Adolescent DBT Program

Our comprehensive adolescent DBT Program is for teens in grades 9-12 and their families.  We use a curriculum based on the work of Miller, Rathus, and Linehan.

Please read our general description of DBT for more information about what DBT treats, Components of DBT, and the DBT skills.


Comprehensive Adolescent DBT includes:

  • Adolescent Individual DBT Therapy with an in-house DBT clinician or an outside therapist.

  • Group DBT Skills Training Class for families ​​

    • ​Adolescents and their parents or guardians participate in skills training in separate groups at the same time, 4:45-6:15pm (1.5 hrs) on Mondays for at least 6 months.  Read about the DBT skills. 

    • Adolescents learn the skills in creative and age-appropriate ways and benefit from a supportive environment to share skills learning with their peers.
    • Parents/Guardians learn skills and DBT parenting techniques to regulate themselves in the face of family challenges (because the skills are helpful to everyone), and to be able to coach their teen in using the skills at home.  Parents support each other in group.
  • Skills Coaching

    • Adolescents can call their individual therapist between sessions for brief skills coaching to generalize the skills to their real life.​

    • Parents can call their group leader for skills and parent coaching between sessions.​

  • Family Sessions. Families participate in family therapy sessions as needed.

  • DBT Consultation Team.  Team enhances therapist capability.  Your therapists are receiving consultation, support, and training throughout your treatment.