University of Vermont

Department of Psychology

Types of Therapeutic Services
The Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center
Individual Therapeutic Service
Although BTPC clinicians utilize an array of therapeutic techniques including psychodynamic and interpersonal we most typically employ the principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in individual psychotherapy. The collaborative nature of CBT supports a structured and goal-oriented therapeutic process that emphasizes the symptom reduction through teaching specific skills and approaches. Through emphasis on the relationship between a person's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, CBT utilizes both cognitive and behavioral techniques in the alleviation of symptoms. The cognitive portion of CBT works to teach the patient skills for modifying maladaptive and often inaccurate thoughts, attitudes, or beliefs associated with unhealthy actions while behavioral techniques promote healthy ways of reacting to difficult situations. CBT actively engages the client through homework assignments, weekly behavior tracking, and in-session therapeutic activities. Research over the past three decades has supported the effective use of CBT for a wide array of emotional and behavioral problems.
For additional information on the individual services offered by the Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center or to make an appointment please call our confidential intake service at (802) 656-2661.
Group Therapy
The BTPC currently offers a wide array of group-based therapeutic services. These services are open to the public and are covered by most insurance plans. For more information on our current group-based therapeutic interventions please call our confidential intake service at (802) 656-2661.
Promoting Effective Parenting (PEP)
The Promoting Effective Parenting (PEP) group is a cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based group treatment program for parents of children aged two to nine who have a history of child physical abuse or neglect. The group was developed to target parents whose children are under the supervision of the Department of Children and Families (DCF), but families who are not under DCF supervision are also welcome to join.
The group consists of eight two-hour weekly meetings, and involves skills training and discussion of various parenting topics. Over the course of the program, members learn effective parenting skills, including how to attend to and reinforce positive child behaviors and give effective directions and time-outs. Other topics include appropriate developmental expectations and emotion regulation. Modeling and role-playing are used throughout the program to demonstrate each of the parenting skills.
Please call the Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center at 656-2661 for more information or to make a referral.
Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP)
MBRP is an extension of the more successful components of empirically supported cognitive-behavioral treatments (CBT) for relapse prevention (Witkiewitz et al, in press), and it draws heavily from Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for relapse prevention of depression (Segal, Williams, & Teasdale, 2002). MBRP incorporates skills from CBT (e.g., coping, dealing with craving, boosting self-efficacy, increasing motivation and meta-cognitive awareness) that have been shown to effectively prevent relapse for a number of substance abuse problems (smoking, alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine; Witkiewitz et al, in press) with mindfulness-based practices, delineated in detail below.
In general, sessions 1-4 will focus on learning to increase attention and awareness with an emphasis on awareness of how the wandering mind may gravitate to certain thoughts and feelings (e.g. cravings). Sessions 5-8 will build on the awareness skills developed in sessions 1-4 and will focus on helping clients to increase awareness of their feelings (psychological and physiological), and accept those feelings, allowing them to simply "be there". Clients will also work on generating specific strategies to deal with these emotions.
Please call the Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center at 656-2661 for more information or to make a referral.
CBT Treatment for Alcohol Problems
Helping Offenders through Prevention and Education (HOPE)
For Parents' Sake: Sexually Abused Kids, Education and Support (SAKES)

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