TEEN BOARDING SCHOOLS
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) combines cognitive and behavioral therapies to teach teens healthy ways to handle painful emotions through non-judgmental acceptance and change. Originally developed in the 1970s by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., DBT uses four skill sets – interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and mindfulness – to improve teenagers’ coping skills. The skill set teens gain during treatment can be used in any setting and has been proven effective by scientific research in improving self-awareness and quality of life.