Adolescent DBT Skills Groups
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) includes skills-based training in a group setting. In a DBT skills group, teens will learn and practice DBT tools to improve their ability to problem solve, cope with crisis, manage interpersonal conflicts, and set and achieve goals in various areas of their lives.
Who is this group for?
Teenagers ages 13-18 who are dealing with depression, anxiety, and/or acting out behaviors, and who would like to feel better and be more in control of their emotions. In this group, teens learn and practice DBT skills that they can use to regulate emotions and behaviors, enhance mood, improve relationships and engage in effective problem solving and communication.
Common Challenges faced by group partipants
Difficulty expressing feelings in effective ways
Lengthy return to baseline/feeling ok again
Engaging in problematic behaviors
Group 1: Aug 31-Oct 19
Group 2: Oct. 26-Dec 21
(No group Nov 23)
Group 3: Jan 18-March 7
Group 4: March 28-May 16
In Person weekly each Thursday 4-5pm
Each group is 8 weeks long
Do I need an evaluation before starting the group?
Yes. To make sure the group is a good fit for you, the group leader will meet with you before you start the group.
When can new members join the group?
New members can join at the beginning of a new 8-week group.
Do I also need to be in individual therapy to join the group?
Yes. To participate in the group you would also need to be in individual therapy. DBT Skills groups are intended to complement the individual therapy participants are already receiving. Your individual therapist does not have to be one of our therapists, but we do offer individual therapy here if you do not already have a therapist.
Commitment: The curriculum is designed based on an 8-week commitment to complete all 4 modules– Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Participants are asked to commit to all 8 weeks, and may repeat an 8-week group as needed or desired.
What is the structure of the sessions?
DBT skill groups are not traditional “process” groups where people share feelings, thoughts, opinions and simply discuss them. Rather, a DBT Skills group is much more like a class on “emotional intelligence.” Certainly sharing can and does happen, and members can be supportive to one another as far as they are comfortable; however, the group is about learning DBT skills in a classroom style format.
Each meeting starts with a few minute mindfulness practice, followed by skills review, followed by learning a new skill. The groups are based on the curriculum designed by Marsha Linehan, the founder of DBT. Group members are provided a binder.
Does insurance cover the sessions?
Yes, we are in network with BCBS. Please confirm with your insurance about coverage for group therapy. Out of pocket cost is $29 for each class, a total of $232 for the 8-week group.
The curriculum is designed based on an eight-week commitment to complete all four modules
Participants are asked to commit to all eight weeks
Facilitated by Sara Berry, LMSW
and Bobby Jo Salm, LISW, RPT
Still, want to learn more about DBT for Adolescents?
Treatment for teenagers with trouble managing emotions:
Inspiring first-person story told from an adolescent's perspective:
What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents Animation: https://youtu.be/Stz--d17ID4