What is DBT?

DBT means Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which could also be referred to as becoming more open minded. A dialectic is a dialogue between opposites. Dialectical therapy seeks the ability to tolerate opposites and to see truth in more than one perspective. DBT is an offshoot of CBT, or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This branch of psychology is aimed at helping you understand your thinking and behavior choices so they are more effective for your life and happiness.

Mindfulness is balancing emotion mind and wise mind.Distress Tolerance is when you have a problem you cannot solve, but you don't want to make it worse.Emotion Regulation is having less negative emotions and vulnerability, and more positive emotional experiences.Interpersonal Effectiveness is asking for what you want and saying no effectively.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Emotional Empowerment: Teen DBT

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills for helping teens manage mood swings, control angry outbursts, and get along with others.

For some, repetitive stressful events and an inability to recover fully from one event before another occurs, results in destructive behaviors, such as self-injury and suicide attempts, drug/alcohol or food related problems. It takes skills to solve life’s problems while enduring intense emotion.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) adapted for teens was developed by Dr. Alec Miller and his colleagues at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. While most other empirically supported treatments for adolescents deal with one major problem at a time, DBT focuses on the complex, difficult-to-treat teen engaging in, or at risk for, suicidal behavior. The teen program lasts approximately 20 weeks and includes all the components of standard DBT plus a Parent Education and Support Group (the last Tuesday of each month at 5:30-7pm).
The Five Skill Modules:
v     Mindfulness Module is designed to teach a person how to focus their mind and attention.  This two week module is repeated between the others.  More on Mindfulness
v      Distress tolerance Module is centered on accepting the current situation and finding ways to survive and tolerate the moment without engaging in problematic behavior.  This is a 4 week module.
v      Emotion regulation Module skills include learning to identify and label current emotions, identifying obstacles to changing emotions, reducing emotional reactivity, increasing positive emotions, and changing emotions.  This is a 4 week module.
v      Interpersonal effectiveness Module skills teach effective strategies for asking for what one needs, saying no, and coping with interpersonal conflict.  This is a 4 week module.
v      Middle Path Module skills teach validation, acceptance and change.  This is a 2 week module..
v      Family Support.  This is the last Tuesday of the month, 5:30-7pm, see Calendar.


Class is based in part on the book, Don't Let Emotion Run Your Life, for Teens.
Group Counseling: $45 per group.  Depending on your plan, cost may be covered by insurance, (If you have OHP, we refer you to MCCFL 541-386-2620).  Assistance Available with fees.  Binders cost $25.  Gift cards $25 for full attendance.

Intake:  Please call to set up an individual assessment appointment with one of our co-facilitators to enter the group.  See information on side bar.

Not currently running - Wait List
 Allow time for parking as it is metered downtown.

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