DBT- Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Program™


What does multi-family adolescent treatment mean exactly?

We want to help adolescents and their families learn and benefit from DBT. Each adolescent therefore comes to weekly individual DBT therapy and also attends weekly skills training group with a parent or caregiver. The parent/caregiver is also required to participate fully, including doing homework to learn and practice the skills. We essentially want to change the whole family system by having members learn and use the skills in their everyday lives. We also have a monthly family session where caregiver attends with the adolescent to strengthen communication.

“Since finishing Awake DBT, life has gotten more stressful for me, but I have the tools and confidence in myself to get through them and am exponentially happier for it.”