Knoxville, TN (PRWEB) March 26, 2013
Brookhaven Retreat is excited to announce that it will begin a staff dialectical behavior therapy skills group in March. In order to offer the highest quality of treatment for the women in its mental health and substance abuse program, Brookhaven Retreat has organized the 16-week training program and invited all staff to participate.
DBT, a type of cognitive behavioral therapy developed to treat borderline personality disorder, focuses on teaching mindfulness and coping skills that help women regulate emotional responses. It seeks to balance acceptance with change, and uses regulation and behavior modification skills to help women achieve emotional recovery.
Participating staff meets weekly, and each meeting mimics as closely as possible how an outpatient DBT skills group for clients would be conducted. One week will be spent on mindfulness skills before the group progresses to spend five weeks per topic on the other DBT skills of interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation and distress tolerance.
Different staff members co-lead the sessions with Brookhaven Retreat’s medical director, Dr. Wood, allowing each member to practice both as a leader and a learner. Leading the groups offers staff the chance to learn the skills in greater depth so that they can best be taught to colleagues.
Staff members are encouraged to practice skills between the weekly meetings by filling out diary cards, exactly as clients would do. This allows staff to better understand the struggles that may arise with doing homework, and will reinforce the importance of practicing skills, as it is difficult to learn a skill without practice.
All staff, both clinical and nonclinical, is encouraged to attend. Brookhaven Retreat believes that the more practiced each and every staff member is in DBT skills, the more help staff can be to the women recovering in its facility.
The program begins in March and is scheduled to end in July. Through these efforts, Brookhaven Retreat helps women suffering from mental illness learn the skills required to find healing and lead stable lives after recovery.
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.