Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Congregate Living
About the Session:
In the Supportive Living Apartments program, we offer a comprehensive DBT for complex individuals who chronically injure themselves, have multiple hospitalizations and frequently use emergency services. Through acknowledging the need to change behaviours and learning self-acceptance, recovery is possible. DBT treatment involves weekly group and individual sessions consisting of mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance. Individuals showed a significant reduction in the number and severity of self-inflicted injuries and emergency services. DBT tools, and a fascinating case study demonstrate the success of the program.
Nedrita Shemshedini is the Team Lead for the Supportive Living Apartments Program and a member of the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Consult team. Nedrita is passionate about providing accessible services to those in need in a timely fashion. She graduated from University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has been employed at CMHA Middlesex for over six years.
MJ Canario is the Manager of both Supportive Living Apartments and Housing First programs for CMHA Middlesex. She is a member of the Critical Incident and On Call teams, is an ASIST trainer, and volunteers for Victim Services Middlesex London. MJ has a Bachelor of Arts and a Professional Certificate in Leadership from Western.
Lessons from CMHA Ottawa’s DBT Consult Team
About the Session:
CMHA-Ottawa has developed an innovative Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) program; that recognizes the high complexity of clients’ mental health problems, while staying true to therapeutic principles. Every excellent program requires a strong foundation. For our DBT Program that begins with the DBT Consult Team. This Team is comprised of multi-disciplined DBT Clinicians (social workers, nurses, psychiatrists) from CMHA Ottawa and Community Partner agencies, who have received intensive DBT training. Developing a DBT Consult Team is consistent with best practices; and follows a protocol that is designed to both support the therapist and ensure that a DBT Program maintains fidelity to the model. CMHA Ottawa’s DBT Consult Team does this and subsequently develops and supports the DBT Program. In an interactive format, the presentation will demonstrate how the principles and purpose of a DBT Consult Team are applied at CMHA Ottawa.
CMHA Ottawa’s DBT Consult Team will be represented by:
Jennifer Nelson (Community Mental Health & Addictions Worker), and
Craig Defries (Community Mental Health & Addictions Worker),