Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): What it is and how it is useful in people’s daily lives – Special Encore Presentation!
February 2, 2009
Hosted by Mary Woods
Denise Kearns, RN is the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Program Manager & Treatment Care Coordinator at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT. Ms. Kearns completed DBT Intensive Training in 1996 and has practiced DBT in outpatient, inpatient and residential settings. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a treatment developed by Marsha M. Linehan specifically to treat individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD). It is based largely in behaviorist theory with cognitive elements. DBT also incorporates mindfulness practice. There are two essential parts of DBT: 1. Individual: in which weekly issues are discussed & recorded on diary cards. The therapist and client work towards improving skill use; 2. Group: Specific skills are learned and practiced: core mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness and distress tolerance. The skills learned in DBT are being applied widely, as they help in anyone’s goal for being more effective in relationships and life!
One Hour AT A Time
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Recovery, whether it is from substance abuse or a mental illness, or both requires a treatment plan, which in many cases is as effective as treatments for other chronic illnesses. “One Hour AT A Time” will increase awareness about recovery and decrease the discrimination against individuals in the recovery process. Host Mary Woods, will help people understand the recovery of adults and families living with co-occurring substance use disorders and psychotic and/or affective illness over the course of a lifetime. Helping individuals develop the skills and knowledge they need to take personal responsibility for their health and supporting individuals in their efforts to get on with life beyond illness has been Mary’s mission and she now brings that mission to the airwaves.
Mary is the CEO of WestBridge Community Services. She is also a Registered Nurse and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor with more than 25 years experience in substance abuse services and community mental health programs. Mary has conducted extensive workshops and trainings with a primary focus in Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change Theory and Integrated Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders. She is also a contributor to the development of the Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment Practitioners and Clinical Supervisors Workbook and Practice Demonstration Video. Mary was the Chairperson of the NH State Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professionals. She has been a member of the NH Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor’s Association since 1984, and has served as the Northeast Regional Vice President for the NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals, President of NAADAC and is currently past president of NAADAC.