Treatment Modalities & Philosophies

The staff at Harbor Point Behavioral Health Center uses a variety of evidence-based treatment models based on the needs of the individual resident. Some of the more successful treatment methods include:

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

The main goal of DBT is to teach the resident skills to cope with stress, regulate emotions and improve relationships with others. DBT emphasizes the value of a strong and equal relationship between resident and therapist. The therapist consistently reminds the resident when his or her behavior is unhealthy or disruptive—when boundaries are overstepped—and then teaches the skills needed to better deal with future similar situations. DBT involves both individual and group therapy. Individual sessions are used to teach new skills, while group sessions provide the opportunity to practice these skills.

Residents in DBT are asked to monitor their symptoms and use of learned skills daily, while their progress is tracked throughout therapy.

There are four main types of skills that are covered in DBT skills training. These are:

  • Core Mindfulness Skills
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills
  • Emotion Modulation Skills
  • Distress Tolerance Skills

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT)

A components-based treatment model, TFCBT incorporates trauma-sensitive interventions with cognitive behavioral principles. Residents and families learn new skills to help process thoughts and feelings resulting from traumatic life events. They also learn new ways of managing and resolving stress, as well as enhancing safety, growth, parenting skills and family communication.

Trauma-Sensitive Behavior Modification

When appropriate, the programs for females and males with intellectual/developmental disabilities will emphasize the impact of trauma on an individual’s behavior. Our staff will work with the resident to provide repetitive instruction, positive behavior substitution and diversion techniques to replace negative behavior.