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DBT for Tweens

Hope for youth at a vulnerable age

DBT for Tweens offers coordinated individual and multi-family group therapy services to youth, age 11 to 14, who have significant emotional/behavioral problems, and/or emerging personality disorders and/or who engage in self-harming behaviors. Our therapy program is designed to be an intensive long-term intervention with an average length of six-months to one-year or longer. The Tween DBT program is adapted to fit the needs of younger adolescents, including a shorter group time and slightly adapted skills and skills presentation to meet the needs of clients with a younger cognitive development status. 

DBT Intensive Outpatient Therapy Program components include weekly DBT Individual Therapy with phone coaching and weekly DBT Multi-Family Skills Group sessions. 



Volunteers of America-Minnesota
Vona Center for Mental Health
9220 Bass Lake Road
Suite 255
New Hope, MN 55428


Individual therapy hours: scheduled to meet the needs of the participant
Business office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
Weekly Multi-Family Skills Groups: (including the tween client and a parent/guardian) are held on Wednesday evenings from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m


Adolescents, ages 11-14, who have significant emotional/behavioral problems and/or emerging personality disorders, who engage in self-harming behaviors


Fees for DBT Intensive Outpatient Therapy services are billed to Medical Assistance, managed care companies and other third party payers.
The Volunteers of America Mental Health Clinic is enrolled as a provider with most insurance plans.


For services: call 763-225-4052

How we help


Vona's DBT - Intensive Outpatient Therapy Program team includes: a licensed psychologist, licensed independent social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, and licensed practitioners. Several team members have been intensively trained through Behavioral Tech, LLC and participated in the Practice Improvement Project through the Minnesota Department of Human Services to achieve program certification for DBT services.


The tween begins our program with weekly DBT Individual Therapy for orientation, to complete a comprehensive evaluation, and to secure a DBT Personal Agreement Contract that demonstrates commitment to the program. Therapy identifies prioritized and sequenced behavioral targets that are life threatening, therapy interfering and/or quality of life directed which are treated with DBT interventions, use of diary cards, and generalization of learning for situation specific behaviors.


The client will have twenty-four hour access to the individual DBT therapist for generalization of skills.


The tween and at least one parent (or guardian) meets weekly for a one-hour, multi-family skills training group. The skills group is a two hour weekly psychoeducational group aimed at teaching enhanced skills in the areas of: Core Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation and Distress Tolerance.

Consultation group

Each individual DBT therapist and skills trainer will participate in a ninety minute weekly consultation group to enhance clinician abilities and coordination of client programming.

For more information and referrals, contact Jamie Monson — Senior Clinical Manager
Phone: 763-225-4052