Pilot Study of a Brief Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Group for Jail Inmates

About the Course:

Regulating emotions, refraining from impulsive maladaptive behavior, and communicating effectively are considered primary treatment needs among jail inmates. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT; Linehan, 1993a) skills address these deficits and have been implemented in long- term correctional settings, but have yet to be adapted for general population inmates in short-term jail settings. This study assessed the feasibility and acceptability of a DBT skills group in a jail setting, as well as its utility in improving coping skills and emotional/behavioral dysregulation.

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Kelly E. Moore

Department of Psychology, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Johanna B. Folk

Department of Psychology, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Emily A. Boren

Department of Psychology, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers who work in a jail setting or who are interested in DBT. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify the barriers to using DBT in a correcctoinal setting.

  2. Describe the modifictation of DBT to meet the logistical barriers and the inmate population.

  3. Extrapolate the data, apply and modify it to meet the specific needs of the facility and its population.

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Course Number: 102422
Credit Hours: 1cr
Exam Fee: $6.97
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