Program Philosophy

The Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) program at The Institute of Living is a treatment designed specifically for people with borderline personality disorder. DBT is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy, and it includes mindfulness, validation, and acceptance as strategies to help make change possible.

The goal of treatment is to build a “life worth living".

Program Structure

Intensive Outpatient DBT is a three to four day per week program designed primarily for individuals in Stage One treatment. The program involves a minimum of three hours per day and focuses on safety, building connections in the community, and behavioral control.

The program encompasses a six week cycle that includes:
  • Skills training
  • Behavioral analysis
  • Behavioral rehearsal
  • Target-oriented case management
  • Telephone consultation
  • Medication management

Program Particulars

Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP)

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday - 8:45 AM to 12:00 noon

Information and Referrals

  • DBT Program: 860-545-7070
    - or -
    The Institute of Living Assessment Center: 860-545-7200 Option #3
    (toll free: 800-673-2411)