Dialectical Behavior Therapy Group & Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy Group
After assessment, adolescents are either placed into our Standard DBT or RO DBT Track for the duration of the 12 weeks. Our Standard DBT groups include a combination of skill learning and process. Skill modules include Core Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Research has shown that DBT skills are effective for reducing high-risk behaviors by helping clients understand how emotions work and introducing new methods of coping with emotional distress that do not result in harm to self or damage relationships. Our RO DBT groups are targeted towards a spectrum of disorders characterized by overcontrol. Radical Openness (RO) is a way of behaving but it is also a state of mind informed by the central premise that emotional well-being involves the confluence of three features: openness, flexibility, and social connectedness. As a state of mind, radically open living involves actively seeking our personal unknown in order to learn from an ever-changing environment. RO also enhances relationships because it models humility and willingness.
While the adolescents attend their respective groups on Monday nights their parents/guardians attend a DBT education group targeted towards being a DBT coach at home for their children as well as using the DBT skills personally.