A service learning project was designed to give counseling practicum students an opportunity to utilize the dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) model in a small, rural high school. This poster session will provide an overview of DBT and how the project was designed within a graduate student practicum course to ensure success for both the practicum student and the students enrolled in a rural South Texas high school.
Participants will review the basic foundations of Dialectical Behavior Therapy and their own findings related to the use of DBT with practicum students in a rural school district of South Texas.
Participants will examine a number of challenges practicum students and their clients can be faced with as well as basic strategies designed to maximize the effectiveness of DBT within rural school settings.
Participants will learn how to incorporate the DBT into practicum and internship courses to prepare counselors to deal with feelings of anxiety, stress, and emotional distress when working with clients.