Mental wellbeing skills groups for young people and families
Referrals for Semester 1, 2023 are now closed. All new referrals will be registered for the Semester 2 cohort, with an August start!
All referred candidates will receive an invitation in May to attend one of our Introduction Sessions to be held mid-June. Following this (and should you still decide to proceed) formal assessments will be conducted over the July school holidays. First groups commence early August.
DBTeen is a dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) informed program delivered in a Primary Care environment, offering skills training for young people aged 14-18 experiencing some or all of the following:
The program is delivered in multifamily groups whereby carers develop the same skills alongside their teens and support them to embed the skills in their day to day lives. The program is as much for carers as the young person.
DBTeen is a dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) program for young people aged 14-18 who exhibit difficulty regulating their emotions and behaviour. A parent or adult carer must also commit and attend all 12 sessions with the young person.
Young people who are already receiving hospital and community mental health services (eg: CAMHS, CMHT, CATT, hospital inpatient) are inelligible.
For more information on eligibility, see our brochure below.
Lifeline WA is offering 12-week DBTeen skills groups which will cover the following key components:
There is no charge. DBTeen is fully funded by the West Australian Primary Health Alliance.
Anyone can refer, including your GP, mental health professional or yourself. Following the referral, teens and their fellow adult participant attend a compulsory introduction session and an assessment with a Clinician to determine final admission to the program.
So, download, complete and return the DBTeen Referral Form to register.
I have looked forward each week to spending Saturday mornings with our DBT group, It has greatly helped my stress, confidence and ability to discuss things with my teenager. I am so grateful for the opportunity to do the course. - Adult Participant
Knowing other people my age are also dealing with similar issues gives me comfort in a weird sense. Learning more skills has helped me to have better alternatives to problem behaviours. - Teen Participant
My parents understand me better and I am able to regulate my emotions” - Teen Participant
One of our dads brought in a special cake for graduation. We had a great session. Needed way more time for monopoly! - DBTeen Clinician