DBT group in distress tolerance skills
There are four core DBT modules which can be attended as part of the full DBT programme or on a modular basis.
The eight-week distress tolerance module is centred on accepting difficult situations and emotions and finding ways to survive and tolerate the moment without engaging in problematic behaviours such as self-harm, conflict, substance misuse or other impulsive behaviours. You will learn how to respond to stressful and overwhelming emotions by engaging both your body and mind in the process. This module will cover both strategies of change and acceptance.
The 12-week emotion regulation module involves learning to recognise and label current emotions, identify obstacles to changing emotions, reduce emotional vulnerability and reactivity, increase positive emotions and harness a more positive long-term outlook, and change emotions that are unhelpful or unwarranted. This module will also teach you how to gradually decrease avoidance of feelings and become more comfortable experiencing emotions.
The eight-week interpersonal effectiveness module teaches strategies aimed at improving your communication in order to foster healthy relationships. You will learn skills to ask for what you need, say no, set boundaries and cope with interpersonal conflict in a way that influences others whilst enhancing the relationship and your self-respect. This module is of particular relevance to individuals who experience their relationships as chaotic, intense and unstable, and those who feel that their needs are never met in relationships.
The six-week core mindfulness and middle path module is designed to teach you how to increase your awareness levels, decrease reactivity and judgmentalness, focus better, train your attention, accept current moment experiences and be more compassionate towards yourself. This module provides foundational skills which you can build on in subsequent DBT modules which are described below. It will also teach you how to avoid taking extreme positions and instead acknowledge the validity of different positions and perspectives.
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DBT skills programme is facilitated by members of the Mind-Reframed team who received extensive training and expert supervision in dialectical behaviour therapy from the Linehan Institute. To find out more about us please go to www.mind-reframed.com/aboutus.