DBT at The Guidance Center--UPDATE!
From the Desk of:
Paulette Walker Guinn, MA, LPC, BHP
DBT Therapist and Trainer
It has been a while since I wrote my first letter about Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) at The Guidance Center. A lot of exciting things have happened that have kept me very busy, and I wanted to share with you the great success of our DBT Program.
During the summer of 2018, the Child & Family Services Team created a DBT program for teens using the DBT Skills Manual for Adolescents by Jill Rachers & Alex Mills, forward by Marsha Linehan.
The Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Program at TGC switched from the ACT Model, using DBT by Hayes, to a full DBT Model with great success. Clients were so motivated, many continued with outpatient DBT groups.
We also have a DBT-based “Musical Mindfulness” group.
When the first DBT therapy group was started at The Guidance Center, it primarily was attended by clients in our SMI department. Now we have established three weekly groups with clients attending from all departments across the clinic. There are over 30 regularly attending clients, plus many clients that have been in the program for years, dropping in for a few weeks to “brush up” on their skills.
Word has gotten out that TGC has a DBT Program (yes, I said Program). Private therapists, judges, and other community clinics are referring people to these groups. Thus, we now accept private pay clients, and single case agreements for DBT.
In 2018, one of our goals was to develop a complete DBT program here at TGC according to the guidelines and standards of Behavioral Tech, the institute that was developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan, founder of DBT. I was able to locate all my certificates of DBT training from the Intensive and Comprehensive programs, completed in 2003-04, to the individual weekend trainings I completed in the years following. I was a Level IV trainer. We established a consultation team and 16-hour Introduction to DBT trainings every two months, that all clinical staff are required to attend.
We applied for recognition by Behavioral Tech, and as a result of being approved, by the end of 2018 we became a certified DBT program; we are now listed on their website as a resource. TGC is one of only four such clinics in Arizona! Find us at: https://behavioraltech.org/resources/find-a-therapist/.
There is one other piece of good news (especially for me), TGC has agreed to sponsor Catalina Arango, in taking the 40-hour Foundational Training. This will make her a Level II trainer in DBT. The good news is that she can take over my role, keeping the program credentialed, so I can finally retire. I love teaching DBT to staff and clients alike. I love seeing the changes and growth in our clients, and I love being part of their lives as a clearer understanding of themselves and how to solve their own problems evolves.
Paulette Walk Guinn, MA, LPC, DBT Specialist
*The information contained in this blog posting is not intended to be used for legal or clinical guidance. The expressions viewed in this post are those of the author and may not represent The Guidance Center.
- Tags: Behavioral Health, Behavioral Tech, DBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Flagstaff Mental Health