Cayuga Centers institutes DBT

Jan 15, 2016

The Cayuga Centers out-of-home care clinical staff has been developing its capacity to provide Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for youth in our residential and treatment family foster care (TFFC) programs. The team attended part one of an intensive training in August of 2015. Following this session, our staff has been consolidating and applying initial learnings as they began integration of DBT into existing Trauma Systems Therapy. They have been running DBT Groups, as well as participating in a weekly meeting as a consult group.  Staff members are participating this week in part two of the training program, which includes a presentation of the agency’s early implementation of the program and expert consultation, including protocols and adaptations. Staff members traveled to New York City’s Columbia College for this training, presented by Behavioral Tech.

According to DBT Developer and Behavioral Tech founder Dr. Marsha Linehan, “Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and it is now recognized as the gold standard psychological treatment for this population.”


Participating from Cayuga Centers are (l to r) Barbara Thibodeau, Clinician for CNY TFFC; Residential Clinicians Jennifer Anthony, Alexandra Paul  and Kali Carpenter;  Kari Smith, CNY TFFC Program Director, and Laura Manley, Director of Clinical Services.


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