DBT Skills Training Group

In comprehensive DBT standard form, there are four components of DBT: skills training group, individual treatment, DBT phone coaching, and consultation team. At BTC we offer skills training group and carry a very small load of comprehensive cases. Below is a description of our DBT skills training group component.

DBT skills training group is focused on enhancing clients' capabilities by teaching them behavioral skills to improve being more effective in life. The group is run like a class where the group leader teaches the skills and assigns homework for clients to practice using the skills in their everyday lives. Groups meet on a weekly basis for approximately 1.5 hours and it takes 24 weeks to get through the full skills curriculum.

DBT includes four sets of behavioral skills.

Mindfulness: the practice of being fully aware and present in this one moment to help reduce suffering and increase happiness

Distress Tolerance: how to tolerate pain in difficult situations, not change it, and to learn to accept painful experiences

Interpersonal Effectiveness: how to ask for what you want and say no while maintaining self-respect and relationships with others

Emotion Regulation: how to change emotions that you want to change

There is increasing evidence that DBT skills training alone is a promising intervention for a wide variety of both clinical and nonclinical populations and across settings. All of our group leaders meet on a weekly basis for consultation team.

DBT Skills Training Group follows an open enrollment policy and meets weekly on Tuesdays from 6:30-8PM. If you are interested and want additional information please contact Magda Rodriguez, Psy.D. at 301-593-4040 ext. 231.

Please see below the components offered to those participating in comprehensive DBT.

DBT individual therapy is focused on enhancing client motivation and helping clients to apply the skills to specific challenges and events in their lives. In the standard DBT model, individual therapy takes place once a week for as long as the client is in therapy and runs concurrently with skills groups.

DBT phone coaching is focused on providing clients with in-the-moment coaching on how to use skills to effectively cope with difficult situations that arise in their everyday lives. Clients can call their individual therapist between sessions to receive coaching at the times when they need help the most. Most commonly these coaching calls are 3-10 minutes tops and are not a therapy phone session.

DBT therapist consultation team is intended to be therapy for the therapists and to support DBT providers in their work with people who often have severe, complex, difficult-to-treat disorders. The consultation team is designed to help therapists stay motivated and competent so they can provide the best treatment possible. Teams typically meet weekly and are composed of individual therapists and group leaders who share responsibility for each client's care.

Coping with Chronic Illness Group

Our Coping with Chronic Illness Group is based on mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR), an evidence-based intervention designed to provide skills for how to manage stress and anxiety experienced by individuals struggling with a chronic health condition (e.g., fibromyalgia, chronic pain, irritable bowel disease, crohns disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, migraines etc.). The MBSR group aims to provide strategies for individuals who have tried multiple medical interventions to manage their symptoms and are feeling frustrated with their ability to function in their lives.

If you are looking to...

a. Approach your life with more composure, energy, understanding and enthusiasm

b. Develop the ability to cope more effectively with both short-term and long-term stressful situations.

c. Enhance your ability to manage pain levels and improve functioning and engagement in your life

d. Improve your focus, resilience and capacity to recover more quickly from challenging events.

Quiet Mind and Body Group

The Quiet Mind and Body Group is a 12-week didactic skills training group that teaches selected Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills from the mindfulness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance skills.

The Quiet Mind and Body Group is designed for adults (18 and over) who are interested in evidenced based techniques to enhance mind and body control via the application of skills to modulate mood in order to be effective in meeting life goals. During the course of the group participants will learn skills related to tolerating painful events, decreasing impulsivity, and feeling more connected among other topics. Individual without DBT experience and those needing a refresher on DBT skills. The QMB Group may be used as an adjunct to existing individual therapy, although individual therapy is not required for enrollment.

If you have any further questions about either of these groups, please contact Dr. Magda Rodriguez Gonzalez at 301-593-4040, extension 231 or mrodriguez@behaviortherapycenter.com