DBT – A Standalone Skills Group

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy skills group training is a program designed at enhancing capability through the teaching of adaptive coping skills in various domains. With adolescents, this program will involve the parents/ careers/ significant other in the skills training with the aim of changing the environmental response.

Content / Modules

The group will teach skills in 5 areas which are known as modules. These modules are mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness and walking the middle path.

  • Core Mindfulness

    This module focuses on enhancing the ability to observe, describe and participate in the present moment without judgement, multitasking and ineffectiveness. These skills form the foundation for all other teachings in the skills program.

  • Emotion Regulation

    This module focuses on learning skills designed to expand capacity to understand and name emotions, to change unwanted emotions, and reduce vulnerability to being overwhelmed by emotions.

  • Distress Tolerance

    This module focuses on learning skills designed to increase your ability to tolerate distress. Teaching will include skills to tolerate extreme or uncomfortable emotions, skills to survive a crisis and skills to accept the emotions and reality as it currently exists.

  • Interpersonal Effectiveness

    This module focuses on learning skills designed to enhance your relational and communication skills to become more effective in achieving your goals, maintaining or improving the relationship and retaining relational self-respect. Skills and strategies will include heading off problems, repairing relationships (or ending them if necessary) and resolving problems before they become overwhelming.

  • Walking the Middle Path

    This module builds on the interpersonal effectiveness skills and was designed specifically for young people and their families to enhance communication. Skills will enhance positive relational dialogue, strategies for behavioural change and the development of a dialectical approach to problem-solving.


  • Duration

    The full program will run for 6 months (over 2 school terms) and attendance will be required at all sessions to be eligible for graduation.

  • Eligibility

    The following are mandatory requirements to be eligible for this skills program:

    • Attendance in a 60-90minutes assessment session to determine eligibility and suitability for the program;
    • Young person to attend group is between 14-20 years of age;
    • Attendance of 1-2 parents, caregivers or significant others in all modules of the training program;
    • Mild to moderate level of risk and/or mental health issues;
    • Engaged in weekly or fortnightly individual therapy for the duration of the training program.

    New members will be eligible to commence at the beginning of each term once assessed and deemed suitable for this program.

  • Location

    The group will run on the southside. Exact location to be advised once it has all been finalised.

  • Time/Day

    Group will run on Tuesday evenings from 6-8:30pm every week during the school terms.

  • Cost

    The full program will be $2,500 and will include attendance of up to 3 people (one young person and two others) for the 20 weeks. This cost will include all the resources necessary for the completion of the skills program.