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FREE Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Group for Adults in the Kink, Poly, trans, GNC/NB, LGBQ, and Sex Work Communities

February 12 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until July 15, 2020


As an evidence-based treatment, DBT has been proven to effectively treat borderline personality disorder (BPD), eating disorders, treatment-resistant depression, and a variety of other disorders; “the overall goal of DBT skills training is to help individuals change behavioral, emotional, thinking, and interpersonal patterns associated with problems in living” (Linehan, 2015). DBT skills group as stand-alone treatment also has many benefits (Linehan, Korslund, Harned, Gallop, Lungu, Neacsiu, McDavid, Comtois, & Murray-Gregory, 2015; Valentine, Bankoff, Poulin, Reidler, & Pantalone, 2014); these include positive changes in psychosocial functioning and coping, depressive symptoms, behavioral dyscontrol, disordered eating, and emotional processing and regulation. A dialectic at the core of DBT is that of acceptance and change; two modules are taught for each side of this dialectic: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. In this group, we will work toward improving attentional control, identifying and changing emotional responses, responding effectively to interpersonal wants and conflicts, and identifying and responding to crises without making the situation worse (Valentine et al., 2014).

Please note: Participation in this group requires pre-screening. This is a six-month commitment, and you will be asked (in your pre-screening) if you intend on completing the full six months of group. Group leads may ask for a referral from your therapist.

Mindfulness: 2 weeks (2/5-2/12)
Distress Tolerance: 6 weeks (2/19-3/25)
Mindfulness: 2 weeks (4/1-4/8)
Emotion Regulation: 7 weeks (4/15-5/27)
Mindfulness: 2 weeks (6/3-6/10)
Interpersonal Effectiveness: 5 weeks (6/17-7/15)


February 12
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Chrissandra Andrae, LMSW
Lauren Clapp, LMSW