Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Self-Injuring Teens: Short-Term Treatment for Lifetime Skills
A 16-week intensive program based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), teaching coping skills to adolescents in the following areas:
- Learning to be in control of your own mind, rather than allowing your mind to be in control of you.
- Learning how to get through difficult moments without making things worse.
- Learning cognitive and behavioral techniques for reducing vulnerability to emotional stressors, and for enhancing the ability to cope with them.
- Learning how to negotiate more effectively for what you want, how to say no, and how to decide when to do so.
Finding the Middle Path
- Learning how to live a balanced life.
Treatment is provided through:
Weekly Individual Psychotherapy Sessions
- Use Behavioral Analysis to understand problems and identify appropriate coping skills.
- Address obstacles to using new skills.
- Troubleshoot treatment problems.
- Maintain emotional support
Weekly Family Skills Groups
- Skills are taught to patients and family members (parents) in a multi-family group format, to help parents understand and assist their youngsters.
- The skills group setting provides group support for both parents and patients.
- Homework assignments (for patients and parents) are given, consisting of daily practice of skills.
- Homework review at each group session reinforces the previous week's skills practice.
Psychiatric Medication Management
- Each patient receives psychiatric care by a specialist in the treatment of adolescent psychiatric problems.
- Psychiatric medications are prescribed, as necessary.
For further information about the Adolescent DBT Program, or to arrange for a consultation, please call (914) 997-8686, or the toll-free number, 1-888-694-5700.