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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Rotation Starts
October 2 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is based on a cognitive-behavioral approach to therapy. DBT is an empirically validated treatment used in a wide variety of settings and shown in research to be successful in treating substance abuse, trauma, eating disorders, and depression. The emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance skills are useful for any individual seeking a healthier, more balanced lifestyle and is especially valuable for our students who have often lacked the skills to persevere through challenge.
Focus of DBT at CCT
- Increase students’ capabilities to manage emotions
- Using mindfulness skills to stay in the present moment
- Regulate emotions
- Improve motivation
- Ensure generalization to relevant contexts
The staff at CCT are trained to teach the students to use DBT skills in many different contexts and throughout the students’ daily schedule. Over the first three months students participate in DBT skills group twice a week to build the following foundational DBT skills:
- Distress Tolerance Skills: Skills to manage a crisis without making it worse
- Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills: Learning effective communication skills to communicate one’s wants and needs while maintaining strong relationships
- Emotion Regulation Skills: Understand emotions; identify the effects of emotion on the body; balancing feelings to reduce reactivity and increase intentionality