Research shows us that in order to get the most benefit from the DBT Multifamily skills training group, the teen should be receiving individual DBT treatment from a DBT therapist.  In the Multifamily Group each teen will be accompanied by a parent/guardian who will be learning the skills right alongside of the teen.  DBT Skills groups have been researched to be helpful for EVERYONE, and have been adapted to school, corporate and other settings, and parents consistently report benefiting from learning the skills and using them in their own lives, in addition to helping them support their child.   New group members will be added after being fully prepared by the individual therapist and when there is an opening and this usually takes 4-6 weeks.  Preparation consists of the therapist orienting the client and parent to how the group works, and some introductory concepts, and insuring commitment to attending.  The group is focused on enhancing members’ capabilities by teaching them behavioral skills. The group is run like a class where the group leaders teach the skills and assigns homework for clients to practice using the skills in their everyday lives. Groups meet on a weekly basis for approximately 1 3/4 hours and it takes 24 weeks to get through the full skills curriculum, which is often repeated to create a 1-year program.  The decision to repeat the group is made by the client, parents and individual therapist.

DBT for teens includes five sets of behavioral skills.

  • Mindfulness: the practice of being fully aware and present in this one moment
  • Distress Tolerance: how to tolerate pain in difficult situations, not change it
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: how to ask for what you want and say no while maintaining self-respect and relationships with others
  • Emotion Regulation: how to change emotions that you want to change
  • Walking the Middle Path: How to reduce the conflicts in families, learning concepts of Behaviorism, Dialectics and Validation.

Each one of these Modules is 6 weeks long which include a “Transition Group” in between each module which is used to welcome new participants, or to say goodbyes to members who are leaving.  The maximum number of teens is 5 plus their parents.  The fee for each group is $75.00 per group if client is receiving individual therapy from a TBC for CBT therapist and $80.00 per group for clients who are doing “Group Only“.  (Link to find out more information about “Group-Only”)  Group  members are financially responsible for paying for group for each module regardless of attendance.  See the calendar on the website for current dates and times of the group.