Sunday, September 30, 2012

Rikers Island Graduation 2

This was written for one of the graduations from our Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Program. PROGRESS IS BEING MADE IN RIKERS ISLAND! It is safe to say that you have faced the consequences of your actions with dignity. You have not complained or acted out. You have not held the slot or splashed or used profanity. The irony of course is that though you behave well, you have not had to compromise your character. That is to say that you are not being ridiculed for being a composed individual. I know that for many people in this program, there is a fear that by learning the DBT skills a loss of strength will follow. I believe that it is safe to say that you put this myth to rest. The behavior you demonstrate proves that being dialectical does not at all make a person weak or naïve. In fact, using your wise mind has made you stronger. This fact is represented not only in your ability to complete this program but also in your ability to have others respect your resolve for self discipline and control. Congratulations and good luck!

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