Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Multifamily Skills Groups DBT Skills Development for Teens in West Hartford, CT
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Multifamily Skills Groups DBT Skills Development for Teens in West Hartford, CT If your teen is working with us for dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), you will likely receive an invitation to join a DBT multifamily skills group at the Harmony Center for Change. Many parents and family members are hesitant to join these groups or feel like they’re not necessary, but research indicates that adolescents whose family engages in these skills group sessions are significantly more likely to continue using their DBT skills and improving beyond their team going through the DBT process. You can learn more about what to expect from this aspect of DBT on this page or by getting in touch with the knowledgeable team at the Harmony Center for Change.
What Are DBT Multifamily Skills Groups?
DBT multifamily skills groups are part of the DBT process for adolescents. In most cases, teens and their families will only join these groups if the adolescent is currently engaging in comprehensive DBT with one of our therapists. Multifamily skills groups do not support groups or even traditional group therapy where people share experiences and process difficult situations with a group of their peers. Instead, DBT multifamily skills groups are geared toward learning and practicing a specific set of skills. Specifically, you’ll be learning and practicing the skills your teen should be developing during their individual and group DBT sessions. By practicing these skills as a family, you can be prepared to support your child consistently as they apply DBT strategies to their daily lives and increase the benefit of these therapy services for you teen now and in the future.
What Do I Learn in Multifamily Skills Groups?
During multifamily skills groups, you’ll cover the four modules that make up comprehensive DBT treatment as well as a fifth module that is specifically used to improve familial relationships. The modules covered in DBT multifamily skills groups are:
- Mindfulness – learning to be aware and present within the current moment
- Distress tolerance – developing the ability to tolerate and accept painful emotions without trying to avoid or change them
- Interpersonal effectiveness – increasing self-respect and self-advocacy skills in order to ask for what you want and need to form your relationships
- Emotion regulation – processing and managing powerful emotions that overwhelm or limit the ability to fully engage in a healthy life
- Walking the middle path – reducing conflicts within families in order to have more supportive, stable, and functional family units
Why Should My Family Join a Multifamily DBT Skills Group?
During the teenage years, people begin to develop their capacities for self-awareness, and they, specifically, begin to notice how they compare to others. Teens want to fit in, and they are more likely to engage in behaviors when they see other people doing them (yes, even their parents and family members). When adolescents have an example of behavior to mimic and someone to hold them accountable, they are much more likely to consistently utilize the skills they learned in DBT for the short and long term.
What Happens During These Sessions?
We create our multifamily DBT skills groups based on the needs of those in the groups, so your sessions may not be exactly the same as those we’ve previously offered. While we’re always willing and ready to adjust the process to meet specific needs, most sessions will involve:
- A mindfulness exercise to center and focus the work in each session
- Review of your “homework” assignment
- Learning a new DBT skill
- Receiving a homework assignment to utilize the new skill
Most multifamily DBT skills groups last for at least 6 months, but the number of sessions and duration of this process is highly dependent upon the group’s needs and goals.
How Do We Get Started?
If your family is ready to take part in a multifamily DBT skills group to support your teen, the Harmony Center for Change is here to help. Our knowledgeable professionals offer comprehensive DBT for adolescents and adults, including multifamily DBT skills groups. These groups are developed and change times and dates based on the needs of the group, so get in touch with our West Hartford team to find out more.