TEP-Cleveland Expands its Adolescent Skills Groups
For a continuum of care, The Emily Program-Cleveland (formerly Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders) has expanded upon its adolescent skills groups to include both DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) programs. The outpatient, skills-based groups meet on a weekly basis in a supportive environment and target teens, ages 13 to 18.
TEP now offers a multifamily DBT skills group, which meets every Wednesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. Adolescents and families in this group will learn DBT skills, including emotion regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, walking the middle path and mindfulness.
For those adolescents who make a six-month commitment to the multifamily DBT skills group and have not engaged in self-harming behaviors for 30 days, they may move on to participate in the graduate DBT skills group. This group is intended to support teens and reinforce positive behavior. The graduate group meets every Monday from 4 – 5:30 p.m.
In addition, TEP now offers a CBT outpatient skills group: Coping Behaviors in Teens. This group is a 12-week, skills-based group for adolescents participating in Maudsley Family Based Treatment at TEP-Cleveland. CBT uses empirically supported interventions designed to help group members:
- Gain awareness into how thoughts influence feelings and behaviors,
- Identify adaptive coping skills to manage triggering situations, and
- Improve self-esteem and promote positive body image.
The "teens only" group format offers peer support and opportunities to develop skills in a fun, therapeutic environment. CBT is an open-enrollment outpatient group that meets Wednesdays 3:30 – 5 p.m.
For more information, contact us or speak to your therapist.