All Kinds of News for December 04, 2019
La Europa Academy clinicians just completed Part One of the RO-DBT intensive training program so that La Europa may better meet the needs of students who are exhibiting perfectionism, high anxiety, low social awareness and connection, social anxiety and avoidance and/or rigidity and loneliness. Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT) was designed specifically to address the issues that arise from too much self-control.
Most people would agree with the statement that self-control is a good thing and contributes to overall success and satisfaction in life. La Europa often works with individuals who lack self-control, and the results can significantly affect that person’s life. But can one have too much self-control? Obviously, the answer is yes. As with most things, too much self-control can cause as many problems as to little self-control. Too much self-control can result in a lack of openness, difficulty connecting with others or feeling part of the group, a profound sense of loneliness, alienation, depression and anxiety.
One's natural temperament tends to lean either toward over control (OC) or under control (UC). Individuals with too much self-control, or over-controlled individuals (OC), are often highly detail-oriented, have a low reward sensitivity so they do not feel the same level of pleasure as others do, experience a higher level of sensitivity to threat than other individuals which results in overly-focusing on the negative aspects of a situation, and are often able to demonstrate a strong ability to control impulses and reactions which can make them appear aloof, distant or arrogant. People who lean toward under control, or UC, tend to focus on the “bigger picture” and be less detail oriented, have a higher reward sensitivity so they feel pleasure more often, experience a lower sensitivity to threat so they are less focused on the negative aspects of a situation and have more difficulty controlling impulses and reactions.
Whether a person leans toward OC or UC is helpful information when applying treatment strategies. Many treatments were developed for under-controlled individuals. People who lean toward an over-controlled temperament may not respond as well to the strategies used for individuals who are more under controlled. RO-DBT has strategies specifically targeted to increase connection with others, teach and encourage flexible thinking and responding, promote self-reflection, decrease rigid, rule-governed behavior and help the individual become more open so that he/she feels like part of the tribe!
About La Europa Academy and Mosaic House Transition Program
La Europa Academy is a residential treatment center for girls ages 14 -18 who struggle with emotional dysregulation, anxiety, depression, school refusal, disordered eating and substance use. Our program, located in Murray, UT, uses a combination of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and clinical expressive arts to help students learn to manage their emotions effectively. Students at La Europa experience expressive art therapies multiple times per week as well as engaging in creative arts in our fully-accredited high school.
Mosaic House Transition Program provides La Europa students with a step-down experience toward the end of their stay in residential treatment, in order to help transition the student to the next step. Mosaic House is a 15-bed home where students can practice the skills they have learned in a less-structured environment.