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Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy to Develop Life Skills Inside and Outside the Classroom

By: Nicholas Wren, M.Ed, LCP Clinical Director, LOGOS School

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based approach that teaches life skills to clients with a number of mental health issues. The approach was originally developed by Marsha Linehan in the 1990s to treat Borderline Personality Disorder. This behavioral therapy is commonly used in a variety of different settings, including the school setting. DBT skills training is broken down into four modules: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.  

Mindfulness skills teach students to pay attention, focus on specific tasks, and provide methods for relaxation. The goal is to establish a keen awareness of one's self and their environment. Distress tolerance skills give clients healthy coping skills to deal with emotional suffering and accepting situations that cannot be changed. Emotional regulation skills train kids and teenagers to manage their emotions. Interpersonal effectiveness teaches relationship and communication skills.  

As a therapeutic school, LOGOS has found success incorporating DBT into the daily academic setting. Our students receive individual and group therapy, and they have access to additional therapeutic support rooms throughout their school day. Our clinical staff teach these life skills to assist a students ability to manage themselves, promoting academic success and stability.

LOGOS School is an independent academic and therapeutic school that serves the greater St. Louis region. Our unique program and environment benefits students in grades 6-12 whose intellectual and emotional needs have not been met in a traditional classroom. Through individualized academics, innovative 1:1 and group therapy, and parent involvement, we help our students navigate their daily life challenges while preparing them for college or a career.

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