New Roads Behavioral Health

New Roads Behavioral Health has once again committed to send its newest clinicians to Intensive Dialectical Behavioral Health (DBT) training this January at the DBT Institute of Portland. Five years ago, New Roads made the decision to provide comprehensive instruction in a variety of areas (including DBT) for its clinical staff members. Primarily this strategy aimed to increase competence and confidence in the clinicians. Particularly, DBT provided proficiencies and structure for therapists, which (according to a myriad of research studies) are applicable to a variety of populations, including those struggling with Substance Use Disorder. Ultimately, the instruction, with follow-up concentrated education, created an incredibly proficient clinical team, who could effectively treat those who battle with even the most disruptive Dysregulation.

DBT, which was originally designed to treat patients with Borderline Personality Disorder and suicidal ideations, offers services in five areas: Skills Development, Individual Therapy, Telephone Consultation, Ancillary Treatment and Consultation Team. Any agency that provides all five, like New Roads, is considered to meet the ‘Gold Standard’ of DBT. The skills development provides a series of skills to the client in four areas: Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance.

The combination of these skills, individual therapy, and consultation helps previously hopeless clients build ‘lives worth living.’

In order to achieve this lofty goal, New Roads partnered with The DBT Institute of Portland, whose staff members will conduct the first of the two-week training in January.

Linda Dimeff, PhD, helms the Institute. Dr. Dimeff served as one of Dr. Marsha Linehan’s closest trainees and eventual colleagues.

During that time, Dimeff authored and co-authored multiple academic papers regarding the various applications of DBT. She rose to notoriety as a national expert in DBT.

Since helping form the DBT Institute of Portland, Dimeff has devoted herself to instructing clinicians in the art and science of DBT.

The Institute conducts Intensive DBT training annually, along with other DBT preparation opportunities.

Linehan, with whom Dimeff trained, founded DBT more than 40 years ago to address the absence of an effective treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder.

She conceptualized DBT as an effective mix of Eastern philosophy and Western psychology. Notably, Linehan later divulged publicly that she, herself, struggled with BPD and found relief by applying the skills of DBT.

New Roads has enjoyed the partnership with the DBT Institute of Portland for almost five years. As mentioned, this strong association continues to flourish, ever enhancing the clinical team at New Roads.


New Roads Behavioral Health’s family of treatment programs are based upon a holistic, community-focused treatment approach, with a foundation in research and results.

New Roads has residential treatment, transitional living and outpatient options for their clients.

There are three distinct and completely separate programs within the residential and transitional living: Pathways to Healing (PATH), Women’s Road to Healing (Worth), and New Roads to Healing (NoRTH). PATH is a dual-diagnosis treatment program for young men between the ages of 18-28 struggling with substance abuse and mental health concerns.

WoRTH is a program designed specifically for young women that focuses on both substance abuse and mental health disorders (including borderline personality disorder) with a strong emphasis on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). NoRTH is designed to assist clients with severe mental health disorders in achieving independence by teaching them how to successfully live a life with their diagnoses.

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