The Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) Program is an evidence-based therapy that provides goal-focused time-limited treatment for individuals with moderate to severe borderline personality disorder experiencing high risk behaviours and / or poor outcome / engagement in community clinics or DBT informed treatment.
The DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) Program provides evidence-based treatment to individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder living in the community who engage in high-risk behaviours and/or have experienced poor outcomes and/or engagement in community clinics or DBT informed treatments. Treatment is intensive and comprehensive, focusing on goals and based on treating behaviours according to a target hierarchy, prioritizing safety interfering behaviours followed by therapy interfering behaviours. Services include support around eliminating high risk behaviours such as self-harm, suicide, substance use, disordered eating, etc.; therapy to help individuals develop effective coping skills to build a life worth living; and treatment of PTSD symptoms when indicated. The DBT Program is time limited, generally 15 to 18 months in length. To participate in this program, clients are required to:
- attend weekly individual therapy
- attend weekly DBT Skills Group
- utilize between session skills coaching
- complete weekly homework
- complete daily diary cards
- work towards solving problems in a way that does not include intentional self-harm and / or suicide