Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Training Group

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training Group

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an effective strategy in treating a wide range of disorders.  SCCYS offers four components of DBT: skills group that the youth and parent/guardian attend together, individual treatment, Middle Path parent groups, and a DBT consultation team. 

The DBT skills training group is focused on enhancing clients' capabilities by teaching them behavioral skills. The group facilitator assigns homework so the clients can practice using skills in their everyday lives.

There are 4 sets of behavioral skills:

  • Mindfulness: the practice of being fully aware and present in this one moment
  • Distress Tolerance: how to tolerate pain in difficult situations, not change it and not make the situation worse
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: how to ask for what you want and say no while maintaining self-respect and relationships with others
  • Emotion Regulation: how to change emotions that you want to change


Walking the Middle Path 

DBT - Walking the Middle Path:  Is a 3 week program for caregivers. The goal of this program is to help group members effectively manage adolescent/family dilemmas by working on changing painful or difficult thoughts, feelings or circumstances, while at the same time accepting themselves, others, and circumstances as they are in that moment. It focuses on learning that there is more than one way to see a situation or solve a problem by balancing acceptance and change.