Archive | March, 2011

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

25 Mar

Dialectical Behavior Therapy, also known as DBT, was developed and implemented by Marsha M. Linehan who is a well-known psychology researcher at the University of Washington.  DBT was targeted to treat persons with Pervasive Emotion Dysregulation.  DBT is a combination and use of standard cognitive behavioral techniques for emotion regulation and reality-testing with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful awareness.


On March 14, 2011, Alisha Simmons, Rehab Counselor at the Harford PRP, Keypoint Health Services had the opportunity to attend a presentation at Jewish Community Services, facilitated by Mrs. Pat Harvey, LCSW-C. During the presentation of DBT, Mrs. Harvey revealed some pertinent information regarding DBT such as:

* DBT is supportive. Skills trainers support people in their attempts to decrease problem behaviors, help people to acknowledge strengths and encourage them to use their positive abilities.

*DBT is behavioral: Problem behavior patterns are analyzed and replaced with more skillful behaviors.

*DBT is cognitive: The focus in DBT is on helping to change beliefs, expectations and assumptions that are no longer effectively helpful; change may occur in all or nothing, rigid and judgmental thinking.

*DBT is skill oriented: Structured skills training is designed to teach new skills and enhance capabilities.

*DBT balances acceptance and change: In DBT, there is a focus on helping consumers to increase their ability to accept and tolerate painful feelings, their current life situations and themselves.  There is a second, and equally important, focus on learning new skills and behaviors that will enhance life.

*DBT requires a collaborative relationship: In DBT it is important that people work together and function as a team to achieve goals.  It is essential that all team members work on their communication and collaboration to facilitate progress.

For more information on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, take some time to review Pat Harvey’s website, © Pat Harvey.

DBT Consortium

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St. Patrick’s Day Highlight at the Harford PRP!

21 Mar

For St. Patrick’s Day this year, consumers were surprised with a decorated community room and some tasty “green” snacks (cookies). Consumers also participated in a variety of activities in their TRIBE groups, which brought about more peer-to-peer socialization and a cheerful atmosphere!

Congratulations to the Winners of the Harford PRP Wii Bowling League!!!

7 Mar


Harford PRP, under the leadership of Liz Tutino, initiated a Wii Bowling League where consumers are able to socialize and participate in friendly competition and go head-to-head with other peers. Consumers were placed into teams of two persons each and each team had the opportunity to play on a weekly basis.  For the first quarter, there were three winners who were each presented with a trophy to honor them and celebrate their achievements.




Congratulations again to the winners for the first quarter!

Keep up the good work!