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DBT Multifamily Skills Group

What Is It

Are you interested in improving your relationship with your teen, decreasing escalations at home, and helping your teen thrive?

The teenage years are tough.

If  your teen ages 12-17 has been recommended for Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), it’s likely that you are seeking a tailored program that can truly meet your and your teen’s unique needs.

At Daisy + Co. Therapy, we’re here to help.

Join our 24-week virtual Multifamily Skills Group (MFSG) designed specifically for you and teens like yours.

This specialized skills learning group is the perfect fit for any teen age 12 to 17 struggling with chronic suicidal thoughts, self harm behaviors, emotional dysregulation, and/or relationship issues.  

MFSG is a research backed, modified form of traditional DBT skills group that is specifically tailored for adolescents ages 12 to 17 and their families. In MFSG, clients participate in group sessions alongside a parent or caregiver rather than individually.

MFSG, led by two intensively trained DBT therapists, equips you and your teen with essential skills like emotion regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness.

These skills will serve as invaluable tools to help you decrease escalations at home and build a stronger relationship with your teen. MFSG will also give your teen the critical skills they need to effectively navigate their emotions and life’s unavoidable ups and downs.  

Ready to enhance you and your teen’s well-being and quality of life?

Contact us to start your journey towards a happier, healthier family dynamic today!

Who Is It For

Teens ages 12 to 17 struggling with chronic suicidal thoughts, self harm behaviors, emotional dysregulation, and/or relationship issues and at least one of their parents or caregivers.

Topics Covered

Mindfulness

Teaching individuals to be fully present in the moment, to observe their thoughts and feelings without judgment. This helps in recognizing and managing emotions more effectively.

Emotion Regulation

Providing strategies to identify, understand, and manage intense and often painful emotions.

distress tolerance

Teaching skills to handle crises and high-stress situations without resorting to impulsive or self-destructive behaviors.

interpersonal effectiveness

Offering tools for improving communication and relationships, including assertiveness, setting boundaries, and managing conflicts.

Walking the middle path

Teaching skills to decrease extreme thinking and behaviors while increasing self-acceptance, acceptance of others and life's current circumstances.

Mindfulness Skills

Week 1: Introduction to Mindfulness and “What” Skills
Begin by paying attention to inner and outer experiences, articulating observations, and actively engaging in life for presence and focus.

Week 2: Navigating “How” Skills in Mindfulness
Delve deeper into mindfulness with an emphasis on factual awareness, non-judgment, and living in the moment.

Week 3: Willfulness vs. Willingness, Half Smile & Willing Hands
Explore acceptance-based thinking skills to make the most of your current life circumstances.

Week 4: Wise Mind & Mindfulness of Thoughts
Learn to observe thoughts and urges without acting on them.

Week 5: Mindfulness of Emotions
Practice observing emotions without immediate action or reaction.

Week 6: Review of “What” and “How” Skills & Understanding the 3 States of Mind
Hone your mindfulness skills, enhancing your ability to slow down, heighten awareness, and focus on making wise and effective choices.

Emotion Regulation Skills

Week 7: Initiation to Distress Tolerance & Identifying Crisis Points
Discover techniques for shifting focus away from crisis-driven thoughts and behaviors to enhance safety and reduce impulsive decisions.

Week 8: STOP & Pros/Cons Analysis
Recognize warning signs, pause before reacting, and assess the pros and cons of using skills versus giving in to urges.

Week 9: Review of “What” and “How” Skills
Practice non-judgmental thinking in interactions with yourself and others.

Week 10: Setting Goals, Initiating Emotion Regulation & Debunking Emotion Myths
Identify and challenge thoughts that trap you in difficult emotions and understand the role of emotions in your life.

Week 11: Describing Emotions & Understanding the Emotional Model
Dive into the story of your emotions, exploring triggers, thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and consequences.

Week 12: Checking the Facts
Hone the skill of fact-checking to better manage emotional triggers.

Week 13: Opposite Action
Learn to counteract impulsive actions driven by challenging emotions.

Week 14: Cultivating Positivity
Engage in activities that generate positive emotions, even in the presence of anxiety and depression.

Week 15: Building Mastery & Planning Ahead
Focus on developing activities that boost confidence and emotional control, along with proactive emotion management.

Distress Tolerance Skills

Week 16: Initiation to Distress Tolerance & Identifying Crisis Points
Explore techniques for shifting focus away from crisis-driven thoughts and behaviors.

Week 17: STOP & Pros/Cons Analysis
Recognize warning signs, pause before reacting, and assess the pros and cons of using skills versus giving in to urges.

Week 18: TIPP – Regulating Emotional Responses
Learn and practice techniques to calm your physical responses during emotional overwhelm.

Week 19: PLEASE Skill (Self-Care)
Explore self-care techniques for enhancing emotional well-being.

Week 20: Mindfulness of Emotions
Practice observing emotions as they come and go, without acting on urges or impulses.

Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills

Week 21: Setting Goals, Dispelling Myths, and Introduction to Interpersonal Effectiveness
Begin your exploration of skills for nurturing relationships and dispelling thoughts that hinder connections and self-esteem.

Week 22: DEAR MAN & Assertive Communication
Acquire assertiveness skills for expressing needs confidently and respectfully.

Week 23: GIVE & FAST
Prioritize self-respect and cultivate positive self-regard in your significant relationships.

Week 24: THINK Skill
Develop empathy and perspective-taking skills to improve communication in interactions with others.

The Logistics

MFSG runs once a week for 24 consecutive weeks excluding holiday weeks. A full schedule will be provided to you at the start of the group. Each group meets on Zoom at the same time each week and is 2 hours long. 

 This is an educational group, not a therapy based group. Although co-lead by two intensively trained DBT therapists, group is run very much like a class. Each week group will start on time with a short mindfulness exercise, followed by a review of homework  from the week before. We then go into teaching a new DBT skill utilizing engaging activities to help you and your teen better understand each skill and how to effectively utilize it in your life. To end each group, your group leaders will go over the home practice assignment for the week to help participants solidify their understanding of the skills and start implementing them in their every day lives, answer any questions that arise, and then we close out with a short activity. 

For teens and their parents/caregivers, it is often recommended that the 24 week curriculum is repeated immediately following completion of the first 24 week cycle to help solidify skills learning. This means that MFSG is often a 1-year commitment for eligible families.

MFSG is an open group, allowing new members to join at specific entry points throughout the 24 week curriculum. This ensures that no matter when you and your teen are ready to get started with us, we can get you started within a reasonable amount of time, space allowing.

Please contact us to learn more about when MFSG will be held each week and the next day and time new participants will be allowed to join into our MFSG. 

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Location

Zoom

Cost

$65 per weekly group session

All “group-only” clients (aka clients with an individual therapist OUTSIDE of Daisy + Co. Therapy):

MUST complete a group intake session with one of our therapists prior to starting in group. 

45 min “Group-only” intake session fee: $170

Please inquire about sliding scale pricing for this if needed

Group Size

Max 12 participants

*Please note, we are not in network with any insurance companies at this time.*

We are, however, happy to provide you with superbills for partial (or full) reimbursement of our group session fees, if your insurance plan makes you eligible. We also may have sliding scale spots available. 

Explore our FAQ’s section for more details, or better yet, reach out today to get all of your questions answered or kickstart your Daisy + Co. group experience!

We can’t wait to connect with you.

registration form

Please complete the form below if you are interested in joining a DBT group. We will be in touch to answer your questions, ensure you are a good fit for DBT and register you for a session.