Young Adult DBT Skills Group (ages 18 to 25)
- Thursdays from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
- A new group starting in January 2019.
– The entire course last sixteen weeks although we require only an eight-week commitment to start. See below for requirements:
Teen DBT Skills Group (ages 13 to 17)
- Meets Thursdays from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
- A new group starting January 2019.
DBT skills training requires participation in individual therapy. If you do not currently have a therapist, you may decide to work with one of our therapists or we can help you find an appropriate referral.
Required book: The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Workbook by Matthew Mckay, Jeffrey Wood, and Jeffrey Brantley. To enroll in DBT skills group please contact one of our DBT therapists, Lonnie or Rebecca, and schedule a face to face individual meeting prior to the group start date.
What is Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills Training?
Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills training group is unlike traditional therapy. DBT focuses on :
- teaching new skills through practicing attention skills or mindfulness
- developing people skills through role plays
- strengthening our determination through distress tolerance
- balancing our emotions.
Our DBT skills group has the benefit of two therapists working together with each bringing our own insight, training, and personality to the group. We have tailored our groups to specifically meet the needs of teens and young adults.
Many teens in our group struggle with all or nothing thinking, issuing threats, risk-taking or underachieving. They also tend to be academically bright and lively. Parents often struggle with understanding how to help their teen. If this sounds familiar, DBT skills training may be a good fit for your teen and family. Four modules (listed below) are taught in DBT, during sixteen group sessions. Parents participate in a separate group orientation to understand the skills and get some practical tips on how to support their teens.
Mindfulness training guides teens in understanding the mind-body awareness so they understand emotions as part of themselves as well as physical sensations, mood, and the body’s response to the environment as well as their own thoughts.
Emotional regulation training gives real tools for the teens to use in calming themselves to increase a sense of mastery so that emotions serve a purpose and function. These skills allow teens to improve interpersonal effectiveness which when lacking present as threats such as “I hate you” or “you’re going to pay for this”, or “you’ve ruined my life”
Learning to tolerate distress allows time and provides space for processing emotions. When things don’t go our way, we need to develop grit to continue to appropriately get our needs meet, regulate our emotions and develop social competency. This tolerance for setbacks helps us to have time to regulate our emotions. Teens learn these skills and practice them through the week and share the experience with each other in skills group.
Interpersonal Skills. As the group foster mindfulness, emotional regulation and distress tolerance, more consistent practice of interpersonal skills emerge. How to negotiate without losing your temper. How to set limits while not burning bridges. How to express anger without going nuclear. How to make a deal while satisfying the other person. How to increase the chances you get what you need without being manipulative. How to resist cutting off your nose to spite your face. Or learning relationships and playing by the rules.
We teach teens the skills as we practice the skills with them. We use these DBT skills in group and have used the skills in our own lives because they are effective and empowering all while protective of ourselves and our relationships.