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COMPREHENSIVE DBT PROGRAMS

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MULTI-FAMILY DBT PROGRAM

Adolescent clients ages 13-17. 

Skills training with adolescent clients and parents.

In the Multi-Family DBT Program, adolescent clients receive comprehensive DBT treatment, including all four components of full fidelity Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  This means that adolescent clients attend weekly individual sessions with their DBT primary clinician, have access to phone coaching services for skill use outside of therapy sessions and treatment is overseen by the CDBTA consultation team. 


In addition to standard DBT treatment, adolescent clients attend a highly structured weekly skills-oriented group for teens and their caregivers that takes place once a week for two hours. This skills group is based on the curriculum of Alec Miller and Jill Rathus and combines Marsha Linehan’s Skills Training Manual, with an additional module, Walking the Middle Path, which focuses on parent-teen dilemmas. 

While attending skills group both the client and their caregiver are provided with phone coaching services by the DBT primary clinician and a secondary member of the CDBTA consultation team, to better assist the family in generalizing skills use in all settings. 


After completing Multi-Family Skills Group, it may be determined that additional treatment is needed (based on needs, trauma history, and symptoms); if this is the case, the adolescent may continue to engage in individual DBT sessions along with joining the adolescent skills group described below. Class size is limited to approximately 6 people in various configurations of family. In order to achieve balance in group and allow our young people to feel supported rather than outnumbered, we prefer to allow one parent or caregiver to attend at a time.

An initial 90-minute assessment is required to join this program.

 
 
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ADOLESCENT DBT PROGRAM

Adolescent clients ages 13-17 after attending Multifamily Skills Group.
Young adults ages 16-20 without attending the Multifamily Program.

DBT for adolescents was developed by Alec Miller, Jill Rathus, and Marsha Linehan. This evidence-based approach is the gold standard of treatment for individuals suffering from emotion dysregulation, identity confusion, interpersonal difficulties, impulsivity, and at times risky or dangerous behaviors. This includes adolescents who present with high risk behaviors such as a history of past suicide attempts, self-injurious behaviors, maladaptive coping skills, previous behavioral health hospitalizations, trauma, and substance abuse. Clients do not have to meet all of these criteria in order to enter the CDBTA Adolescent DBT program. 


In the CDBTA Adolescent DBT Program adolescent clients receive comprehensive DBT treatment, including all four components of full fidelity Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  This means that adolescent clients attend weekly individual sessions with their DBT primary clinician, have access to phone coaching services for skill use outside of therapy sessions, attend weekly skills group and have their treatment overseen by the CDBTA consultation team. 


The Adolescent Skills Group is a 24-week curriculum using Marsha Linehan’s Skills Training Manual designed to teach the DBT skills of mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance along with the evidence-based protocol for treating adolescents Treating Suicidal Adolescents Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy published by Marsha Linehan, Alec Miller and Jill Rathus. 


CDBTA’s comprehensive Adolescent DBT program is particularly effective for those adolescents requiring more comprehensive treatment than standard Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT). 


Before beginning treatment clients undergo a thorough intake assessment with a DBT clinician in order to determine whether DBT is the most appropriate form of treatment given their symptoms and needs.

 
 
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ADULT DBT PROGRAM

Adult Clients ages 18+

In the CDBTA Adult DBT Program, clients receive comprehensive DBT treatment, including all four components of full fidelity Dialectical Behavior Therapy adherent to the model developed and extensively researched by Marsha Linehan. This includes weekly individual therapy sessions, weekly skills group, between session phone coaching and treatment overseen by the CDBTA consultation team. 


DBT has been extensively researched and is recognized as the most effective treatment for people with Borderline Personality Disorder, as well as those with self-injury or suicidal behaviors. In addition, research has shown that DBT is effective for a wide range of other disorders associated with difficulties in emotion regulation, including substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder.


The CDBTA Adult DBT program includes attending 24 skills training sessions based on the curriculum of Marsha Linehan’s Skills Training Manual designed to teach the DBT skills of mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance. 


Before beginning treatment clients undergo a thorough intake assessment with a DBT clinician in order to determine whether DBT is the most appropriate form of treatment given their symptoms and needs.

 
 

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