Tiatros and Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents

The Young Adult and Family Center, or YAFC, at UCSF Medical Center is dedicated to mental health services, clinical research, health education, outreach and public policy advocacy for the benefit of adolescents and young adults, ages 12-24, and their families.  Among other things, the YAFC offers a state-of-the-art Dialectical Behavior and Therapy for Adolescents, or DBT-A, program for troubled, high-risk teens and young adults.

Teens referred to the DBT-A program and their families require intensive treatment, typically involving weekly therapy sessions, multifamily skills group meetings, family counseling, and emergency coaching.  In order to reach successful patient outcomes, a team of doctors, family members, and even other peers suffering from the same mental illness must collaborate during the treatment process.

Tiatros gives the YAFC team the ability to coordinate all of the stakeholders within the complicated and time-consuming treatment process.  By linking everyone within the Tiatros platform, primary care doctors can coordinate with specialists, ensuring that the patient has a workable schedule, everyone is receiving the same information about the patient, no duplicate tests are conducted, and most importantly, that every care team member is on the same page about the patient’s care.  The patient’s family members, and even peers, are given the ability to discuss and share their progress and concerns within a community, further complimenting and supporting the patient’s medical treatment.

Above all, Tiatros empowers the patient as the center of the healing process.  It organizes everyone around taking care of the patient, creating a more efficient and effective care team.  Tiatros is thrilled to support this dynamic and innovative healthcare team that is working to solve some of the most difficult problems in adolescent mental health care.


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