Children spend most of their time with their parents or caregivers. For this reason, it is imperative that parents and caregivers receive appropriate parent guidelines, to help support the progress attained by the therapist. It is not enough to have the therapist work with the child. You as the parents, know your child the best, so it is important for you as well to understand your child’s goals, and how to efficiently intervene so that your child will improve his or her behavior, not only with the therapist but also with you.
For this reason, the therapist will take time during sessions to train you, as parents or caregivers, in all the interventions that are currently being used for your child.
This will ensure maintenance and generalization within your own household and the community so that you can see good progress from your child, even when the therapist is not present. In addition, this ensures that your child’s newly learned behavior will continue to improve, during the program, and after your child has achieved all the goals, and is eventually discharged. DBT emphasizes the ultimate complete independence of each client.