This group also gives parents the opportunity to receive support and learn skills to help them cope with difficult situations.
When we meet
The Newberry Centre DBT skills group for parents meets once a week on a Thursday evening, between 4.30pm and 6.00pm. There are six sessions in total. Groups require family and carer involvement at appropriate numbers to run frequently.
Where we meet
These sessions take place in a relaxed setting in The Glades on the West Lane Hospital site.
Who will be there?
Other parents of young people staying at the Newberry Centre. The group is run by a Clinical Psychologist, and a member of the nursing staff from the Newberry.
Each session is based on an approach called dialectical behaviour therapy, which your young person will also have access to throughout their stay at the centre.
Evidence shows that this approach helps young people who:
- have difficulties in their relationships with others
- struggle in managing their emotions, which result in self harm and suicide attempts.
The sessions will teach you:
- how to recognise extreme thinking and behaving
- how to find a middle ground
- how to understand your young person’s perspective
- how to change your young person’s behaviour using rewards and consequences
- how to manage crisis and self-harm
- mindfulness skills to help you learn how to focus on the here and now.
Parents will be given opportunities to contribute to the group and discuss the skills they have learnt from the previous week.
Why is this helpful?
The group gives parents the opportunity, and space, to discuss what they are finding difficult. Hearing from other parents going through similar things can be helpful as it reminds you that you are not alone.
The group also teaches you skills to use with your young person.
“This group has been really useful and boosted my confidence greatly”
From a parent
This group empowers parents to learn skills and find solutions; it is not used to judge anyone.
Please do not hesitate to ask staff if you have any thoughts or questions about this information.
|Date last updated:||07 / 2018|
|Archive date:||07 / 2021|
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