DBT 'teaches people core life skills'
DIALECTICAL Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a multi-faceted approach to the issue of self-harm and suicide.
It evolved from an early US behaviour therapy approach which found that the majority of patients at risk of self-harm reacted badly to criticism, even self-criticism, over the need for change in their lives.
Instead, while DBT does involve a patient assessing their life for change, it also helps them address issues such as self-worth, problem identification and coping mechanisms for life.
Unlike other treatment programmes, DBT also identified the importance of involving a patient's family in the recovery process.
University of Washington's Prof Marsha Linehan, who helped develop DBT, said: "It basically helps teach people core life skills – how to cope with their problems. The core of it really is teaching 'mindfulness' skills."