Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Studies

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a highly structured treatment approach focusing on emotional regulation and behavioral self-control. Research suggests that it is a good treatment for a variety of mental health problems. The materials used in the therapy groups are written at a level that is inaccessible to the average deaf consumer. We are modifying this workbook to make it accessible and then will conduct research studies to determine it's efficacy. This is a 3-part study which will make materials for average language skilled groups, those with limited language, and those with comorbid psychiatric and substance abuse problems. This study will take place in Rochester, NY and several other sites around the country to increase the subject pool. The adapted materials for use with these three populations will be produced and disseminated throughout the course of this five year project.

The following comment is from Dr. Linda Dimeff, chief scientific officer for Behavioral Tech Research, the organization that oversees DBT training and research nationally.  She is working with “Deaf DBT Team” of seven clinicians from around the country who are collaboration on this NIDRR project.

“I wanted to take a moment to personally commend you for the truly amazing work that you are doing at URMC!  The progress the Deaf Wellness Team made during the course of the six-month DBT Intensive Training in Rochester was incredible.  (And what a remarkably talented, capable, and inspiring team of individuals so committed to serving the needs of the deaf community).  What was particularly notable to me was the sheer amount of work required to translate DBT concepts (already complex) into sign language in such a way that fully preserves the original DBT concept, as well as creating other visual materials for deaf consumers who are not literate (for purposes of administering different research measures as well as translating the skills training text).  There wasn't a person at the DBT [training] intensive that wasn't blown away by the sheer complexity of the task before you as you translate DBT for use with the deaf community, or by commitment of the team to improving the lives of those they serve.  If there is anything I can do to be of assistance to you or your colleagues in the coming years, I would be incredibly honored to assist. Bravo to [your] team…for the inspiring and complex work that you all do.”

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