Evidence-Based Treatment Approaches
The staff at Harbor Point Behavioral Health Center utilizes a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities. The modalities used in a resident’s treatment plan are deteremined by based on their specific needs.
Read below for detailed descriptions of the treatment modalities we utilize in our programming.
DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOR THERAPY (DBT)
DBT aims to teach residents skills to cope with stress, regulate emotions and improve relationships. It emphasizes the value of an equal relationship between resident and therapist. The therapist reminds the resident when his or her behavior is unhealthy or disruptive (oversteps boundaries) and teaches how to better deal with future similar situations.
DBT involves individual and group therapy. Individual sessions are used to teach new skills, while group sessions provide the opportunity to practice these skills.
Residents participating 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:
- Core mindfulness skills
- Interpersonal effectiveness skills
- Emotion modulation skills
- Distress tolerance skills
TRAUMA-FOCUSED COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (TFCBT)
A component-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, programs for females and males with intellectual or 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.