I am not a nurse, but I work with people with mental illnesses (schizophrenia, depression, manic-depressive illness) and we do employ DBT skills in our program. Just last weekend actually, someone was decompensating, and she tried using her DBT skills, but said that her symptoms were just too strong. I think they work well for most people though when their symptoms aren't competly overwhelming.
Thanks, this is interesting. I am an Psych RN in USA and had not heard of this. I plan to ask about this at work on Monday.
May 15, '04
I work in acute adult directorate in Britain, not qualified in using DBT but we offer a day programme for borderline pds using DBT. The therapists who offer this are piloting clinical supervision for staff re bpd patients. I find it quite helpful, but the staff group seem to be responding as bpds would. There's more transference and projection than you could shake a stick at.