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Teen DBT Skills Training Group

Wednesdays from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm starting Wednesday January 3, 2024

Location: 25 Noble Court, Heath, Tx 75032
(will pivot to Zoom during inclement weather)

If your teen struggles with anxiety, depression, anger, stressful relationships, trauma symptoms, or impulsivity, this group is for you.

This group meets in person Wednesday from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. This is an 8-week group beginning Wednesday, January 3, 2024. It offers teenagers aged 14-17 a chance to apply newly acquired skills, helping them make positive changes in their lives that they can take pride in. The group focuses on teaching skills to manage internal emotions, live in the present, enhance communication and self-expression, and improve their relationship-building abilities.

What is DBT?

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What is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) was developed by Marsha Linehan. It is an effective, empirically supported, cognitive-therapy based intervention system for teaching skills that will help in coping with sudden, intense surges of emotion.

The foundational skills and dialectical approach of DBT will help individuals build self-control over impulsive behaviors and move away from all-or-nothing thinking to a more balanced approach with their internal emotional experience and external relationships.

What Will Your Teen Learn?

The group focuses on four areas: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. Mindfulness skills help decrease anxiety, distractibility, and judgmental thinking.

  • Distress tolerance skills improve one’s capacity to cope with stressful situations without becoming overwhelmed.
  • Emotional regulation skills help decrease up-and-down emotions.
  • Interpersonal effectiveness skills help decrease interpersonal conflict and stress, and improve relational satisfaction.

What Does DBT Skills Group Look Like?

DBT Skills Group at Embrace New Life / Counseling & Wellness is not a typical processing group, nor is it talk therapy. Our program consists of skills training modeled after the Linehan model. This group is designed to teach skills to help transform negative thinking and destructive behaviors into positive outcomes. This group is designed with a classroom setting in mind, with each meeting structured to teach and practice skills in a group setting. The group is facilitated by Findlay Therapy Services’ Doctoral Intern, Jenna Moore and supervised by Elizabeth Davis, MA, LPC-S who was trained by Dr. Colin Ross.

The group would begin with a mindfulness exercise which would then be followed with a review of the previous week’s homework and diary card entry. From there, the group would begin the current week’s lesson. No prior knowledge is required for attendance – we only require an open mind and the willingness to try something new.

The DBT Skills Group Process

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DBT is a skills/teaching group, not a process group.

First hour of group:

  • Brief group introductions/opening
  • Mindfulness Exercise
  • Group leaders will review DBT Diary Cards and ask group members to give coaching, feedback, and observations about skills used in an effective way.
  • Group members benefit from being exposed to hearing how other members are practicing skills.

Second hour of group:

  • New DBT Skill introduced and taught.
  • Multiple handouts, homework sheets, experiential exercises, board work, and discussions are used as learning tools.
  • Group members are asked to practice this new skill over the week and to give feedback the following week on how this skill worked for them and what challenges occurred.

All of the DBT skills build on each other. The group lasts a total of 2 months to finish all of the modules (Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotional Regulation, and Distress Tolerance). The size of each DBT group is limited to a maximum of eight members to ensure enough time for all members to participate.

Group members are encouraged to commit to all 8 weekly sessions of the skills group.

Is There Evidence That This Intervention Works?

Yes! Multiple studies have found this intervention to be highly effective.

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What is the Cost?

The 8-week group costs $250.  This averages to $32 for each weekly 2-hour group. Payment is required to secure your place in the group that starts on January 3, 2024.  Missed sessions are not refundable. We require a credit card be placed on file before the first session.