Leading National Behavioral Healthcare Provider

Call 1-800-345-1292

  • Recreational Therapy Month
  • Devereux News
  • Who we help
  • Careers at Devereux
  • Inspirational messages of Hope banner

Tweet Share on LinkedIn Send email Print

Devereux begins training clinicians, leadership in dialectical behavior therapy  

As part of its ongoing commitment to providing innovative and evidence-based, trauma-focused care to youth and adults with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health recently began training clinical staff in the organization’s residential treatment settings in dialectical behavior therapy.

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), a form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), is designed to help individuals manage their emotions and behaviors more effectively. DBT focuses on teaching skills in four key areas, including mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness.

A total of 35 Devereux clinicians across the country are currently undergoing intensive DBT training, which includes participating in three multi-day training sessions. In addition, each center’s clinical team will meet once a month for 12 months with an assigned DBT trainer from the Treatment Implementation Collaborative to help support implementation.

“DBT has proven to be a highly effective form of treatment for individuals with emotional and behavioral disorders,” said Devereux Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical/Medical Officer Yolanda Graham, M.D. “While understanding the thoughts that drive behaviors is a critical component of therapy, helping our youth and adults regulate and manage their emotions and behaviors, through DBT, is essential for them to thrive in their homes or community-based settings, once they leave residential treatment.”

Devereux leaders learn DBT skills

In April, during Devereux’s President’s Executive Council meeting, Treatment Implementation Collaborative (TIC) representatives provided an overview of DBT to Devereux’s leadership team, along with tools and information on how to best support a successful DBT implementation.

“Devereux is committed to achieving the highest level of excellence with DBT implementation, and our leadership team was excited to learn more about this evidence-based treatment and its many benefits,” Graham shared. “During the training session, our leaders had the opportunity to experience and practice key DBT skills. In addition, since mindfulness – or being present in the moment – is a core practice of DBT, leaders worked on three mindfulness techniques,  and learned how mindfulness and other DBT skills can not only benefit the individuals we serve, but our staff as well, which can result in decreased burnout and increased job satisfaction.”

Implementing DBT across Devereux

Prior to the current implementation, Devereux Pennsylvania Children’s Behavioral Health Services (CBHS) had been offering DBT in its outpatient services, and Devereux Massachusetts was providing this form of therapy in its residential program. Now, Devereux is taking a national approach to standardization and implementation of DBT training to ensure fidelity. Note: Fidelity of implementation occurs when instructors deliver training curriculum in the exact same way it was designed to be used and delivered.  

What this means: All 35 clinicians at Devereux will receive the necessary supports to become individually certified as DBT therapists. Once that certification process is complete, the nonprofit will work to certify its centers, which will require a multi-day assessment by Behavioral Tech, the developer of DBT.

Devereux also plans to provide DBT training to its direct support professionals (DSPs). DSPs will participate as members of their center’s consultation teams, and will be taught how to effectively coach youth and adults in using their DBT skills on a daily basis.

“The entire process is expected to take up to two years to complete,” Graham explained. “When it is all said and done, our staff will be able to help those in our care reduce any self-destructive behaviors they may have – and put them on a path to achieving healthy, productive and more fulfilling lives.”

 

Latest News

Recreational Therapy Month   Recreational Therapy Month: Enriching the lives of youth, adults with disabilities

February is Recreational Therapy Month. Learn how Devereux is using recreational activities and programs to help those living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences acquire new skills, boost their self-confidence and improve their quality of life.

Operation Santa   Community supporters make holiday season special for Devereux Pennsylvania youth

The holidays are over, but the memories remain of a special season filled with joy and gratitude for youth served by Devereux Pennsylvania. Through Devereux Pennsylvania Children’s Services’ “Operation Santa” program, community supporters, as well as center staff and their families, donated hundreds of toys to help fulfill the holiday wish lists - and more - of approximately 300 children and adolescents living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences.

Family smiling   Devereux article on engaging families in behavioral health treatment featured in Behavioral Health News

An article written by Devereux National Director of Behavioral Health Services Crystal Taylor-Dietz, Psy.D., and Devereux National Director of Family Engagement Amy Kelly, MBA, MNM, was recently featured in Behavioral Health News. The article - “The integral role of families in promoting mental health and managing mental illness” - discusses the importance of family engagement in behavioral health treatment.

personal experiences   Adults share personal experiences on services through Devereux New Jersey’s Advisory Board

Adults who receive services through Devereux New Jersey - who also sit on the center’s Advisory Board for individuals served - have an opportunity to make their voices heard and share their personal experiences on the services they receive.

Autism Spectrum News   Autism Spectrum News features Devereux article on supporting individuals with disabilities in becoming self-advocates

An article written by Devereux team members on supporting teens and adults with disabilities in becoming self-advocates was recently featured in Autism Spectrum News. The article includes interviews with three individuals who are enrolled in Devereux Pennsylvania’s Community Adult Autism Partnership Program as they offer tips on how to ensure your voice is heard.

Nacole   Devereux New Jersey Direct Support Professional/Lead Staff Nacole Moore

Devereux New Jersey Direct Support Professional/Lead Staff Nacole Moore leads by example and is always ready and willing to lend a helping hand. Learn how she is inspiring all those around her.

Tammy Maguire   Celebrating Devereux’s Healthcare Heroes: Spotlight on Devereux Arizona Nursing Manager Tammy Maguire

At Devereux, our employees are at the heart of everything we do - and are key to our success. Learn how Devereux Arizona Nursing Manager Tammy Maguire is serving and inspiring others every day.

Autism Spectrum News   Devereux article on advocating for those who are nonspeaking or minimally verbal featured in Autism Spectrum News

Read this Autism Spectrum News article written by Devereux National Director of Family Engagement Amy Kelly, MBA, MNM, as she offers suggestions on how to advocate for those who are nonspeaking or limited in their verbal communication.

seeds of learning   Planting seeds of learning: Devereux California’s greenhouse program helps adults grow job, life skills

Adults who participate in Devereux California’s greenhouse vocational program are gaining more than a green thumb, they are cultivating critical job and life skills to help them increase their independence and enhance their overall quality of life.


More Stories