A Life Worth Living . . . The DBT Journey Awaits at Midwest Center for Youth and Families & South Shore

Midwest Center opened its doors in 1997 and South Shore in 2006. Since then, we have been providing high quality care to patients from across the country in our therapeutic residential facility, Our full immersion Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program specializes in treating males and females, ages 6-20, with behavioral and mental health challenges.

“Your DBT program is life changing. It gave me my life back” 14 year old male

Our unique residential DBT program gives hope to families who care for a loved one that has pervasive emotional, behavioral, or psychiatric challenges that impact their functioning at home, in school, and within the community. We will help you and your family understand how DBT can take you on a journey which creates a life worth living.

DBT is an evidence-based treatment which teaches that while forces may seem to be in contradiction to one another, peace is found in the balance. It is not about being right, it is about being effective. Skill building is at the heart of DBT, and our programming teaches youth skills they need within the four modules to become effective in the journey of life:

  • Mindfulness
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • Distress Tolerance
  • Emotion Regulation

Studies have shown that DBT reduces the rate of self-injury and suicide attempts by encouraging residents to manage their issues without resorting to self-defeating behaviors.

“I felt sad, lost and hopeless when I was admitted to your program. I didn’t want to accept treatment and pushed staff away in every way I could. But they never gave up and I soon grew closer to the staff and began to work on my treatment. The staff helped me immensely and touched my heart. They saw me at my worst and still saw good in me.” 16 year old female

If you need additional information or just want to talk to us, we welcome the opportunity to help you find the answers you are looking for, and to assist you in your search for the right treatment option for your child. You can reach us at:

Phone: 888-629-3471 Fax: 219-766-0007

If your child is in immediate danger of harming themselves or others, please contact 911 for immediate assistance. Once your child is in a safe location, feel free to contact us.