Leading National Behavioral Healthcare Provider

Call 1-800-345-1292

  • #GivingTuesdayNow
  • PPE for Devereux
  • COVID-19
  • Inspirational messages of Hope banner
  • COVID-19
  • May Awareness Month

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

Matilda Jane Clothing   Matilda Jane Clothing donates more than 5,000 face masks to Devereux’s essential staff

Matilda Jane Clothing is showing support for Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s front-line staff by donating colorful and beautifully-crafted face masks. The Indiana-based clothing company recently donated 5,000 fabric face masks to the nonprofit to help team members stay safe and healthy.

Yvette Jackson   Yvette Jackson discusses Devereux Arizona’s programs and services on Hubbard Radio’s Valley Focus show

Listen as Devereux Arizona Executive Director Yvette Jackson, LMSW, DBH, discusses the center’s programs and services on Hubbard Radio’s Valley Focus show. Jackson shares valuable information about Devereux Arizona’s therapeutic foster care program and outpatient services, and explains how the organization is supporting individuals and families during COVID-19.

Facebook   Like, follow and share Devereux’s new national Facebook page

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s Facebook Careers Page has transitioned into our new national Facebook page. In addition to accessing the latest Devereux career opportunities, followers will learn more about what’s happening across all of our centers, programs and services.

Checkmate Robotics #12961   Georgia robotics team creates 3-D printed face shields for Devereux’s front-line staff

Students from a Georgia robotics team, Checkmate Robotics #12961, are leading by example, and using their 3-D printing skills to create face shields for Devereux’s front-line staff.

Yolanda Graham   Article features Dr. Yolanda Graham: “Talking to individuals with autism about COVID-19”

For families and caregivers of children, adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the COVID-19 pandemic brings new challenges, such as confusion and disruptions to daily routines and schedules. Read this Autism Spectrum News article featuring Devereux Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical/Medical Officer Yolanda Graham, M.D., as she offers tips for talking to individuals with ASD about COVID-19.

HRC   Human Rights Campaign donates more than 7,000 face masks to Devereux

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) donated more than 7,000 face masks to Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health to help protect the individuals in its care, along with its outstanding and dedicated team members, as part of the “HRC Gives Back” campaign.

Healthcare Heroes   Devereux honors nurses and teachers during observances in May

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is paying tribute to the selfless and inspiring nurses and teachers who continue to provide the best possible care and support for children, adolescents and adults through the COVID-19 pandemic - and all year long.

Amy Kelly   Podcast: Devereux’s Amy Kelly shares tips for helping families with special needs cope during a pandemic

For many families, maintaining a regular schedule during school closures and social distancing can be challenging, especially if you are caring for a child or adult with emotional, behavioral or cognitive differences. Listen as Devereux National Director of Family Engagement Amy Kelly, MBA, MNM, who is a mother of three teenage children (one with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities), shares tips to help parents and caregivers cope with a pandemic on WXPN’s Kathy Chats podcast.

Erin Clemens   Erin Clemens shares her journey with autism on the My Autism Tribe podcast

Listen as Erin Clemens, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome when she was 15 and receives services through Devereux Pennsylvania, shares her journey with autism on the My Autism Tribe podcast.

Devereux Center for Effective Schools   Devereux Center for Effective Schools releases free, online training modules for educators

With schools across the U.S. shifting to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Devereux Center for Effective Schools (CES) recently developed a series of free, online training modules to help educators successfully adapt to this new reality and engage students through remote instruction.

Rayni Brindley, M.Ed., BCBA   Devereux’s Rayni Brindley writes letter to fellow parents of children with special needs

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Senior Vice President of Organizational Development Rayni Brindley, M.Ed., BCBA, whose 7-year-old son has autism, recently wrote a letter to fellow parents of children with special needs, offering tips to stay safe, healthy - and calm - during COVID-19.

Rainbow   Devereux New York spreads joy and hope through rainbow initiative

Children, adolescents and adults at Devereux New York are bringing bright colors - and smiles - to the Red Hook, N.Y., community, and across the Hudson Valley, to lift spirits amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


More Stories