Tools For Thought

A DBT Skills Approach for Improving Family Functioning.

  • 1 hour

Workshop Description

OVERVIEW The intent of group sessions is to cover educational materials aimed at increasing the use of adaptive coping strategies when faced with a variety of challenges. Adolescent & Family Skills groups work best when caregivers and youth learn skills together so that caregivers can help youths use their skills. Family members/caregivers who are willing to do so attend skills training alongside the youth to learn the following skills. GOALS 1. Increasing teens’ (and families’) capabilities by teaching specific skills for self-regulation (including emotion regulation and mindfulness), interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and balanced thinking and acting (“Walking the Middle Path”) 2. Structuring the environment to motivate, reinforce, and individualize appropriate use of the skills. 3. Improving teens’ motivation to increase the use of new skills, reduce the use of prior dysfunctional behaviors, and identify the factors (e.g., thoughts, feelings, behaviors, contextual variables) that maintain problematic behavioral patterns and inhibit more skillful ways of responding. 4. Providing methods to encourage the generalization of new skill capabilities from group to the life situations where they are needed. SPECIFICATIONS The class meets once per week from 90 minutes to 2 hours. It takes 16 weeks to get through the full skills curriculum. At times, homework will be assigned as an opportunity for you to apply the new skills you learn. (Schedule is flexible, understanding extracurricular activities can make for set times to be difficult to manage) TARGET AUDIENCE Teens and parents/caregivers attend a group together to learn core DBT skills. Parents learn how to more effectively communicate with their children (12-, enhance their own coping skills and empower their child to use DBT skills to deal with problems that arise, such as -Impulsive/disruptive behaviors -Frequent mood swings -Self-injurious and suicidal behaviors -Depression and anxiety -Family and peer conflict -Anger outbursts -Eating disordered behaviors -Drug or alcohol abuse -Poor coping skills INCLUDED IN GROUP TRAINING Handouts & Worksheets provided weekly Coping Kit Materials Access to private group to continue to get support from others that have completed the training FEES & REGISTRATION The facilitator will complete registration once determined the course will be suitable for all UPCOMING SESSIONS Booking for September-December Groups (4 Families)

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