All Ages Evidence-Based Practices
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
 Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD. It was the first psychosocial skills training program developed specially for treating those with Borderline Personality Disorder. Clinical trials that have been ongoing since early 1990 consistently support its efficacy.

DBT is a structured treatment approach that includes group and individual counseling. Participants learn how to monitor and regulate their emotional reactions by using four core skills: Mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation and distress tolerance. Within each skill set there are a number of strategies an individual can implement to improve his/her relationships and emotional discomfort.

At KMHS we are currently using DBT skills training at the Youth Inpatient Unit and are running groups at our North Kitsap office and the main campus. We have expanded our offering to include the traditional intensive treatment approach and shorter-term workshops developed by Thomas Marra, Phd.

Co-Occurring Mental Health/Chemical Dependency Treatment
A majority of clients presenting for treatment at community mental health agencies suffer from both mental illness and substance use disorders (co-occurring disorders). To meet the recovery needs of these individuals, treatment services at KMHS are integrated so clients are better supported and develop skills for their recovery without having to navigate multiple systems of care. Integrated services are readily available and offer a consistent, individualized, and hopeful recovery message; use stagewise and motivational counseling; and provide services in one setting with a coordinated team of clinicians and medical providers who can offer hope and effective age-appropriate treatment interventions for both illnesses at the same time. Clients receiving integrated services are more likely to complete treatment and have better post-treatment outcomes according to research findings. Co-occurring disorder services at KMHS are welcoming, accessible, integrated, comprehensive, and continuous in conjunction with evidence based practices.
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