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Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Midwest Center for Youth & Families’ short-term residential Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Treatment Program is designed to help youths, adolescents create a life worth living. Because each youth who enters our therapeutic residential program holds a unique set of strengths, needs, wants and desires, we understand that each resident’s definition of a “life worth living” will be just as unique as they are. To better meet these needs, our treatment plans are tailored to each individual who enters our program.

Our goal is to utilize our experience, knowledge and DBT treatment skills to help each of our residents identify who they are and where they want to be on their journey to recovery when they leave our facility.

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a fast-growing treatment method used to address a variety of mental health disorders. Patients who struggle with mental illness often live in the past or the future, which creates unhappiness in the present. DBT focuses on skills training as a therapeutic approach, with a focus on the following DBT skill sets:

  • Mindfulness. Patients learn to pay attention without being judgmental, and learn how to be fully present in the moment.
  • Emotion Regulation. Patients develop a variety of skills to reduce vulnerabilities, change negative emotions and become better problem solvers.
  • Distress Tolerance. Patients learn that dysfunctional behaviors are responses to emotional pain. They learn how to navigate through crisis and how to accept reality. They also learn this is not a cure, but rather a crisis survival technique.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness. Patients learn to identify their feelings and effectively ask for what they need, as well as how to say “no” and manage conflict while maintaining their self-respect.

Once these skills are learned, DBT-trained therapists help patients apply them in everyday life situations through practicing skills with feedback and positive reinforcement.

Why Does DBT Work?

DBT seeks to validate feelings and problems. It encourages acceptance by challenging patients to make productive changes in their lives. Studies have shown that DBT reduces the rate of self-injury and suicide attempts. It works because patients learn to manage their emotions and stress without resorting to self-defeating behaviors.

Why Choose Midwest Center for Youth and Families?

Every parent faced with finding residential treatment options for their child, adolescent or young adult is bombarded with treatment options. Midwest Center for Youth and Families’ unique, behavior-changing program that 95 percent of our residents’ parents say they would recommend to others. Here’s why.

Our DBT Immersion Program

  • Your loved one will be immersed in a DBT environment, which provides them an opportunity to learn, practice and observe DBT skills.
  • All of our staff — from our maintenance staff to our CEO — have been trained in DBT.
  • DBT has been proven to produce positive outcomes. The DBT treatment program has been empirically tested and proven to work.

Family-Focused Treatment

  • Our family-centered philosophy means that we provide therapy and education to assist families in understanding their child’s mental illness — and what they can do to help.
  • Families receive regular updates about their child’s progress throughout their treatment.
  • We provide DBT educational opportunities and resources for families to help them understand how DBT can work for their child.
  • We also offer consultations or assistance for out-of-town families who need to find local lodging for visitation or family therapy.

Staff and Facility Credentialing

  • Our facilities and residential DBT programs are accredited by The Joint Commission.
  • We are licensed by the state of Indiana Childcare Institution as a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility.
  • We hire dedicated, caring staff members to provide care and treatment for your child:
    • Board-certified psychiatrists
    • Licensed and registered nurses
    • Licensed and masters-level therapists
    • Skilled behavioral health care associates
    • State-licensed teachers

Referrals and Admissions

  • Our intake staff are highly skilled clinicians who take time to understand your family’s concerns determine if placement at our facility is appropriate for your child.
  • It is easy to make a referral to our residential DBT program by phone, fax or email.
  • Our experienced financial and utilization review staff will confirm insurance benefits and eligibility.

Take the First Step

Find out how Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) at Midwest Center for Youth and Families can help your child find hope and healing. Call 888-629-3471 for a no-cost, confidential assessment. If you or your loved one need immediate medical assistance, contact 911 or seek the nearest emergency room.