HPCA offers a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Program credentialed by Minnesota’s State Department of Human Services. Click here to view these credentialed programs. Our Program adheres to the DBT Program requirements established by it’s developer, Dr. Marsha Linehan : one 2-hour, weekly Skills Training Class; weekly Individual DBT therapy; the use of Behavior Chain Analyses and Coaching Calls as well as a weekly, 100-minute Case Consultation for the DBT Therapists.
What is DBT?
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based mental health treatment method designed to treat persons struggling with emotional and psychological issues that lead to ineffective behavioral responses. Persons experiencing relationship struggles, various mood disorders, suicidal ideation, substance use disorders or urges to engage in self-harm have benefitted greatly from DBT which combines cognitive-behavioral techniques with concepts of mindfulness, distress tolerance and acceptance. DBT is the first therapy that has been experimentally demonstrated to be effective for treating persons diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). DBT has also been found to be effective in treating persons with symptoms and behaviors associated with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, PTSD and various mood disorders.
Adult DBT (8-10 adults)
Monday 5:00 – 7:00 pm (starting mid April, 2019)
Facilitated by Glenda Janzen, MSW, LICSW. Contact Glenda directly for information about this Skills Training Group or to schedule an intake/assessment.
Women only. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information about this Skills Training Group or to schedule an intake/assessment.
Wednesday 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Friday 10:00am-12:00 pm
Emerging Adult DBT (8-10 Emerging Adults)
Tuesday 3:00 pm-5:00 pm
Adolescent Family DBT (with a parent/guardian)
Glenda Janzen, MSW, LICSW and Andrea Robertson, MSW, LICSW are leading this group. Contact Glenda to find out more about this program or to schedule an intake/assessment for the Adolescent Family DBT Skills Training Program.
We provide DBT services under contract with Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Partners, Preferred One, Medica, Health Partners/Cigna, UCare, Medical Assistance and various other insurances. You may want to contact your insurance carrier to determine is Highland Park Counseling Associates, LLC is in your insurance network and if DBT services will be covered by your policy. Our billing specialist can help access this information as well.
How we run our DBT Program
Skills Training Classes
We offer the traditional DBT skill group structure, meeting weekly for two hours, teaching skills, encouraging group member’s to track and report their skill use and observations about their Target Behaviors. We encourage the regular use of Diary Cards, skill commitments and the development of a mindfulness practice. In order to best facilitate learning and manage the limited time we have in our Skills Group, we limit process-based discussions and refer those issues to the member’s individual therapy.
Coaching Calls are a unique part of certified DBT programs. We offer in between session contact or “coaching” to all of our DBT group members. Each DBT participant is encouraged to reach out for help when experiencing urges to engage in their Target Behaviors a way to interrupt their pattern of responding that has been identified as ineffective. DBT participants have access to Coaching Calls 24/7. The members of our DBT Case Consultation Team rotate being available 8pm to 8am Monday through Friday and weekends for Coaching Calls. DBT participants will be fully oriented to the details of Coaching Calls as they enter our DBT program. This service is only available to our active DBT clients in Individual DBT Therapy and Skills Training Groups.
All of HPCA’s Individual DBT Therapists provide individual DBT therapy focused on identified Target Behaviors, secondary behaviors and details gleaned through Behavior Chain Analyses. We assist clients in identifying their specific Target Behaviors based on a hierarchy and personalize the Diary Card to track them as a way to interrupt the pattern and introduce more effective responses (e.g. chemical use, overspending, giving up, fighting, etc.).
We use the curriculum developed by Alex Miller. One or both parents attend with the adolescents. We can currently treat 7-9 adolescents and their parents at a time. Ruth Spiegel, Glenda Janzen, Andrea Robertson and Shelley Berven treat adolescents who are participating in our Adolescent DBT program.
Consultation and Up-to-date training
HPCA’s DBT team conducts formal Case Consultation meetings weekly. We are able to consult with others who provide DBT services as well. Our therapists regularly participate in DBT training with the Behavior Tech group based in Seattle, Washington. All therapists are DBT Intensively trained. Our program is in the process of applying for the updated National DBT Certification.