CAMH's Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Clinic offers group treatment in dialectical behaviour therapy to help people who have BPD make positive changes in their lives. Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioural therapy. It is used to treat a range of behaviour problems. DBT draws on Western cognitive behaviour techniques and Eastern Zen philosophies. It teaches clients how to:
•Become more aware of their thoughts and actions
•Manage their emotions
•Improve their relationships with other people.
We continue to try to improve our access to BPD treatment services. Intake occurs on pre-scheduled days, which we publicize on this page. Individuals are asked to check the website at the beginning of each month for any updates on the dates of our next intake. We continue to try to improve the telephone system and ask for your patience in trying to get through to us on an intake day. We know that it can be frustrating to try to reach us, as we receive a high volume of calls.
The clinic is currently offering 24-week skills groups (two hours, once weekly). To be eligible for this treatment, you must have a therapist in the community who you are seeing at a minimum every few weeks, who agrees to provide support to you during the group treatment. Individuals first attend an assessment meeting to confirm the group treatment will be helpful for their individual needs.
What is the DBT Skills Group?
The skills group is like taking a course in school. Every week you will start by reviewing homework from the last week, and then you will learn about new skills. Four main modules will be taught:
Mindfulness: how to focus your attention on the present moment
Interpersonal Effectiveness: how to get what you want from people in a way that makes them want to give it to you
Distress Tolerance: how to survive crises and get through really painful moments, without making them worse
Emotion Regulation: how to get more control over your emotions, and how to get more positive and less negative emotions in your life.
Psycho-Educational Support Group for Family and Friends of People with BPD