DBTeen

DBTeen

DBTeen: Mental wellbeing skills groups for young people and families

A WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) funded trial program delivered by Lifeline WA in the Primary Care environment.

Are you struggling with distressing feelings and thoughts?

Do you struggle with mood swings?

Is managing your anger a problem, causing conflict with peers and/or family members?  

Do you have feelings of emptiness or a limited sense of identity? 

Are you behaving in frequent impulsive or self-destructive ways?

Do you want to learn a range of skillsets with which to better manage your emotions, behaviours and relationships?

Lifeline WA is offering 12-week DBTeen skills groups which will cover the following key components: 

  1. Mindfulness skills: staying focused on the present moment without having to react.

  2. Distress tolerance skills: coping with distressing situations and painful emotions without making things worse.

  3. Walking the Middle Path skills: balancing ways of thinking and behaving to improve flexibility in responding to common family dilemmas.  

  4. Emotion regulation skills: developing skills to use when faced with intense and painful emotions.

  5. Interpersonal effectiveness skills: communicating your needs and wants, improving relationships, and building self-respect in relationships.

Who Can Attend?

Young people aged 14-18 who are experiencing difficulties managing their emotions and behaviours are eligible for this program. Unfortunately, young people who are already receiving tertiary psychiatric/mental health services are not eligible. For more information on eligibility, refer to the DBTeen Referral Brochure here.

Cost:

There is no charge. DBTeen is fully funded by the West Australian Primary Health Alliance. 

More information:

A referral form will need to be completed by either:  you, your parent or guardian or carer, your GP, your mental health provider or your school psychologist.

Prior to group commencement, teens and their carers will attend an assessment and an induction session to familiarise themselves with DBT basics. 

Download the Referral Brochure and Referral Form here or get in touch at DBTeen@lifelinewa.org.au

DBTeen Program Term 4 Locations:

The next round of groups will begin in Term 1, 2020. We are currently accepting referrals for Term 1 groups and will be completing assessments for these groups in January. We encourage teens and families to access individual DBT therapy in the interim, a list of which can be found here.

Locations for these groups are yet to be determined. Please contact the DBTeen Program Coordinator if you wish to be informed once these have been confirmed.

About Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

DBT has been adapted to working with adolescents, making it directly  responsive to their developmental needs and the needs of their carers. In a supportive and validating environment, young people and their carers learn skills to improve emotional and behavioural regulation, thereby reducing the need for less effective and potentially harmful behaviour. Adolescent DBT has a strong and growing evidence base. Studies are showing that one of the most important components of DBT is group skills training.


Other Support Services

  •  eheadspace

    Online and telephone counselling for young adults (12-25 year olds)
    1800 650 890

  •  Kids Helpline

    24 hour support for kids and young people via telephone, email or webchat.
    1800 55 1800

  •  Mensline Australia

    Telephone and online support and information service for Australian men with family and relationship concerns.
    1300 78 99 78

  •  Suicide Call Back Service

    Suicide Call Back Service provides free phone, video & online counselling for anyone affected by suicide.
    1300 659 467

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