DBT Skills Group – A DBT Skills Group use specific skills that are broken down into four skill modules: core mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance. The DBT Skills Group has been developed to help those in recovery learn and apply productive skills that will decrease emotional dysregulation and unhealthy reactions to strong emotions.
Participants in the DBT Skills Group will master the following four skill sets:
Mindfulness Skills: Group members learn to observe, describe and participate in thoughts, sensations, emotions and external phenomenon without judging these experiences as “good” or “bad.” Mindfulness skills are essential to successful advancement in the DBT Program.
Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills: Participants learn to successfully assert their needs and manage conflict in their relationships. This is accomplished through learning and practicing highly effective interpersonal skills.
Emotion Regulation Skills: Emotional regulation skills help participants identify and manage emotional reactions in healthy and adaptive ways. The tools learned in this module help reduce the negative emotional surge that may result from an adverse event.
Distress Tolerance Skills: Group members learn ways to accept and tolerate distress without resorting to negative or destructive behaviors.