Latency Age DBT Group
The Latency Age DBT skills training group focuses on teaching children (7-12 yrs old) and their caregivers four core skills modules (Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness). Caregivers and children learn these skills side-by-side and are able to apply them to address problem behaviors on a weekly basis through practice assignments. Children and caregivers are encouraged to apply relevant skills to areas that are important to them with the ultimate goal of increasing mastery and efficacy in the skills. By having caregivers learn these skills alongside their child, caregivers can encourage them to use more effective strategies to cope with difficult experiences and provide a more supportive environment for changing behaviors. The groups typically consist of 2-8 families and meet for 2 hours once a week.