Adolescent Program

This program is designed not only to treat adolescents, but to offer support and encouragement to their families. Thus, an environment where adolescents’ skills are understood and encouraged is fostered


It has been shown that adolescents who have supportive and involved families tend to have greater success with skills practice and integration.

Denver DBT currently offers three groups for adolescents—an early adolescent group (approximately ages 12-14) and two late adolescent groups (approximately ages 15-17). We recognize that a teenager’s chronological age does not necessarily represent their developmental age. We provide initial phone screens with parents and/or teens to ensure that the adolescent is situated in the most age appropriate group. Please visit the availability and fees page for the times and locations of each group.

Groups are currently being offered via telehealth with one in-person group per month offered at an outdoor location; masks and social distancing practices are required to attend this group. We believe that adolescents, in particular, receive important benefits from in-person connections; thus, we are consistently evaluating creative solutions to facilitate this while considering best group practices as well as public health recommendations. For additional information about adolescent DBT, please call our intake coordinator at 303-332-8704.

The Program Includes:

  • Weekly 1.5-hour skills training covering mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance.
  • Weekly emails to inform family members/the adolescents’ support system of skills covered.
  • Optional monthly parent/primary caretaker support and skills information group.
  • Optional family DBT sessions, as needed.
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