DBT Skills Program for Parents

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Here at the Institute, we believe that parents play an integral role in the healing process.  The DBT Skills are life skills that we all benefit from learning. If your middle school or teen daughter is participating in our DBT program we require that parents be involved by participating in a DBT Skills Group as well. We provide additional opportunities for growth via parent skills coaching with one of our DBT therapists.

What are some of the potential benefits of participating in a Multifamily DBT Skills Group?

When the skills are learned as a family, a common language and understanding develops, assisting the process of skill acquisition and generalization for children, teens, and parents.

  • Parents learn the same skills as their daughters. This makes it easier for parents to notice and acknowledge when their daughters are using their skills. It helps parents support skills use rather than inadvertently interfere with their daughter’s attempts to use her skills.
  • Many parents report that they themselves find the skills helpful in their own lives – in parenting, in their own relationships, even at work.
  • Parents often tell us they get exhausted by their own reactions to their daughter’s suffering and behaviors. The mantra “respond, don’t react” is easier said than done, especially when we are depleted with worry and frustration. DBT equips parents with tools for effectively responding and not reacting (or at least reacting less often and less intensely).
  • Girls have shared that parental participation helps them feel more motivated. And, DBT does take motivation. It’s hard work. Seeing their parents working on skills, investing time and energy and money into their own growth does help the girls.

DBT Skills Group for Parents and Caregivers:
This group will offer DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) skills to parents of either teens or young adults who may be struggling to be effective in their relationships with their daughters. The group will cover the four DBT skills modules and will focus on mindful parenting, setting effective limits, taking a balanced approach, engaging in self-care, and building space for compassion. The versatility of the group makes it unique, as it can be either the perfect complement to your daughter’s DBT Program or a stand-alone resource to support you in your parenting quest.

DBT is an evidence-based practice and its efficacy has been backed by scientific research since its beginning stages of development over 20 years ago. For more information on Dialectical Behavior Therapy, please visit our website.

Please contact our Intake Coordinator at 626-585-8075, ext. 108 for more information about the group or to register.