What is DBT?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy. Its main goals are to teach people how to live in the moment, develop healthy ways to cope with stress, regulate their emotions, and improve their relationships with others.  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 peoples’ social cues so we know how to respond appropriately

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!).  Scroll down for details including current dates, program content and pricing for each age group.

Who is it For?

  • Kids Level 1 is for approximately ages 7 – 8
  • Kids Level 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!

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 re-entry to post-pandemic activities, expectations and routines

Where & when is it happening?

  • 144 Wilson St E, Ancaster, between Halson and Jerseyville
  • Level 101 (Ages 7-9):  Saturdays, September 17 – December 3, 2022 from 10 – 11.30am
  • Level 201 (Ages 9-11):  Saturdays, September 17 – December 3, 2022 from 12 – 1.30pm

    If the current start dates won’t work for your family, you can join our waitlist for the next program – we offer several program intakes each year, including a weeknight option coming up in November 2022!

What is included?

  • Complimentary 30-minute intake (standard clinic practice for new clients)
  • 12 weeks of 90-minute small group sessions
  • Introductory 1:1 Orientation session with DBT coach for your child to set individual goals
  • Introductory 1:1 Parent Orientation
  • 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 with 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 ($300 deposit due on registration)
  • The financial commitment for Kids DBT is for the full course duration of twelve weeks
  • Participants are billed every week regardless of attendance
  • 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 towards this program
  • A credit card number is required on file, with paid receipts emailed weekly after each group session
  • OPTIONAL EXTRA:  individual parent or child coaching sessions are also available at any time ($150/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
  • 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 feedback 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, please Contact Us.