DBT Skills Training With Children
A Multi-Family Group (ages 9 to 14) for “tweens” and their parents to learn DBT skills. The group runs on the traditional skills training cycle and incorporates the following skills set : Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, Behaviorism, Dialectical Thinking, and Validation Strategies. The goal is to help emotionally vulnerable children and their families learn to regulate their emotions and control their impulses. Combining play and behavioral therapy techniques children learn skills to become more aware of ways to navigate their life – emotionally, intellectually, as well as physically – which helps children build a life that they and their families can feel proud of. With the incorporation of a mentoring program where previous graduates of DBT and/or current adolescent DBT clients whom are effectively generalizing their skills into their daily lives help role model the ways to practice behavioral strategies.