The DBT skills group structure has been adapted to the needs of teenagers, to optimize treatment outcomes.
Participants in the DB Teen Group will master four skill sets:
Mindfulness Skills: Group members learn to observe, describe and participate in thoughts, sensations, emotions and external phenomenon without judging these experiences as “good” or “bad.” Mindfulness skills are essential to successful advancement in the DBT Program.
Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills: Participants learn to successfully assert their needs and manage conflict in their relationships. This is accomplished through learning and practicing highly effective interpersonal skills.
Emotion Regulation Skills: Emotional regulation skills help participants identify and manage emotional reactions in healthy and adaptive ways. The tools learned in this module help reduce the negative emotional surge that may result from an adverse event.
Distress Tolerance Skills: Group members learn ways to accept and tolerate distress without resorting to negative or destructive behaviors.