Preliminary Effectiveness of a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy - Adolescent Group Program Delivered in a Tertiary Care Setting.
There are growing numbers of adolescents presenting to tertiary mental health services with complex needs where existing treatment options have not been effective in reducing significant emotional and behaviour difficulties. This study will examine the effectiveness of the implementation a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Group Program for adolescents (DBT-A) in a tertiary care setting. Adolescents who participated in the first two years of the program implementation will be included. Using a case series design collecting measures at three points of the program, the study aims to understand whether individuals in the program experience a reduction in clinical symptomology. Although evidence is emerging around improved outcomes achieved through DBT-A, it is yet to be determined if such approaches are effective in a naturalistic setting in Australian with multi-diagnostic group participants.