DBT Skills Training Groups
DBT Skills Training Groups are psychoeducational groups in which skills are taught in the areas of: Mindfulness; Emotion Regulation; Distress Tolerance; and Interpersonal Effectiveness. (see description of DBT for more details about the skills modules). These groups follow a set agenda in which new information is taught weekly and homework and skills practice is assigned. The focus of this group is teaching effective skill use for regulating emotions, changing destructive patterns of thinking and behavior, improving relationship skills, and building the life you desire.
At Princeton Center for DBT and Counseling, DBT Skills Training can be done as part of comprehensive DBT (which includes skills training, individual DBT, and phone coaching); or as a supplement to another form of psychotherapy when appropriate. Our adult groups are typically up to 8 individuals of mixed age and gender. DBT Skills Groups meet weekly for 90 minutes. It takes about 6 months to complete the modules once through. Many participants benefit from repeating the modules twice. Most of our DBT groups run continuously and new participants start when the group is starting a new module and cycle through the skills in whatever order they come in. There is no particular order required other than to complete the Mindfulness module first which is repeated between all of the other modules.