients are prepared to continue therapeutic work on an outpatient basis in the community.