One of the core components of a comprehensive DBT program is the Skills Training group. Groups typically meet weekly for 1.5 - 2 hours. The group will be skills focused and oriented towards teaching new skills and working to make sure that they are practiced on a regular basis. Since the group is skills-focused, we will work to keep discussion during the group relevant to the skills being taught that particular week. DBT individual therapy is a requirement for all members of a group.
Adult DBT Skills Group
Enrollment in the group is open, meaning that new members may join at any time during the group and we are currently accepting new patients for our DBT program. Group membership is contingent on current individual treatment with a Durham DBT clinician. The group will last approximately 1.5 hours and cost $60/session.
Please contact us if you would like to join a group. You may also call Dr. Byars at (919) 578-8265.
Adolescent DBT Group
Dr. Lorie Ritschel leads our adolescent DBT program. She is currently offering a multifamily skills training group for adolescents and their caregivers on Monday evenings from 5:15 - 6:45pm. In addition, Dr. Ritschel is supervising a multifamily skills training group that is run by our two outstanding practicum students (Jackie Nesi and Katie Smith), both of whom are doctoral candidates at UNC Chapel Hill. This group is offered on Wednesday evenings from 5:00-6:30pm and offers a sliding scale.
Enrollment in both groups is currently closed.
The men’s group will be focused on the DBT skills that are most relevant to men struggling with emotion regulation. While one might wonder how these skills might differ based on gender, our experience has shown that there are different points of emphasis for some men than there might be for women. Without subscribing to stereotypes about the ways in which men and women differ, there are distinct ways some men respond differently to situations. Additionally, there are some subjects which are just more difficult to talk about in coed company. We would like to start this group in mid September if there is enough interest. Day and time is to be determined based on group membership availability.
“Standard” DBT Group
There is no shortage of “standard” DBT skills group in the area. That said, we often get phone calls from people looking for a skills training group. The focus of this group will be on general DBT skills, with the possibility of exploring the ways in which standard DBT skills can be adapted to specific problems such as substance abuse, relational difficulties and assertiveness.
If you would like more information about either of these proposed groups or are interested in being involved in one of them, please contact us or give us a call at (919) 308-8675.