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DBT Adult Intensive Outpatient Program
Village Counseling and Wellness’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is designed specifically for adults experiencing difficulties which require a higher level of care than our standard DBT program.
Our IOP gives clients the chance to receive a higher level of care while still living at home and participating in daily activities, e.g., school, work, family. Our goal is to help individuals transition from our IOP into our standard outpatient DBT program.
The DBT Intensive Outpatient Program meets three times per week.
Over the course of the week, participants attend:
- One 50-minute individual therapy session
- Nine hours of DBT skills training and intervention
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Below are articles written by Suzette Bray, LMFT.
Interpersonal Effectiveness in Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Clients who have completed the mindfulness training module in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) then move on to the second core skills module, interpersonal effectiveness. These skills are extremely important because the way we communicate with others has a significant impact on the quality of our relationships and on the outcome of our interactions. In order to communicate more effectively, DBT clients are taught skills that help them approach conversations in a more thoughtful and deliberate manner rather than acting and reacting impulsively due to stress or intense emotions. Two key components of interpersonal effectiveness are the ability to ask for things and to say no to requests, when appropriate.
In the Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder, DBT founder Marsha Linehan identifies three types of effectiveness that must be addressed in interpersonal exchanges: Continue Reading…
Core Mindfulness in Dialectical Behavior Therapy
As discussed in the overview of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), the first of the four primary DBT modules is core mindfulness. Derived largely from Eastern zen philosophies and Western contemplative practices, mindfulness forms the foundation for the other three DBT modules of interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation.
Mindfulness is the practice of observing one’s emotions and environment, describing feelings and experiences, and fully participating in the moment. By learning and incorporating mindfulness skills, clients become more aware of their feelings, thoughts, impulses, and behaviors. This awareness empowers the individual to better regulate his or her emotions and choose more appropriate actions. Continue Reading…