Virginia Tech and Behavioral Tech Partner to Better Serve Students in Distress with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

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The demands on college counseling centers to treat diagnostically complex students continue to increase, and counselors need new skills that are effective to address struggles that go beyond ordinary developmental challenges and life changes. Eager for compassionate and evidence-based treatments for students in serious distress, Virginia Tech reached out to Behavioral Tech to bring Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to the Virginia community.

The most compassionate thing a therapist can do is provide a treatment that research shows to be effective. I’m so pleased students at Virginia Tech and people in the community will benefit from therapists trained in DBT. - Dr. Marsha Linehan

The demands on college counseling centers to treat diagnostically complex students continue to increase, and counselors need new skills that are effective to address struggles that go beyond ordinary developmental challenges and life changes. Eager for compassionate and evidence-based treatments for students in serious distress, Virginia Tech reached out to Behavioral Tech to bring Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to the Virginia community.

Developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan of the University of Washington, DBT is the treatment shown by rigorous research to be effective at reducing interpersonal difficulties, psychiatric hospitalization, dropout from treatment, substance abuse, anger, and suicidal behaviors. And now, growing research suggests that comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy and DBT skills training is useful with college students.

Dr. Marsha Linehan says, “The most compassionate thing a therapist can do is provide a treatment that research shows to be effective. I’m so pleased that Virginia Tech is partnering with Behavioral Tech to train counselors and therapists to bring the benefits of DBT to students on their campus and people in the broader community.”

Virginia Tech Director Chris Flynn, Ph.D., says, “We’re very excited to partner with Behavioral Tech to bring DBT training to our community and help deepen the skills of our dedicated counselors to improve students’ well-being. The growing research about DBT’s application with college students inspires hope.”

The mission of the Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center at Virginia Tech is to enhance student wellbeing, learning, and retention by providing learning opportunities for students to improve self-understanding, to develop healthier relationships, to remove obstacles to academic success, and to grow to benefit our community and society at large. These learning opportunities are provided through individual, couples, and group psychotherapy, psychiatric care, educational programming, consultation, and outreach. As the provider of mental health services to the student population, the staff of the Cook Counseling Center is guided by the highest professional and ethical standards and is dedicated to excellence in their services. The Cook Counseling Center is committed to the development of our professions and provides training opportunities to graduate students, medical students, predoctoral interns, and postdoctoral fellows.

Behavioral Tech is the only organization exclusively authorized to utilize and disseminate Dr. Linehan’s materials for training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Due to this relationship with the treatment developer, Behavioral Tech always maintains and trains to the most current and highest standards.

Therapists interested in attending the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training in Christiansburg, VA, starting this January, should contact Behavioral Tech right away to secure space http://www.behavioraltech.com/training/intensive_details.cfm?eid=1492.

For more information about DBT and training opportunities with BTECH, visit http://www.behavioraltech.org.

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