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Adapting Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Use in Correctional Settings

  • Michele GaliettaEmail author
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Abstract

Correctional environments often struggle to provide adequate treatment for mentally ill individuals in their care. In particular, individuals who present with personality disorders, chronic suicidality, intentional self-harm, and violence create significant challenges for administrators and care providers. Individuals with high-risk behaviors are difficult and costly to manage. Moreover, systems to ensure the safety of such individuals, in the absence of effective treatment, may inadvertently increase their behavioral problems. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an empirically supported treatment that has been adapted for correctional settings. DBT is consistent with risk-needs-responsivity, good lives, and trauma-informed correctional care models. This chapter will provide a thorough overview of DBT along with a description of correctional adaptations of DBT. The current research base for DBT in corrections will be reviewed. A rationale for using DBT in corrections will be presented, along with pragmatic suggestions for successful implementation of DBT in such settings.

Keywords

Adaptation Corrections DBT Self-harm 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.John Jay College of Criminal JusticeNew YorkUSA

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