Dialectical Behavior Therapy
At Columbus Behavioral Center, we provide Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). DBT, developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D at the University of Washington, has been shown to significantly reduce para-suicidal behaviors such as cutting, suicide attempts and in-patient stays. Clients are more likely to begin and complete treatment with DBT than with traditional treatment programs, which leads to more sustained behavioral control.
How DBT Works
DBT increases the development of behavioral skills that help residents build relationships, manage emotions, and cope more effectively with various life problems. DBT targets residents’ issues by teaching four primary skill sets:
In each primary area, skills are taught and homework is given to assist youth in learning how to deal with their issues, without resorting to self-defeating behaviors, such as self-mutilation, suicide attempts, substance abuse and sabotaging meaningful relationships. The final and ultimate stage of DBT results in the youth being able to feel freedom and happiness with life.
DBT Program Features
Areas DBT is Effective:
Columbus Behavioral Center’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy program is a 30-90 day intensive residential treatment program created for females, ages 12-18 with self-harming behaviors, borderline features, substance abuse or intense emotional swings, who have not responded positively to prior treatments. Some specific areas of struggle include (but not limited to):
An Effective Treatment Model
Adolescents with persistent and pervasive emotional dysregulation, who have not been amenable to previous treatment efforts, can often benefit from intense Dialectical Behavior Therapy. DBT treatment was initially developed to treat para-suicidal behaviors associated with Borderline Personality Disorder in adults. It has also resulted in additional mental health benefits for the adolescent population with psychiatric disorders such as mood and anxiety, substance abuse and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
It is widely believed and supported that family or guardian involvement plays a key role in the success of the adolescent’s treatment outcome. We believe that the parents/responsible adults in an adolescent’s life are experts about their children and their knowledge must be incorporated into assessment and treatment. We understand that parents need support, education, and skills to relate to their adolescents in more satisfying ways.
DBT Treatment Components
The DBT treatment components include individual DBT therapy, group skill-based therapy, individual skills coaching and family therapy. These groups and treatment components will include:
In-depth Assessment and Evaluation
The evaluation includes both short-term and long-term treatment options related to medication, preferred therapy modalities, specifics of family interventions, transitional care planning and formulation of educational recommendations. Parents and guardians are always encouraged to tour the facility and meet with the program therapist before admission.
Length of Stay
To conduct the evaluation and implement the treatment, a minimal length of stay of 30 days is required, with 60 days being optimal. During this time, the team works closely with the adolescent and their family/guardian to develop a collaborative aftercare plan.
We can accept private insurance, Indiana Medicaid, State placements, Out of State placements, private pay, and Department of Education. To speak with a member of our Admissions team, call 800.562.5213.
Dr. Jerad Dalton, Attending Psychiatrist
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