Using the Dialectical Behavioural Skills Training (DBT) Manual developed by Marsha Linehan, this program is a broad-based cognitive- behavioural treatment , for patients with Borderline Personality Disorder and for individuals who struggle with both over control and under control of emotions and associated cognitive and behavioural patterns.
- To educate clients on how to assess and identify thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
- To provide education and training in the areas of mindfulness, interpersonal skills, emotion regulation and distress tolerance.
- To begin in 2019, for individuals who may require more intensive support, individual support will be offered by clinicians as well as 24-hour access to telephone coaching by the Huron Perth Helpline and Crisis Response Team for brief contact and coaching on DBT skills. Criteria for this support will be assessed by the facilitators or referring source.
Criteria for admission
- Clients who have difficulty with exhibiting self-destructive or impulsive behaviours.
- Clients that need assistance managing negative core beliefs and emotions will benefit from this group.
- Client must be able to tolerate two hours of group instructions and dialogue. Clients will be expected to complete homework as assigned.
Location and Schedule
This group takes place at the Stratford General Hospital in the Special Services Building.
There are two separate DBT Groups:
- One group will be held once a week for 8 months.
- The second group will be run continuously (once weekly) with new group members being given the opportunity to enter the group at the start of each new module. The second framework would run for 6 months.
Referrals can be made by clinicians, central intake, family physicians or self-referral.
As this group is a highly sought after group, the facilitators are requesting that referral source appreciate that priority will be given to individuals who have not yet completed the program.