GROUP TREATMENT AT DASC
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 skills groups with 6-8 week modules
- Mondays from 11:00-12:30pm Contact: Molly McLeese, LCPC 773-242-9104 email@example.com
- Mondays from 6:00-7:30pm Contact: Tony Bates, LSW, JD 773-688-8256 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tuesdays from 12:30-2:00pm Contact: Becky Martin, LPC 872-205-6176 BMartin@dascchicago.org
- Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30pm Contact: Kerry Curran, LCSW 708-949-6705 email@example.com
- Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30pm Contact: Caroline Burke, LCSW 312-775-2779 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Every other Friday from 4:30-6:00pm **Advanced group Contact: Katie Schaefer Berg, Ph.D. 630-386-6287 email@example.com
- Thursday from 12:45-1:45pm **At the downtown office Contact: Jaclyn Goldman, LSW. 847-641-0811 JGoldman@dascchicago.net
Teen skills group with 6-8 week modules
This group is modeled after Rathaus and Miller’s (2014) “DBT Skills Manual for Adolescents”, which outlines a protocol for teens from Marsha Linehan’s Dialectical Behavioral Therapy treatment. This group consists of five four-week long modules, including Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Walking the Middle Path, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness skills. This group requires individuals to participate in individual therapy, as well, and requires participants to commit to one module at a time during treatment. This group additionally requires a participant’s caregiver to attend the first session of each module with their teen. This group aims to support teens who struggle with, but is not limited to, emotion dysregulation, self-harm, and difficulty maintaining relationships.
Mondays from 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Contact: Jaclyn Goldman, LSW
Embracing Your Body
This body image group utilizes cognitive-based therapies to assist individuals who are struggling with eating disorders, body image and overall self-image in learning and practicing self-compassion, vulnerability, and self-acceptance. Individuals ages 17 and older participating in this group may exhibit disordered eating (restricting or binge eating), eating disorder behaviors such as purging, over-exercise, or laxative abuse, self-harm, isolation, avoidance, an abundance of critical/negative self-talk, feelings of unworthiness or hopelessness. This group aims to provide a space for adults in recovery from eating disorders and/or struggling with negative body image and self worth to learn coping strategies in order to tolerate distress, practice mindfulness and acceptance within the present moment, and create goals in line with their values in order to work towards creating a meaningful life that they feel is worth living.
Mondays from 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Values and Committed Action in Eating Disorder Recovery
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.
Wednesdays 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Contact: Katie Lenahan, LCPC
Mindful Yoga and Body Movement Group
The first Monday of each month from 6:00 – 7:30 pm
The 3rd floor of our Lakeview location at the Chicago Yoga Center, 3047 N. Lincoln Ave #320, Chicago 60657
Exposure Treatment Groups
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.
Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00pm
Thursdays 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Contact: Lauren Neaman, Psy.D.
OCD Support Group
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.
1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month is a support group for individuals with OCD needing skills work.
2nd and 4th Tuesdays have topical talks with OCD experts from the community
Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Contact: Becky Martin, LPC
*Please contact group leader via phone or email for building access code and directions prior to attending group
Hoarding and Acquiring Group
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.
Contact: Zinal Patel
Social Anxiety Groups
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.
Mondays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Contact: Lauren Neaman, Psy.D., ACT
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.