DBT® Skills Classes for Adults and Teens

Austin DBT Associates has provided DBT® classes to many different groups (schools, courts, healthcare professionals, etc.). What we hear the most from our trainees is, “DBT® skills are something that we all need!” Our participants report they are pleasantly surprised that everyone can benefit from these classes.

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DBT® is short for Dialectical Behavior Therapy®. DBT® is an effective treatment for helping people to manage the intensity of emotions and impulsive behavioral patterns that are causing fall out and disrupting the quality of their daily lives.

Most clients who commit to DBT® classes in addition to individual counseling will see significant improvement in their lives.

Adult DBT® Skills Class

In this class, adults will learn skills that are not confined to the clinician’s office. These mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation and distress tolerance skills are designed to generalize to every aspect of your world (at work, school, home, friends, family, etc.).

Whether you’re struggling with a serious mental health issue or looking for some additional skills to solve a problem, we can all benefit from DBT® skills and this class is designed to support you in building the life you want.

Group Skills Class
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Adult RO-DBT® Skills Class

RO-DBT®  is short for Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy®. RO-DBT®  is an effective treatment for helping people manage excessive self-control. They may hide or mask their emotions in front of others and struggle with problems like perfectionism or rigidity that cause fall out and disrupt the quality of their daily lives.

In this class, adults will learn skills to increase openness, flexibility and social connectedness. Many people who struggle to manage their emotions can identify with both DBT® and RO-DBT®  and may even vacillate between over and under self-control. A clinician can help you identify which treatment would be the most effective option for you based on your own self-control tendencies.

Adult DBT® Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Program

DBT-SUD® is short for Dialectical Behavior Therapy – Substance Use Disorders®.  DBT-SUD® is a sub-type of Dialectical Behavior Therapy® that was developed for people who have difficulty regulating their emotions and for whom substance use is a primary problem behavior.

In addition to learning all of the standard DBT® skills: core mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation and distress tolerance; in this class adults will also learn SUD-specific skills with an increased focus on observing and describing their urges to use and identifying what skills will help them to manage those urges each week.

Teen DBT® Skills Class

Teens undergo dramatic physical, emotional, and social changes. These changes can be challenging for teens and their parents. DBT® is an effective treatment for helping teenagers learn to manage the intensity of their emotions and impulsive behavioral patterns that are causing fall out at home and/or school.

In this class, teens will learn how to practice mindfulness, communicate more effectively with others, solve emotional problems and tolerate distress without engaging in harmful behavior. The class is designed to prepare teens for adulthood by helping them to respond flexibly to difficult and stressful life experiences.

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Young teenagers in therapy

Teen RO-DBT® Skills Class

RO-DBT®  is short for Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy®. RO-DBT® is an effective treatment for helping people manage excessive self-control. Teens who may benefit from RO-DBT® are often high-achieving and perfectionistic students who hide or mask their emotions in front of others.

This class is the only RO-DBT® group available to adolescents ages 12 and up in our area. In the class, teens will learn skills to increase openness, flexibility and social connectedness. Many people who struggle to manage their emotions can identify with both DBT® and RO-DBT®  and may even vacillate between over and under self-control. A clinician can help your teen identify which treatment would be the most effective option based on their self-control tendencies.

Teen DBT® Substance Use Disorder Program

Substance use disorders (SUDs) often start early in life. It’s common for these disorders to develop in adolescence. Research has shown that early substance misuse increases the risk of developing a more severe substance use disorder in later life. DBT-SUD® is a sub-type of Dialectical Behavior Therapy® that was developed for people who have difficulty regulating their emotions and for whom substance use is a primary problem behavior.

This class is the first substance use specific DBT® group available to adolescents ages 12 and up in our area. In addition to the standard DBT® skills, teens will learn SUD-specific skills. The class will also allow an increased focus on teens observing and describing their urges to use and identifying what skills help them to manage those urges each week.

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DBT® Parent/Family Skills Class

Learning to apply the same skills that your loved ones are learning in DBT® treatment improves treatment outcomes.  This is because parents and other family members are empowered to model and reinforce effective behavior at home. 

We are proud to introduce a one-hour, weekly virtual class that will introduce parents and other family members to the basics of DBT®, including skills from all four modules taught in our standard DBT® skills classes: core mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance. Parents and other family members will receive guidance from a licensed clinician to help them navigate difficult situations at home in a supportive environment with other parents and family members.

Our Rates - Virtual or In Person

Adult Classes: $65/weekly

Adolescent Classes: $80/weekly

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What To Expect

If you choose to participate in group skills class, a group orientation session may occur prior to beginning the group.  This is to orient you on the expectations of the experience and what is required of you.  By preparing you for these skills training, you will get the most out of your treatment.