DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOR THERAPY

DBT or Dialectical Behavior Therapy, first developed by Marsha Linehan, is a staple therapy modality provided at Kolob Canyon. DBT was originally developed for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, but has since been found to be extremely effective in skill building for a variety of clinical issues.  Girls struggling with emotional dysregulation, depression, anxiety, as well as many other challenges, can quickly learn and develop life skills to help balance the logic and emotion in any situation.  Because of the effectiveness of DBT, Kolob Canyon is a DBT infused program.  As she progresses through the levels at Kolob Canyon, a girl will first learn DBT skills and then how to apply them into her everyday life. Parents will also learn DBT skills while their daughter is learning them.  DBT skills are taught in group therapy session, as well as practiced in individual and family therapy.  Each of our monthly Adventure Therapy 3-day trips has a DBT skill as it's theme.  This skill is then learned and practiced throughout the trip.  

Both therapists AND program staff are thoroughly trained and practiced in DBT skills.  We believe the DBT assumption that everyone is doing their best AND we can all do better.  This fits perfectly into the philosophy of acceptance and growth at Kolob Canyon RTC.