About the DBT for Teens Program
In 2007, Miller, Rathus and Linehan published a new DBT treatment manual, especially designed to provide help to adolescents and their families with difficult behaviours and relationships.
This treatment model has been conducted for many years, is researched, and has good outcomes. Our program at the Melbourne DBT Centre closely adheres to this treatment program.
The teen and a carergiver both each attend weekly 1 hour Individual DBT therapy, and together attend a weekly 2 hour DBT Skills Groups with other families in the program.
The DBT Skills Groups are run like a class, with handouts, notes and homework exercises.
The DBT Individual Sessions focus on how you apply the skills you are learning in the group to your own situation.
In a nutshell, The DBT for Teens Program teaches skills and strategies for improving emotional regulation, impulsivity and relationships, that are helpful for both the teen and their caregiver.
The 5 Skills Modules covered are:
Core Mindfulness Module:
This teaches the foundation or ‘core’ skills of DBT, which are Mindfulness Skills.
Interpersonal Effectiveness Module:
This focuses on skills to manage oneself within relationships, as well as strategies to improve self respect and relate in ways that are effective
Emotion Regulation Module:
This module teaches strategies to change, regulate and cope with emotions, and helps in understanding emotions, and addresses areas that exacerbate difficult emotions
Distress Tolerance Module:
This section focuses on strategies to cope with situations without making things worse, and ways to manage distressing events and feelings.
Walking the Middle Path Module:
This is a special module developed for adolescents and their families. It focuses on teaching the caregiver and teen ways to deal more effectively in their relationship with each other, and also a host of techniques for being more balanced in general.
The DBT for Teens Program is run along school term dates, with breaks. It takes the school year to complete.
Participants are asked to commit to completing the full program over the year, as we know this is what works and will make the difference.
If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact us as soon as you can by phone or email and make an appointment to discuss intake into the program.
You do not need a GP or psychiatrist to refer you into the program. You are welcome to contact us yourself directly and make an appointment. Alternatively, your medical practitioner is welcome to refer you, or they contact us themselves for more information.
Call (03) 9530.9777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org