Life Skills Group Training (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is shown to help clients who have persistent struggles with the regulation of intense emotions, such as depression, anxiety, and anger; it’s also highly effective for treating eating disorders, substance use, and many other chronic struggles that clients deal with in daily life. DBT offers clients the opportunity to build skills in four important areas: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Six additional modules cover skill-building related to dialectics (finding the middle path between extremes), cognitive modification, problem-solving, addictions, building a satisfying life, and social media. These are skills we all need to make our lives easier and more enjoyable

DBT participants are expected to learn and practise skills; this can be accomplished through a combination of weekly skills training, regular individual therapy, and the using of new skills in daily life. As they add to their skills and connect skills to other skills, clients gradually form chains of new behaviours that allow them to create more meaningful and satisfying lives—the guiding goal of DBT therapy. The key ingredient for successful DBT therapy is a commitment to engaging fully in the process. If you will work the skills, the skills will work!

Cindy Darwin is certified in DBT, and would like to invite you to consider joining Perspectives Counselling's first-ever offering of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) group skills training. Depending on interest level, the plan is to begin this group in October of 2022, and offer it on an ongoing basis, with new participants welcomed in October, January, and April. Depending on the preference of the majority of participants, weekly sessions will take place either in person in our reception space, or virtually, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., on Wednesday nights. (Thursday night is also a possibility.) To facilitate a sense of cohesion and comfort, groups will run with a minimum of six participants and be limited to eight participants.

Participants will be required to commit to attending all ten sessions in a term. One missed session per term, for non-medical reasons, is permitted. In the best interest of all clients, those who miss more than one session per term, other than for reasons related to illness, will be asked to withdraw from the term. Refunds will not be given for missed sessions. The $500 cost of a ten-session term is due upon registration. Receipts will be billed under the designation, "Group Dialectical Behavior Therapy," and may be eligible for coverage under your extended health care plan. Please check with your provider.

2022-2023 Term and Session Dates:

Term One – October 5, 12, 19; November 2, 9 16, 30; December 7, 14, 21

Term Two – January 4, 11, 18; February 1, 8, 15; March 1, 8, 15, 22

Term Three – April 5, 12, 19; May 3, 10, 17, 24; June 7, 14, 21

Each year, Perspectives’ DBT group skills training will cover skills from nine of the ten modules. Continual or intermittent enrolment is possible. However, while it is not necessary to complete every term and module over the course of a year, it is preferable so that, over time, clients can build an extensive repository of life skills that will give them the best possible means of managing their counselling concerns. 

To register for DBT group skills training, please contact Cindy via email to indicate your preferred format (in-person or virtual) and method of payment (credit card or e-Transfer). Payment is due upon registration; however, if for any reason the group does not run, your fee will be fully refunded. You will also receive a refund for any individual sessions cancelled by the facilitator. Note: DBT groups foster the development of skills, and are meant to be an adjunct to, rather than replacement for, your individual therapy. It could work well for you to see your individual therapist monthly, while you attend weekly DBT group skills training. And, so that we can begin in October, registration for term one will close at the end of August; for term two, at the end of November; and for term three, at the end of February.

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