Minnesota Center for Psychology

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    Midtown Commons Building
    2324 University Ave West
    Suite 120
    St Paul, MN 55114

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DBT Skills Group for Adolescents

MCP now offers four Adolescent Multi-Family Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills training groups per week.  New families are added to groups according to current group openings.  We are currently only running one adolescent group on Saturdays from 10am to 12:30pm.

The group follows a set curriculum, covering: Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness and Walking the Middle Path.  The recommended length of participation in the group is 6-12 months, with the possibility of continuing on in the group if needed. There is also a possibility that a group strictly for adolescents may be offered to graduates of the program in the future.

One adult parent figure must attend each of the sessions. More than one parent figure may attend but it is required that there is consistency in the one figure always being in attendance. Clients are required to have a DBT adherent individual therapist, who provides weekly individual DBT therapy and coaching calls and is part of an ongoing DBT consultation group. In cases where there is no DBT individual therapist in place, MCP may be able to provide one or help set up a referral for therapy.

For the DBT group, clients should be between the ages of 13 and 18. To be a good fit for the group, adolescents will present with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder or Borderline Personality traits; for example the teen may present with a history of suicidal ideation or suicide attempts, emotion dysregulation, impulsive behaviors, self-injurious behaviors and a history of relationship and interpersonal difficulties. New group members will be added at the beginning of each module as space permits.

An intake assessment will be completed with each individual interested in receiving DBT services.

Most types of insurance are accepted, as is private pay. Please contact your insurance company to determine your level of coverage.

We are unable to maintain a waitlist at this time. Please check our website periodically as we will post when we have openings for DBT adolescent services.