Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based model of therapy that helps us live in the moment, develop healthy ways to cope with stress and discomfort, ride out big feelings, and improve our relationships with others. While DBT training benefits everyone as part of a healthy & balanced approach to life, GPs often recommend DBT for those managing ADHD, ASD, Anxiety, Mood challenges and Social-Emotional difficulties.
DBT is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy that encourages flexible thinking and perspective taking. Depending on the level of need, DBT can be highly intensive and delivered one-on-one, or, it can be taught in a group format (groups run for a minimum of 12 weeks and up to 26 weeks depending on the target participants).
The four modules of traditional DBT are:
- Emotional Regulation
- Distress Tolerance
- Interpersonal Effectiveness
- PLUS we have developed an Executive Function module for our Youth & Teen programs
At NowWhat, DBT concepts inform our entire collaborative model, and we have created unique DBT curriculum for every age and stage (age 6 to adults, including adults with Intellectual Disabilities) that bring DBT concepts to life in ways that are practical and effective at every stage of life. Humorous and relatable resources and activities, experienced leadership by our MSWs and behaviour coaches, and a customisable approach that includes 1:1 coaching, group sessions and parent/family counselling and coaching sessions all add up to a unique and comprehensive opportunity to learn these essential social, emotional and life skills in a positive and affirming environment.
NowWhat DBT Groups build naturally on the skills and concepts learned in the previous course levels, so participants can continue to learn key skills with an increasingly sophisticated understanding of the material. We begin our youngest participants with a largely ‘body-based’ approach, helping them to recognise and label their emotions, and learn foundational calm breathing and self-soothing techniques. Each subsequent level adds more in-depth concepts and introduces cognitive elements as young brains and bodies develop, all the way up to the adult levels, with in-depth exploration of each concept, a full checklist of customisable skills, thought diaries and individual behaviour chain analysis.