Webinar: The ABCs of DBT in Residential Treatment
The ABC’s of DBT in Residential Treatment is a course that explores how the use of Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy can be applied to Residential Treatment in order to emphasize the main concepts of DBT: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. DBT is an evidence based form of treatment that has been found to be effective in treating adolescents and adults with Borderline Personality Disorder, including mood dysregulation, self-harm behaviors, and suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. The goal of DBT is to teach effective coping skills and practice them prior to needing to use them in a crisis. DBT in RTC’s can be effective on the dorms, in the school setting, in group and individual therapy sessions. A common language used can be interweaved throughout all settings. Using DBT skills is beneficial for students and staff members in managing stressful situations and interacting with others effectively.
Presenter: Dorinda Walden, MA
Dori has been facilitating Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Groups for adults, adolescents and their families since 2009. While living in Durango, CO she was trained in DBT Skills and traveled 100 miles per day to teach adolescent DBT skills to middle school and high schoolers in rural parts of the Southwest Colorado. She has combined working in residential care, her passion for adolescent girls, and teaching DBT concepts in individual and group settings for over two years at Mingus Mountain Academy, in Prescott Valley, Arizona. She leads two DBT skills therapy groups per week at MMA and provides support and training for staff members at Mingus.