GROUP TREATMENT AT DASC
For more information or to enroll in any of our groups, please call McKenzie Owen at 773-494-5505
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Each group is structured after Marsha Linehan’s Dialectical Behavioral Therapy treatment. Individuals who participate in DBT groups must also participate in individual therapy. Each group consists of four modules, including Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness skills. Each module lasts six to eight weeks and individuals are asked to commit to treatment one module at a time. These groups aim to support individuals who experience emotion dysregulation and lack effective coping skills.
DASC also offers a graduate/advanced DBT group for adults that meets every other week. This group is also structured after Marsha Linehan’s Dialectical Behavioral Therapy protocol. It is an advanced group for those who have been through all of the DBT skills modules and who are ready to delve more into the application of skills as well as practice teaching the skills themselves in the group.
Adult closed DBT groups
DASC offers adult DBT groups that meet weekly on:
● Mondays from 11:00am-12:30pm
● Tuesdays from 12:30pm-2:00pm
● Wednesdays from 4:00pm-5:30pm
● Wednesdays from 6:00pm-7:30pm
● Thursday from 12:15pm-1:45pm **At the downtown office
Introduction to Essential DBT Skills
Mondays from 6:00pm-7:30pm
This is an open group that provides individuals with an introduction to the material
discussed in closed DBT groups. It can be helpful for those who are wanting to
experience a DBT group prior to making the commitment to participate in a closed
DBT group. It can also be helpful in providing individuals with distress tolerance,
mindfulness and emotion regulation skills immediately while waiting for a closed
DBT group’s next module to start.
Advanced DBT Group
Wednesdays from 6:00pm-7:30pm
DASC also offers a graduate/advanced DBT group for adults who have completed
all of the DBT skills modules and who are ready to delve more into the application
of skills as well as practice teaching the skills themselves in the group. This group
is also structured after Marsha Linehan’s Dialectical Behavioral Therapy protocol.
Teen Stress Less Group
Tuesdays from 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Stress Less is a processing group for adolescents. This group provides teens with a safe space in which they can feel comfortable to share about struggles that their peers are also experiencing. Stress Less draws from frameworks such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to learn ways to enhance coping, improve relationships, build self-esteem, and develop hope.
Mindfulness Intensive Group
Third Monday of each month from 6:00pm-7:30pm
This group supports individuals in learning how to implement Mindfulness and integrate it into their daily life. This groups aims to support individuals in learning
how to non-judgmentally observe and effectively respond to challenging thoughts, sensations, and emotions.
Mindful Yoga and Body Movement Group
First Monday of each month from 6:00pm-7:30pm
This group utilizes Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to support adults with mood disorders, eating disorders and anxiety disorders in engaging in yoga,
mindfulness, and body movement. This group aims to provide additional mindfulness practice, while also teaching various breathing exercises and yoga poses to increase a sense of positive connection to one’s body.
Thursdays from 5:00pm-6:30pm
The ACT Group is focused on helping clients become more aware of thoughts and emotions that get in the way of valued action. It works on helping clients learn how
to have a different relationship with their thoughts and emotions in order to decrease the negative impact of these internal experiences on their lives. Clients
will learn and practice mindfulness-based skills and techniques aimed at decreasing their struggle with their emotional discomfort. Simultaneously, this group is
focused on helping clients build awareness of their personal values and setting goals to help them move towards the life they want for themselves.
Adult Social Anxiety Groups
Mondays from 6:00pm-8:00pm
Thursdays from 6:00pm-8:00pm
DASC offers two social anxiety groups that are 12-week, closed groups for adults who experience social anxiety and find themselves avoiding social situations. The
group structure was created through Hoffman and Otto’s (2008) group protocol outlined in “Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder: Evidence-based and Disorder Specific Treatment Techniques.” This group incorporates additional evidence-based treatment, including mindfulness, values work, ACT metaphors, and exposures that utilize Craske’s research on inhibitory learning. Older adolescents may be able to join this group if deemed clinically appropriate.
Exposure Treatment Groups
Tuesdays from 5:30pm-7:00pm
Thursdays from 4:00pm-5:30pm
The exposure groups offer a time for individuals experiencing anxiety to engage in structured exposure. This group focuses on treating adults with anxiety disorders that are effectively treated using Exposure and Response Prevention, including OCD, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder. Often, it is challenging for people with anxiety to engage in exposures independently, so this group serves as an opportunity to practice in between individual sessions to target their anxiety/avoidance symptoms. This group’s philosophy is to support people in reducing their anxiety and living meaningful lives. Participants are required to be in individual therapy.
OCD Support Group
Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:30 pm
The OCD support group is an open group for individuals with OCD, families, and other supports. Each month includes open forum support groups and topical presentations by OCD experts from the community. The open forum meetings are based on Jonathon Grayson’s GOALS manual. RSVPs are required for this support group, though clients do not need to be in individual therapy to attend this group. Group does not meet on the 5th Tuesday of any month.
*Please contact group leader via phone or email for building access code and directions prior to attending group
Hoarding and Acquiring Group
Wednesdays from 12:00pm-1:30pm
In this group members learn to use exposure exercises and cognitive-behavioral techniques to overcome clutter in a supportive and nonjudgmental environment. Members learn why clutter is hard to overcome and skills to do it! Members also learn how to resist the temptation to collect too much stuff and how to decide which items to save.
Embrace Your Body Group
Mondays from 6:00pm-7:30pm
This closed group was developed for adults working towards recovery from eating disorders and body image inflexibility. The group has 3 core modules: Body Image, Self Compassion, and Shame and Vulnerability. Each module lasts approximately 12 weeks, and group members are asked to commit to the full module. Each module utilizes skills and themes from from CBT/ERP, DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). All modules include experiential and exposure work.
ED Values and Committed Action Group
Wednesdays from 5:00pm-6:00pm
This group aims to support individuals who are in recovery from an eating disorder and/or body image disturbance. This group pulls core components and skills from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to support individuals in engaging in valued action to supplement their recovery process. This group strives to support and hold group members accountable to increasing their valued action and strengthening their psychological flexibility.
Flourish groups are structured to provide short-term, intensive support, consisting of 8 to 10 weeks worth of material. The groups were developed to support a wide-range of concerns, ranging from anxiety and OCD to emotion dysregulation and interpersonal conflict. The groups may be tailored to fit an individual who would benefit more from CBT, as well as to fit the needs of someone seeking DBT services. The groups are structured to enhance one another when participating in more than one group. Together, the groups support individuals in understanding their unhelpful thoughts and behaviors and then gaining skills and strategies to create effective change in their lives.
For more information on Flourish, call us at 773-494-5505