Emotional regulation: skills acquisition and support group

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The group is based on DBT skills training, working on cultivating awareness of our limiting emotions, tolerance to distress, wise reasoning, interpersonal skills and building a meaningful and positive narrative.

Why a Group Setting?

Many scientific studies have shown the power of groups when managing with difficult emotions and social issues.
It is also a way to train emotion regulation and social skills in a more realistic environment; it reinforces the generalization of these skills in our daily lives.

How are Sessions Structured?

Sessions are semi structured, this means there will be a part of each session devoted to the formal presentation of a skill or set of skills and another devoted to collaboration, in which we can create a non judgemental environment in which we can express ourselves and help other from our experiences.

For Who?

  • Highly sensitivity adults between 18-70
  • Dealing with difficult emotions such as anxiety, depression, irritability, and insecurities.
  • Struggling with social issues, feeling vulnerable or irritated easily.
  • Who are interested in building together a new way to manage our emotions and create the life we want to live.

Duration of the Program

13 weeks

More Information about DBT
«DBT is a broad based cognitive behavioural treatment. Recognising the role of difficulties in regulating emotions (both over and under control), DBT pursues the goal of changing behavioural, emotional, thinking and interpersonal patterns associated with problems in living.» Linehan, M. (2015). DBT skills training Manual. Second edition. New York. Guilford press.

Skills groups have been designed as a nonjudgmental collaborative environment in which its member can learn to increase their emotional awareness and understanding, minimise negative and dysfunctional thought patterns and behaviours and finally, develop new coping and problems-solving skills.

The Four Modules of Dialectical Behavioural Skills Groups are

Core mindfulness: The first of the four primary modules of DBT, this concept involves learning to observe one’s emotions, describe those emotions, and fully participate in present experiences.

Interpersonal effectiveness: The second core component of DBT is focused on assertiveness skills and strategies to ask for what we need, set boundaries and say no when appropriate, and deal more effectively with interpersonal conflict.

Distress tolerance: The third module entails the group developing non-judgmental acceptance of us as well as our current situation. The focus is on learning to accept the present reality and to tolerate crises, and making use of strategies such as distraction, self-soothing, improving the moment.

Emotion regulation: The final module of DBT consists of three main goals: to understand one’s emotions, reduce emotional vulnerability, and decrease emotional suffering. With this in mind, some of the specific skills taught in DBT include identifying and labelling emotions as well as evaluating: events that prompt the emotion, interpretations that trigger the emotion, how the emotion is experienced, how the emotion is expressed behaviourally, and the aftereffects of the emotion.

The Four Functions of DBT Groups

Enhance behavioral capabilities: regulate emotions, experience the present moment, improve interpersonal interactions, and better tolerate distressing situations.

Improve motivation to changes: DBT supports clients’ motivation to change by tracking and reducing detrimental behaviors, thereby increasing quality of life.

Generalize capabilities to other environments: In order for the client to make progress, the skills learned in the group we be transferred to a wide variety of situations.

Enhance therapist motivation: The DBT model encourages the use of support, validation, feedback, and encouragement between members of the group to avoid burnout and improve their effectiveness.