Modified Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program Applied Within a Time-Limited Corrections Setting
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Graduate School of Professional Psychology
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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy; Assessment; Treatment Manual; DBT; Skills Training; Inmates; Incarcerated populations; Mental Health; Program Development; Corrections Setting
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an empirically supported therapy developed to treat individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder that has sustained efficacy following completion of the treatment (Linehan, 1993; Van Den Bosch et al., 2005). The core concepts of DBT include mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation, and distress tolerance, which seek to foster more functional ways of interacting with others, coping with distress, and managing difficult emotions. Using a standard DBT format in a corrections setting can be difficult due to the population's multifaceted composition. The Denver County Jail is a unique corrections setting because it contains a unit specifically developed for male inmates with mental health issues. A corrections modified, time-limited DBT curriculum was developed to fit the needs of this unique population. During the course of the group, staff appeared to be accepting of the group material and initial feedback from inmates and officers was positive.
Rhoda, Jennifer, "Modified Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program Applied Within a Time-Limited Corrections Setting" (2013). Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 81.