What are the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills?

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 We all need skills to cope with challenges and to find our way through inevitable times of pain.  Dialectical Behavior Therapy includes 4 categories of skills.  Many of these skills have been practiced for thousands of years in contemplative and meditative traditions. The exciting news for our times is that, using the tools of modern…

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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…

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Application and Evaluation Process

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Learning skills to change our lives is no small matter. We understand that participating in a DBT program, either for yourself or your family, requires personal dedication, sacrifice, and effort. We have established an Application and Evaluation process to help you and our DBT team determine if our program is the right match for you…

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Music & Mindfulness

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Dear Colleagues and Friends, Emerging research continues to show the benefits of mindfulness for children and teens. Some of the researched benefits include increased focus, stress reduction, anxiety reduction, and coping with illness and pain. Here at the Institute for Girls’ Development, we are always looking for ways to enhance the use of mindfulness in the…

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Child And Adolescent Specialty Program (CASP)—Group Therapy Program: FAQs

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IFGD Group Therapy Program: FAQs Child and Adolescent Specialty Practice (CASP) Tell me about group therapy at the Institute? Our groups help participants build skills in the areas of mindfulness, self-care and emotional regulation, friendship skills, and more.  Facilitators combine age-appropriate discussion, reflection, and activities – like games, role play, and crafts – to help…

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Never Back Down (Poem)

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Never Back Down Grit (n.) Courage and resolve Strength of character Backbone made of steel Refusing to let me fall It’s the nerve needed to fight back Fall seven times Get up eight Daring to prove impossible a myth They say you can’t – Turn around and say “watch me” Don’t let them get to…

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