Dialectical Behavior Therapy was created by Marsha Linehan, an American psychologist and professor of psychology at University of Washington. The following information comes from Marsha’s website, Behavioral Tech:
In DBT, the “D” stands for dialectical. “Dialetics” is a complex concept that has its roots in philosophy and science….[It] involves several assumptions about the nature of reality: 1) everything is connected to everything else; 2) change is constant and inevitable; and 3) opposites can be integrated to form a closer approximation to the truth (which is always evolving). In DBT, dialectical strategies help both the therapist and the client get unstuck from extreme positions. The “B” stands for behavioral. DBT requires a behavioral approach. This means that we assess the situations and target behaviors that are relevant to our clients’ goals in order to figure out how to solve the problems in their lives (Behavioral Tech, 2021).
Dragonfly’s DBT Skills Group is a rolling admission group that addresses the 4 skills of DBT: Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Mindfulness is reviewed/taught at the beginning of each module. Modules vary in length depending on the curriculum content from 5-8 weeks. Curriculum is based on Marsha Linehan’s DBT Skills Training Manual.