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Dialectical behavioral therapy informed treatment with Deaf mental health consumers: an Australian pilot program

Davidson, F., Cave, M., Reedman, R., Briffa, D., Dark, F.,

Academic Literature

2012

This paper outlines the process of implementation of a dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) informed treatment for Australian Deaf mental health consumers.

The pilot project team members adapted DBT materials for the Australian Deaf population. Feedback was obtained from the pilot participants.

The DBT informed therapy approach was well received by this target group, with the observation and self report of improved interpersonal skills and emotional regulation.While labor intensive, the process of developing a DBT informed treatment program for Australian Deaf mental health consumers appears to be beneficial for this group. Culturally valid, objective measures of skill attainment need to be developed and further studies comparing different adapted therapeutic approaches would be useful.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Australasian Psychiatry

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Health and wellbeing

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