Abbreviated DBT Skills Group (14 weeks)
The 14-week DBT Skills Group is an abbreviated version of DBT skills training that covers the essentials; it is an appropriate choice for those who have already done some DBT skills training and are looking for a DBT-skills refresher, and/or whose time and money are limited. DBT effectively treats borderline personality disorder (BPD), eating disorders, treatment-resistant depression, and a variety of other disorders. Marsha Linehan developed the DBT skills training approach with the overall goal of helping “individuals change behavioral, emotional, thinking, and interpersonal patterns associated with problems in living” (Linehan, 2014). At the core of DBT is the dialectic of acceptance and change; two modules are taught for each side of this dialectic. This group delivers skills that can help us: decrease our suffering, increase our happiness, increase our sense of freedom, increase our attentional control, experience reality without painful interpretations/assumptions, find balance in our lives, survive crises, understand our emotions, decrease our unjustified and ineffective emotions, decrease our vulnerability to negative emotions, increase our resilience, get us what we want, and improve our relationships.
Skills covered include:
• Mindfulness (2 weeks)—wise mind, observe, describe, participate, nonjudgmentalness, one-mindfulness, and effectiveness.
• Distress Tolerance (4 weeks)—minority stress for sexual and gender minorities, changing body chemistry, distracting, self-soothing, improving the moment, radical acceptance, turning the mind, willingness, mindfulness of current thoughts, and alternate rebellion.
• Emotion Regulation (4 weeks)—what emotions do, model for describing emotions, accumulating positive emotions, building mastery, coping ahead, mindfulness of current emotions, and opposite action.
• Interpersonal Effectiveness (4 weeks)—factors that get in the way of interpersonal effectiveness, objectives effectiveness, relationship effectiveness, self-respect effectiveness, and evaluating options (the dime game).
Monday evenings, October 2023 to January 2024 / led by Lauren Clapp, DBT Therapist and TBD, DBT Intern
Thursday evenings, October 2023 - January 2024 / led by Chrissandra Andra, DBT Therapist/DBT Program Manager/Clinical Supervisor and TBD, DBT Intern
Fee: DBT groups have a tiered pricing structure ranging from $10 to $160 per week. Detailed information about the tiered pricing of DBT skills groups offered at our practice is on this page.
You are eligible for this group if:
• You've attended a DBT skills group and/or are receiving DBT(-informed) individual therapy.
• You’re attending regular, individual therapy.
• You're willing to attend group on a regular basis (missing no more than 2 meetings in a row).
• You're willing to avoid coming to group under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
• You're willing to practice skills outside of group.
• You're willing to keep information obtained during group (including the names of fellow participants) strictly confidential.
• You're willing to call/email providers ahead of time when you will arrive late or miss a meeting.
• You're willing to avoid private relationships with fellow group members.
• You're willing to pay your bill.
Note: If attending via Zoom, we require you to attend from a private space to preserve the confidentiality of fellow group members. Additionally, we ask that you have access to technology that allows you to: (A) see material (e.g., teaching slides, teaching videos, fellow members, etc.) on a screen; (B) listen to facilitators and participants; (C) participate with your camera on; and (D) participate with your microphone on.