Steps Program for Young Adults

Home Treatment & Wellness Treatment Programs Steps Program for Young Adults

Admission is now open for this outpatient program which is designed for young adults who have difficulty regulating emotions and behaviors and present with multiple problems. This is a six-week program that meets four days a week. Entry into the program is possible every Monday.

The Steps Program for Young Adults

Accepted participants will meet the following criteria:

  • Age 18-26, high school graduate
  • Primary diagnosis of mood or anxiety disorder
  • Participants may experience suicidal ideation and/or engage in self-injurious behaviors; however, they have no intent to commit suicide and are willing to seek assistance during times of stress.
  • Exclusionary criteria: primary diagnosis of substance abuse, severe cognitive limitations, or violent behavior.

PART 1: Young Adult Individual therapy + Skills Training:

Young adults between the ages of 18 and 26 will meet for 6 weeks, 4 mornings per week, Monday through Thursday, 10 am to 12:30 pm. Participants must commit to the full six weeks of skills training. New members may join at the beginning of each module. Individual sessions to be scheduled weekly. After-hours skills coaching will be provided by the individual therapist. Skills-training will include: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and other skills related to self management.

PART 2: Individual therapy + DBT Skills Generalization/Executive Function Group:

Young adults who have completed the skills training portion of SU-DBT will meet for two groups per week aimed at increasing DBT skills and skills related to organization, planning, and self management. Tuesday/Thursday, 1-3 pm. Minimum commitment to skills generalization group is three weeks. After three weeks, young adults have the option of decreasing skills generalization to one group per week. Individual sessions to be scheduled weekly.

Coordinating Parent Program:

Parents are encouraged to join a 14-week skills/support group designed to help parents navigate their relationship with their young adult. Parent management training, couples therapy, or individual therapy for parents may be recommended on a case-by-case basis for an additional fee. Parent coaching will be provided by the parent management therapist or individual therapist. Founded in 2004 by Drs. Lata K. McGinn and Alec L. Miller, leaders in the fields of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, the CBC team in Westchester and Manhattan provides a large array of Clinical and Wellness services to the public and builds on these methodologies to provide custom designed programs to schools, agencies, and businesses, as well as Continuing Education for Professionals in the field of psychology.

Meet The Course Director:

Dr. Suzanne Davino, with nearly a decade of experience running Dialectical Behavior Therapy partial hospital programs, will lead the program which was co-developed with Dr. Alec Miller, co-founder of Cognitive and Behavioral Consultants.

Suzanne Davino, Ph.D., Director of DBT Intensive Programs at CBC, is a full-time licensed clinical psychologist and provides CBT and DBT through individual, family, couple, and group modalities to clients of all ages. Prior to joining CBC, Dr. Davino was the Director of the Partial Hospitalization Programs at Four Winds Hospital where she ran DBT-based day programs for children, adolescents, and adults for over a decade.

She has a B.A. in psychology from SUNY Cortland, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Binghamton University. She completed her doctoral internship at the VA Medical Center in Syracuse, NY. Dr. Davino is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy since 2008, with extensive experience adapting DBT to short-term, intensive settings. Dr. Davino’s expertise is in applying emotion regulation therapy to individuals of all ages who demonstrate multi-problem behaviors, as well as those who have borderline personality disorder and who engage in suicidal and self-injurious behaviors. Dr. Davino has presented research at conferences on a variety of topics including visual imagery, sleep disorders, intelligence testing, and the relationship between mindfulness and rumination. Dr. Davino is an active member of the Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies and a Founding Member of the New York City Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Association.


Make an Appointment or a Referral

Please contact our Director of Intake Services at 212-595-9559 (ext.5) or 914-385-1150 (ext.1), or fill out the form above, with any questions regarding eligibility, for further information, or to make a referral. If you are a current patient at CBC, please speak to your individual therapist to see how this group may be of added benefit to you.