DBT Skills Groups & Parenting Young Adults

For more information or to join any of these groups
call (216) 544-1321, ext. 2010;
or email


LGBTQ+ support

Online group counseling for LGBTQIA+ teens

Youth AFFIRM is a highly effective evidence-based therapeutic group based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that helps LGBTQIA+ teens improve their general wellbeing and learn coping skills to manage stress. Open to teens in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, it meets online on Tuesdays at 6 pm.

The Helpful Parent and Challenging Teen/Adult Child

Tuesdays noon-1 pm
Online via Zoom for Healthcare
A 4-session course for loving parents:
Guidance on changing maladaptive patterns with vulnerable children

Many loving, caring parents do tasks for their children that they believe are helpful:

  • Making calls or appointments for their child
  • Looking for volunteer or employment opportunities for their child
  • Lowering or removing family expectations that make their child upset
  • Avoiding or ignoring their child’s unmet tasks that are likely within their ability

Sometimes these well-intentioned actions end up becoming a barrier to the teen or adult child’s growth and independence. We often hear, “But if I don’t [make the meal, schedule the doctor appointment, etc.], my kid will never do it on their own.”

These parents often feel stuck and frustrated. They don’t know what to do (or what NOT to do) to make meaningful changes at home for themselves or their child.

In four sessions, this course teachers parents:

  1. How maladaptive patterns come about in the first place, and ways to redefine how you provide support.
  2. How to interact with your children with less contention and manage the stress that comes with changing expectations
  3. How to establish or change household expectations that are within reason for each family member.
  4. How to take actions that encourage both support and independence.

New Jersey skills group

The Center for Evidence Based Treatment is pleased to offer a New Jersey multifamily skills group for adolescents ages 13-17 and their family members.
The group is offered online, and runs Tuesday evenings from 5:45 pm to 7:15pm. It’s facilitated by an independently licensed DBT-Linehan Board Certified Clinician who is based in New Jersey. 
Skills-only clients are welcome if they are established with an individual DBT therapist in the community.
This skills group is open to families dealing with a wide range of disorders, and is well suited to those who need some extra support and structure in the treatment of eating disorders. 
For more information, contact Intake Coordinator Jeremy Kauffman by email or phone (216) 544-1321, ext. 2010.

DBT Skills Groups

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment developed to help individuals that struggle with tolerating stress, focusing attention, controlling strong emotions, and maintaining effective relationships.

The skills taught in each session include Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness.

Multi-Family Skills groups, attended by both adolescents and their parents, include an additional module of “Middle Path” skills.

All DBT skills are designed to address mood changes, anxiety states, suicidal and self-harming urges and behaviors, and reduce interpersonal conflict while increasing tolerance to stress and strong emotion. 

We ask clients to commit to attending group sessions for a minimum of six months to learn all the skills. Attendees must also commit to meeting with their therapist regularly (clients with their own community therapist are welcome).  

All DBT skills groups are held online. Our team of group facilitators are licensed to practice in over 36 states through both PSYPACT licensure and individual licensing boards. Please call and ask directly if you have any questions about our ability to provide treatment within your state of residence.  

Types of skills groups we offer: 

  • Adolescents (ages 12-18 plus at least one parent/caregiver) 
  • Adults (18+) 
  • Young Adult (ages 18-25) 

Parenting Young Adults

Failure to Launch Support Group

Thursdays noon-1pm
Online via Zoom for Healthcare

As a parent, what do you do when your grown son or daughter seems stuck making a successful transition to adulthood? You don’t want to stand by helplessly as your child struggles. But how can you find the right balance of being supportive without doing all the work?

Too often, there isn’t a place where parents can talk freely about their struggling adult child – especially when it seems everyone else’s children are moving ahead as planned.

CEBTOhio’s weekly education and support group for parents is designed to provide that space. It offers timely evidenced-based education on the dynamics between parents and stuck adult children. Informed by SPACE treatment and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, the group teaches the principals of accommodation while offering concrete skills to manage the stress of parenting an adult child.

Specific education is provided to help parents re-define ways to provide support. This includes managing the stress of emotions, and concerns about accepting  or changing household expectations that are within reason for each family.

Each week, parents or caregivers share their accomplishments and challenges in supporting their young adult. In this environment, participants receive valuable feedback and support from each other. Also, new topics are introduced weekly by the facilitator. The group is highly interactive and is designed to give members an opportunity to learn new skills in a supportive way.


Amy Kalasunas, LPCC-S, NCC, CCMHC, DBT-LBC Certified Clinician
Chief Operating Officer and Director of DBT Training and Services

Kalasunas has worked with parents in individual and group settings for decades, helping them tackle and successfully overcome difficult dynamics with their children.

Per session fee: $90 for 1 or 2 parents

Parents of Multi-diagnostic Eating Disordered Children

Wednesdays noon-1pm
Online via Zoom for Healthcare


Dr. Lucene Wisniewski, Ph.D., FAED
Practice Leader

Amy Kalasunas, LPCC-S, NCC, CCMHC, DBT-LBC Certified Clinician
Chief Operating Officer and Director of DBT Training and Services

Per session fee: $90 for 1 or 2 parents

Getting Unstuck Parent Coaching

A package for those who prefer a one-on-one setting to learn the information provided in the Parenting Young Adults Support Group. It consists of 5 sessions, beginning with an initial assessment and 4 follow-on meetings, typically scheduled weekly. 

The work is tailored to individual family circumstances. It offers undivided focus on complex dynamics and is flexible to your scheduling needs.  

DBT Skills Groups & Parenting Young Adults

For more information or to join any of these groups
call (216) 544-1321, ext. 2010;
or email