Dr. Tony DuBose Visits Brookhaven Retreat on April 10, 2013

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Brookhaven Retreat, a unique residential treatment facility exclusively for women with mental health and/or substance abuse issues, hosted Tony DuBose, Psy.D., as part of the next stage of its ongoing DBT® implementation.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy at Brookhaven Retreat

Dialectical Behavior Therapy at Brookhaven Retreat

Dr. Tony DuBose, Director of Training at Behavioral Tech, LLC., visited Brookhaven Retreat on April 10, 2013. Dr. DuBose toured Brookhaven Retreat in order to assist the residential treatment facility with planning the next phase of its Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) training efforts.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy was originally developed to help persons with suicidal or self-harm behaviors; now DBT is considered the treatment of choice for Borderline Personality Disorder, and research supports its use with persons who have other complex mental health issues.

In September 2012, Brookhaven Retreat completed a three-day strategic planning workshop with Behavioral Tech. Offered to all staff, the seminar provided additional skills training and strategic planning for refining the implementation of DBT in Brookhaven Retreat’s unique treatment setting. Once fully implemented, Brookhaven Retreat’s DBT program will help women meet their goals through the use of core DBT skills related to mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness.

Dr. DuBose, a recognized expert in DBT, spent the day touring Brookhaven Retreat’s program to determine what the next phase of its DBT training program will look like. He met with Jacqueline Dawes, owner and founder of Brookhaven Retreat, to begin planning a one-year implementation process that will ensure all staff have the necessary skills required to move onward with training.

As part of this one-year initial training program, Brookhaven Retreat and Behavioral Tech will work together to implement separate training programs for clinical care and direct care staff. Clinical staff will receive the training necessary to implement the five functions of a comprehensive DBT program, while direct care staff will be trained to meet those functions relevant to individual roles.

This visit is part of Brookhaven Retreat’s ongoing efforts to provide the very best quality of care for women with mental health and substance abuse issues. This training will ultimately ensure that all women who come to Brookhaven Retreat learn the fundamental skills taught in DBT, strengthen those skills in therapy, and master them upon discharge for successful, lifelong mental health.

About Brookhaven Retreat
Brookhaven Retreat is a women's treatment center nestled on a naturally beautiful 48-acre site secluded in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. It has helped hundreds of women across the United States overcome depression, trauma, anxiety, substance use and a range of other behavioral health challenges. Brookhaven’s Founder, Jacqueline Dawes, has predicated its gender-specific treatment on “healing emotional breakage” for women. In this way, she has established a sanctuary and a place where women can feel safe, secure and cared for by a staff of highly trained professionals.

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