A core mode of intervention within DBT is the skills group, whereby clients are taught more skillful ways to regulate their emotions, effectively manage the distressing situations in their lives, and improve and maintain relationships with the people around them. These skills are taught in a weekly skills group for adults and in a multi-family skills group for the adolescent population. There is currently evidence that supports decreases in problematic behaviour and increases in adaptive coping by implementing skills group as a stand-alone intervention; this has resulted even in the application of DBT Skills within the education system.
By the end of Part 1, participants will be able to:
- Understand the mode and function of skills training within the overall treatment framework.
- Understand the difference between “group therapy” and DBT skills group.
- Clearly define the different roles of skills group.
- Effectively prepare and implement the structure (including contingency) of skills group.
- Teach mindfulness and emotion regulation skills.
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