Outpatient DBT Skills Groups
DBT uses a two-pronged approach to help emotionally dysregulated individuals live a satisfying, meaningful life that is consistent with their values. The DBT skills are taught and practiced in a group setting. Each group member learns the skills and then shares with other members how they did using the skills. Members benefit from their own efforts and learn from what others have done.
The individual therapy follows the protocol that has been extensively evaluated over the past 30 years. The individual DBT therapist helps the client develop plans and strategies to manage their life more effectively , using the skills learned in the group sessions.
Formal outpatient DBT consists of a weekly skills group to learn the skills, and a weekly individual session with a therapist trained in DBT, to apply the skills to the clients individual circumstances.
Outpatient DBT groups offered at SLBMI are as follows:
Monday 5:30pm – 6:45pm at 1129 Macklind Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110
Wednesday 5:30pm – 6:45pm at 1129 Macklind Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110
Saturday 10:15am 11:45am 1129 Macklind Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110
The weekly skills groups last one hour and fifteen minutes. The groups work through each DBT skill module (Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation), which takes six months to be introduced to all the skills. There are so many skills and some have several elements to them; no one can absorb all of the information hearing about the skills the first time. We ask that people commit to participating for at least 6 months, but recommend going through the teaching sequence at least twice.
Each group begins with a mindfulness exercise which is followed by a brief check-in, homework review, skills teaching, and end with a homework assignment. Assigned homework is designed to reinforce the skills taught in group that day.
Skills Taught In Outpatient Skills Group
|Interpersonal Effectiveness||Distress Tolerance||Emotion Regulation|
Factors that Interfere
How to Ask or Say No
Factors to Consider
People to Like You
Mindfulness of Others
Walking the Middle Path
Recovering From Invalidation
Improve the Moment
Turn the Mind
Mindfulness of Current Thoughts
Body Scan Mediation
Sensory Awareness Dialectic Abstinence
What Emotions Do
What Makes It Hard To Regulate
Model for Describing Emotions
Myths About Emotions
Ways To Describe Emotions
Check the Facts
Managing Really Difficult Emotions
Mindfulness of Emotions
Troubleshooting & Review