What is DBT?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy that is research-based, simple and highly practical. DBT balances concrete ‘change’ skills for the things that are within your circle of control, along with ‘acceptance’ skills for the things that are not.

DBT skills help people to live in the moment, develop healthy ways to cope with stress, regulate their emotions, and improve their relationships with others.

Our innovative child, youth and teen DBT programs have been adapted by experienced social workers specifically for children’s developing brains and bodies (we have adult groups running too!).

In this program, we introduce the four key elements of DBT:

  • Mindfulness:
    Remaining present and focused, harnessing our attention

  • Emotional Regulation: 
    Learning about our feelings, how they affect our bodies and brains, and how to move through them in helpful ways

  • Distress Tolerance: 
    Dealing with hard, boring, unfair, and uncomfortable situations, managing through the tough stuff, and climbing out of ‘thinking traps’

  • Interpersonal skills: 
    Effectively communicating what we feel and think to others, and reading other people’s social cues so we know how to respond appropriately

Who is it For?

  • Kids 101 Level 1 & 2 is for approximately ages 7 – 8
  • Kids 201 Level 1 & 2 is for approximately ages 9 -11
  • Kids DBT is for everyone who wants to help their young person build a healthy social-emotional foundation for life!
  • Family involvement and support are key to lasting success and skill integration for kids – DBT is a journey for your whole crew!

Why would we join?

  • You, a doctor, or a teacher may have noticed your child could use extra support managing their feelings/moods (known as emotional regulation), working on age-appropriate social & communication skills, and dealing with discomfort
  • You may recently have been given a diagnosis such as ADHD, ASD or Anxiety and you are looking for ways to understand and manage these challenges as a family
  • You may be looking to help your child manage anxiety around activities, expectations, and routines, or bolster lagging social skills that weren’t able to develop naturally due to pandemic interruptions

Where & when is it happening?

  • All groups run at our clinic, at 144 Wilson St E in Ancaster
  • Contact Us to find out when the next group for your child’s age and level is starting – DBT intakes are spaced regularly throughout the year
  • Participants in Kids DBT (ages 7-11) graduate from Level 1 to Level 2.  Level 2 is a further 12-week program, with a focus on reinforcing DBT concepts through the lens of social application and interpersonal effectiveness, while learning next-level skills within each module.  You are eligible to join Level 2 programs immediately on completion of Level 1
  • Note – returning families with kids who have gone through an 18-week Kids DBT group under a past model, will automatically qualify for the Level 2 group

What is included?

  • Complimentary 30-minute intake (standard clinic practice for new clients under 18yrs)
  • 12 weeks of 90-minute small group sessions
  • Introductory 1:1 Orientation session with a DBT coach for your child to set individual goals
  • Introductory 1:1 Parent Session
  • One individual Coaching session for your child in the second half of the program to individualize the content
  • Weekly email update with videos explaining content for parents & families
  • Weekly content-only make-up session available for kids who missed the group session in the case of absence due to illness or emergency
  • Interactive parent workshops and regular touch-points with our Parent Coach, DBT facilitator, and social worker, spaced throughout the program

How much does it cost & how is it billed?

  • Installments of $150 per week for 12 weeks for our groups that are starting in January
  • PLEASE NOTE – this price will be increasing in Spring 2023 to $160 per week for 12 weeks
  • The financial commitment for Kids DBT is for the full course duration of twelve weeks
  • Participants are billed every week regardless of attendance
  • The course is covered under  most benefit plans (MSW/Social Worker/Mental Health Counsellor) and billing can be shared between participating family members – talk to us if you need help interpreting your benefit plan
  • Ontario Autism Program funds as well as SSAH (Special Services At Home) funds can be directed toward this program
  • A credit card number is required on file, with paid receipts emailed weekly after each group session
  • OPTIONAL EXTRA:  extra individual parent or child coaching sessions are also available at any time ($160/session)

Bonus Features

  • Therapists have the chance to really get to know your child over time, so they can help them target specific personal challenges using the skills they’re learning at DBT
  • Children are supported while they make and maintain friendships with each other throughout the course (making new friends is a common highlight for course graduates!)
  • Constant parent interaction means we can use language and examples that are meaningful to your kids, helping them make real-life connections that make a positive difference to the dynamic in your home

Ready to register ..?

Before you begin, if you’re brand new to NowWhat, we’ll book you an intake to get to know your needs and see if DBT is a good fit for your family.  To start the registration process and explore DBT, please Contact Us.