The Adolescent DBT Skills Training group is for adolescents who would like to learn how to cope more effectively with intense emotions, problematic thoughts or behaviors (i.e. negative thinking, self-harm, substance use, suicidal thinking), and/or relationship struggles. Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance skills are taught in order to reduce self-destructive behaviors and learn more adaptive ways to manage painful emotions. The group meets weekly on Wednesdays from 5:00-7:00pm.
Please call our front desk for more information about admissions and cost,
or if you have any other questions. 512-306-1394
About the group process-
DBT is a skills/teaching group, not a process group. During the first hour of each group session, the group leader will review DBT Diary Cards individually with each group member, providing coaching, feedback, and observations about skills used in an effective way. Group members not only benefit from the individual coaching, but by being exposed to hearing how other group members are practicing skills.
The second hour of the group is spent going over new DBT skills. Multiple handouts, homework sheets, experiential exercises, board work, and discussion are used as learning tools. Group members are asked to practice this skill over the week and to give feedback the following week on how the skills worked for them and what challenges occurred.
All of the DBT skills build on each other. Group members are asked to be able to commit to a total of 6 months before joining the weekly group in order to finish all of the modules (Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance).
At the end of each module, we have a parent day where parents and adolescents come together for discussion of special topics and review skills that the adolescents have been learning, so that they can support and coach their child in self-management skills.
Outline of Weekly Group Schedule:
August 24 & 31 : General Introduction & Mindfulness
Sept 7 – Oct 12: Emotion Regulation
Oct 19: Parent Day
Oct 26 & Nov 2: Mindfulness (Open Period for new members to join)
Nov 9- Dec 7: Interpersonal Effectiveness
Dec 14: Parent Day
Dec 21 & 28: Mindfulness (Open Period for new members to join)