DBT training clinic

Dr. King supervises a training clinic in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT1, 2, 3) for a nearby federal court reentry program, as part of suite of services offered by the court for formerly incarcerated persons under its jurisdiction.

The theory- and evidence-informed4, 5, 6, 7 telepsychology8, 9, 10, 11 DBT program was developed specifically for individuals undergoing reentry to the community from prison.12, 13, 14 The program consists of remote intake and final assessment sessions and 12 remote sessions of individual DBT skills training.15, 16, 17, 18, 19 The program also involves population-specific diary cards,20, 21 a tailored client skill training manual with skills practice homework and as-needed phone coaching,22, 23, 24 and regular consultation team meetings.25, 26 In addition, the program incorporates activities in line with the spirit of quality improvement, and eventual program evaluation work is anticipated.27, 28

Distinctions of the program from traditional full-model DBT include justice context-specific case formulation concepts and case management policies, the absence of group skills training, and the program's relatively brief nature.

PhD students in clinical psychology at MSU serve as student therapists and MA students serve as program administrative staff. Student therapists and staff (and Dr. King) practice the skills they preach,29 to increase their prowess at teaching skills, working with clients, functioning as a team, and caring for themselves.

Contact Dr. King if interested in learning more about this program.