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Advanced DBT Skills Group

In the Advanced Group, we will expand on each of the four categories. (List out the 4 categories) We will cover more complex skills and take time to focus on implementing these skills in your life.

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12 WEEK GROUP

Starting July 12th, Elliott Counseling Group will run a 12-week Advanced Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Group. It will take place every Tuesday evening from 6-7:30pmCT online. 

MEET OUR FACILITATOR

Wade Stark is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor LCPC), Certified Anger Management Counselor (CAMC), and Clinical Supervisor on our Leadership Team. One of Wade’s greatest passions is facilitating Group Therapy and witnessing how powerful a group can be for clients. His specialties include Anger Management, He received Anger Management training through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

MEET OUR CO-FACILITATOR

Rachel Fiore is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and serves Teletherapy clients at Elliott Counseling Group. She is also in the process of becoming a Certified Recovery Support Specialist. As a therapist, Rachel focuses on a holistic approach to client care. She utilizes several modalities such as trauma-informed, person-centered, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

MEET OUR INTERN

Lainey Emmons is our Chief Operating Officer (COO) and a clinical intern. She ensures that each department is integrated and in communication with one another. It is essential to her that our staff and clients are happy. She is also passionate about fueling the culture of our mental health agency and mentoring and supporting the leadership team.

Week 1: Review of Basic Skills Group

Highlights of this week:

  • Do an introduction to the Advanced DBT Skills Group.
  • Introduction of group members and group leaders
  • Recap what was covered in the Basic DBT Skills group to refresh everyone

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Week 2: Biosocial Theory in DBT

Highlights of this week:

  • We will cover what the biosocial theory is in DBT. In essence, biosocial theory suggests that there is a iological connection and vulnerability when it comes to emotions. Additionally, that connection is influenced by our social and environmental factors.
  • Discuss how trauma and our environment have the ability to change the brain.

Week 3: Emotions, Thoughts, and Behaviors

Highlights of this week:

  • First, we will cover behavioral chain analysis in more depth.  When doing a chain reaction analysis, a person uncovers the key areas (links) that ultimately resulted in problematic behavior. In doing this analysis you’ll gain insight into what areas contribute to the problematic behavior and solutions for changing that behavior.
  • Then we will talk about the mind-body connection. The idea of this holistic view is that you can’t take care of one without acknowledging it. Our physical health directly impacts our mental and emotional health. Your physical wellness can be armor against mental illnesses.
  • Lastly, we will go into mindfulness use. When practicing mindfulness, you’re focusing on the here and now. If a thought enters, whether about past or future or something else, you allow them to pass without contributing judgement

Week 4: Advanced Mindfulness

Highlights of this week:

  • First, we will talk about what advanced mindfulness is and how to put it to practice.
  • Then we will go over cognitive diffusion. The main goal of cognitive diffusion is to create separation between ourselves and our thoughts. Our attachments to negative thoughts can result in problematic behaviors and suffering.
  • Finally, we will teach and practice guided imagery. Through practicing imagery, you are able to change the moment.

Week 5: Advanced Mindfulness

Highlights of this week:

  • First, we will talk about what advanced mindfulness is and how to put it to practice.
  • Then we will go over cognitive diffusion. The main goal of cognitive diffusion is to create separation between ourselves and our thoughts. Our attachments to negative thoughts can result in problematic behaviors and suffering.
  • Finally, we will teach and practice guided imagery. Through practicing imagery, you are able to change the moment.

Week 6: Advanced Emotional Regulation

Highlights of this week:

  • Define and identify cognitive distortions that we use in our day-to-day life
  • Find ways that these thoughts tend to distort our reality
  • Learn to challenge these cognitive distortions to better regulate our emotions
  • Gain more insight into emotional regulation skills that will assist us in managing very intense or unwanted emotions

Week 7: Advanced Emotional Regulation

Highlights of this week:

  • Define and identify cognitive distortions that we use in our day-to-day life
  • Find ways that these thoughts tend to distort our reality
  • Learn to challenge these cognitive distortions to better regulate our emotions
  • Gain more insight into emotional regulation skills that will assist us in managing very intense or unwanted emotions

Week 8: Advanced Distress Tolerance

Highlights of this week:

  • Cover how to self-soothe with mindfulness and the five senses. For example, one way that you can remember this technique is to think of soothing all five of your senses.
  • Go over the concept of radical acceptance. This is the idea that it is our attachments and judgments that hold us back. With radical acceptance, you learn to non judgementally accept situations that are out of your control. By doing so, you heal more by letting go of the pain and suffering.

Week 9: Advanced Distress Tolerance

Highlights of this week:

  • Cover how to self-soothe with mindfulness and the five senses. For example, one way that you can remember this technique is to think of soothing all five of your senses.
  • Go over the concept of radical acceptance. This is the idea that it is our attachments and judgments that hold us back. With radical acceptance, you learn to non judgementally accept situations that are out of your control. By doing so, you heal more by letting go of the pain and suffering.

Week 10: Advanced Interpersonal Effectiveness

Highlights of this week:

  • We will cover how to use positive reinforcement as a powerful skill to change behavior.Cover how to self-soothe with mindfulness and the five senses. F

Week 11: Advanced Interpersonal Effectiveness

Highlights of this week:

  • We will cover how to use positive reinforcement as a powerful skill to change behavior.Cover how to self-soothe with mindfulness and the five senses. 

Week 12: Review Advanced DBT Skills & Group Closing

Highlights of this week:

  • First, we will review the skills learned
  • Then, answer any wrap-up questions
  • Finally, there will be an informal graduation ceremony and completion certificate provided