Adolescent DBT Therapy

Our Adolescent DBT Program (ages 13-18)
The adolescent program is a researched adaptation of the Dialectic Behavior Therapy program developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph. D. Our program is designed to focus on adolescents who have difficulty managing their emotions. It is aimed at changing the typical behavior patterns of emotionally challenged adolescents such as suicidal ideation, self-injury and other self-destructive behaviors, defiance, and self esteem issues. DBT works on the premise that clients are doing the best they can to cope and they are using coping skills that worked in the past but are no longer effective. DBT assumes that the adolescent wants to feel better and have a better quality of life. This combination of cognitive and behavioral therapy teaches the adolescent to control emotions by developing a sense of self-acceptance. 

All of the normal modes of the therapy are required:
- Individual DBT Therapy (each adolescent must be engaged with a therapist who is part of a DBT Consultation Team.)
- Multi-Family Skills Training Group
- Telephone coaching to the client
- DBT Consultation to the therapist- Parent Group

The multi-family skills training group is approximately 6 months long. The groups meet for 1.5 hours once a week. Skills training groups are semi-open with admission occurring at the beginning of each skills unit. The skills group consists of 5 sets of behavioral skills. Parents/Caregivers are required to participate in the multi-family skills group with their teen. 
- Core Mindfulness (this is a two week unit that is repeated at the beginning of each of the other 3 units.) 
- Distress Tolerance Unit
- Emotion Regulation Unit
- Interpersonal Effectiveness Unit
- Finding the Middle Path Unit 

Multi-Family Skills Group Time
Tuesdays from 5:00-7:00 pm

Parent/Caregiver Requirement
Parents and family play an important role in helping clients change their behavioral patterns. We have discovered that the adolescents we work with have the best results and show improvement faster when their parents are as involved in the process as their child. Although your child’s behaviors are often what brought them into our program, the family system as a whole has been affected and may need to learn how to change certain things together in order for things to improve. We understand this is a big commitment for families but hope you will see it as an investment in your family’s future. 

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