Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Program (DBT)
DBT is an evidence-based therapy developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington utilizing cognitive-behaviour treatment combined with acceptance strategies and Zen philosophy. The DBT Program provides therapeutic services to youth who have experienced suicidal thoughts, actions, and/or self-harming behavior in addition to quality of life-interfering behaviours and interpersonal issues. DBT workers take a compassionate view of the client and accept them for who they are, while helping them to make changes and to work towards their personal goals.
The DBT program provides treatment which lasts a minimum of 6 months, up to 1 year. The program includes:
- Weekly, individual therapy sessions for the youth
- 24 week skills training group for youth and their caregiver/support person
- 24-hour phone coaching for youth and their caregiver/support person (for help applying skills in real life situations)
- Family counselling, as appropriate