Behavioral Health Services

Porter Adventist Hospital

Porter Adventist Hospital Behavioral Health Services
2465 S Downing St
Denver, Colorado 80210

Behavioral Health Services

Porter Adventist Hospital

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Outpatient Program

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Outpatient Program (DBT-IOP) at Porter Adventist Hospital’s outpatient Center is designed for adults 19 and older, who are stepping down from an acute hospitalization or as a step up to a higher level of care from outpatient providers. The DBT-IOP addresses the needs of participants who would benefit from a skills-based and highly structured group. DBT is most effective with clients who have not responded well to traditional outpatient therapy.

Dialectical behavior therapy intensive outpatient program (DBT IOP) is a treatment program that uses a combination of individualized rehabilitative and psychotherapeutic interventions. A DBT IOP involves weekly individual therapy, weekly group skills training, telephone coaching as needed and weekly consultation team meetings.

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  • What is DBT?

    DBT is based on Marsha Linehan’s biosocial theory of personality functioning in which these behavioral, emotional and thinking patterns (based on her work with Borderline Personality Disorders) are seen as stemming from a core problem with emotion regulation. According to this theory, the inability to regulate ones’ emotions is the result of both a biologically-based emotional sensitivity and a pervasively invalidating environment. From this perspective, self-harming behaviors function as maladaptive attempts at problem solving, where the primary problem to be solved is unbearable emotional distress.

  • What skills are taught?

    • Increasing presence and self-awareness across situations.
    • Distress Tolerance: Learning how to survive a difficult situation without making it worse.
    • Emotional Regulation: Teaching skills that help client understand and experience their feelings in a less overwhelming way.
    • Interpersonal Effectiveness: Helping client strengthen both personal and professional relationships and gain insight into their relational patterns and set healthy boundaries.
  • Who benefits from DBT?

    • Individuals who continue to experience high levels of chaos, emotional turmoil, or crisis situations which result in frequent hospitalizations or emergency room visits.
    • Individual who are self-harming and/or have chronic suicidal ideation.
    • Individuals with multiple, complex psychiatric disorders.
  • Program Schedule

    Clients are expected to attend group every week for six (6) weeks.

    Monday: 5:45 pm - 8:45 pm
    Wednesday: 5:45 pm - 8:45 pm
    Thursday: 5:45 pm - 8:45pm

  • Our Expert Clinical Team

    The DBT Team consists of Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) and/or Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC). Each clinician has completed the Foundational Training Course in DBT through Behavioral Tech, LLC or DBTNCAA.

  • Referrals

    The basic criteria for admission to this program include:

    • Pervasive Emotion Dysregulation
    • Moderate to Extreme Struggles with Interpersonal Relationships
    • Extremely Low Frustration Tolerance
    • Possess very Few Effective Coping Skills
    • Tend to act in a Passive Aggressive or Aggressive Fashion Daily
    • Recent History of Self-Harm
    • History of In-Patient Behavioral Health Stays 


    • Transportation to and from DBT-IOP
    • Safe and stable housing to allow functioning in an outpatient setting 
    • Take medication as prescribed (If applicable)
    • Abstain from alcohol/drugs
    • Cannot have a primary or co-occurring substance use disorder
    • Agree to a safety plan
    • Participate in the program 
    • Able to benefit from treatment 
    • Abstain from suicidal or para-suicidal behavior (self-harm)

    Because this is essentially a group therapy program, all participants must be able to function as a member of a group without behaviors disruptive to the DBT Skills Group.

  • Insurance

    The Centre for Behavioral Health is contracted with most major insurance plans including Medicare.

    The Center for Behavioral Health does not accept Medicaid  for the following services:

    • Outpatient Therapy
    • Medication Management

    Porter Adventist Hospital accepts most major insurance plans including Medicare and Medicaid for Adult and Senior Inpatient Acute Hospitalization and both Inpatient and Outpatient Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).