This community-based Dialectical Behavior Therapy program provides therapeutic support for up to four adolescent girls in an intensive, supportive, and therapeutic staffed home. DBT clients frequently have histories of severe emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges. Many have struggled in current or previous treatments when they arrive at the program. The program is well known and regarded for its quality of service and success in working with this specialized population.
At the DBT house, clients are taught to manage stress by learning the DBT skills modules of Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Clients and their families are supported by a team of caregivers and clinicians. The DBT house uses a normative environment; staff model appropriate behavior, clients and staff dine together, and clients have regular study time and skills groups to learn about, discuss, and practice healthy behaviors. DBT supportive counselors provide clients with opportunities to engage in social settings in the community to use and practice skills. It is the normative culture of the DBT house that clients are expected to participate in education studies and engage in all treatment. The rules and supports in the program are designed to help clients be successful in these expectations. DBT counselors provide an environment that reinforces acceptable behaviors, as well as coaching and education in DBT and life skills. The DBT team works closely with families to provide care for the youth, as well as support and education for families.
The DBT House is dedicated to providing treatment that is based on current knowledge of best practices and is individualized to provide a safe and effective therapeutic environment for each person that enters our program.
John Allen, Regional Director
Stephanie Pratt and Connie Simonds, Co House Managers
- Program Type: Community Based / Residential
- Service Types: Behavioral Health Services
- Gender: Female
- Capacity: 4
- Ages: 13-17 years old
- Length of Stay: 12-18 months
- Department of Mental Health (DMH)
- Department of Children and Families (DCF)