The DBT/CBT Parent Skills Training Group focuses on supporting parents of youth and young adults struggling with mental health conditions and/or emotional or behavioral difficulties. The curriculum draws from DBT, CBT, behaviorism, and the latest research on emotion regulation. Topics include understanding and de-stigmatizing emotions, assessing the functions of emotions and behaviors, shaping appropriate behavior, effective limit-setting, problem-solving, validation and direct communication, using and modeling skills, finding appropriate evidence-based treatment, and navigating the mental health system.
Group leaders strive to cultivate a supportive atmosphere that encourages individual questions and participation while emphasizing didactic instruction. The group is formatted as “class” rather than “group process.” The group meets once a week for 75 minutes over the course of 12 weeks.