Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training Group

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is proven to help patients achieve a life worth living. DBT is geared toward individuals who experience difficulty regulating their emotions, tolerating distress, and having healthy interpersonal relationships. It balances the need for the person to make changes along with respect for how painful life is for them. DBT teaches four skill modules: Mindfulness, Distress tolerance, Emotion regulation, and Interpersonal relationship skills. DBT is a well-established treatment for borderline personality disorder, substance abuse, binging, and other problems which include emotion dysregulation. Research shows that those who have successfully completed DBT programs are more likely to have strong interpersonal relationships, find employment, and stop having thoughts of self -harm. In addition, they experience reductions in suicidal behavior and thoughts, hopelessness, depression, drug and alcohol problems, and binge eating.

Effective DBT treatment includes both individual psychotherapy and participation in a weekly skills training group. Lindner Center of HOPE Professional Associates offers a DBT skills training group for patients who are being treated at the Center as well as for those referred by external mental health clinicians.

Lindner Center of HOPE Professional Associates adult DBT skills groups are scheduled weekly and patients are expected to make a commitment to 24 consecutive weeks of attendance, not missing more than 4 sessions in a row. The adolescent skills group for ages 14-18, runs 18 consecutive weeks. To achieve the most benefit, it is recommended that the primary clinician, obtain some information about the DBT skills taught so effective support and coaching is available to the patient during their treatment.

Patients must be in individual therapy during the course of the group. To obtain full benefit, it is recommended patients see their outpatient provider weekly as patients often have questions about integrating the skills into their life.

The adult DBT Skills groups are scheduled as follows at Lindner Center of HOPE, 4075 Old Western Row Rd., Mason (check-in in the Welcome Center) (this information is subject to change):

  • Tuesdays: 4:00
  • Wednesdays: 3:00 and 6:00
  • Thursdays: 3:30
  • The adolescent group may run on Mondays or Tuesdays: 3:30

Each group has certain dates when they open to new members. The average group size is 8 to 12 members. Patients will choose a day and time and remain in that group for 6 months. Sessions range from one hour to one and a half hours. All groups have a fee of $66/group which may be covered by insurance.

Groups are led by specially trained staff, including Brett Dowdy, PsyD, Chief of Psychological Services; Jennifer Farley, PsyD, Staff Psychologist; Shannon Jensen, LISW-S, Outpatient Therapist; and Sherry Knapp-Brown, PhD, CAS, APA-CP, Staff Psychologist and Certified Addictions Specialist.

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