An Outpatient Intensive Program


DASC’s unique Flourish program fills a gap in services in the Chicagoland area by offering individuals 3-12 hours of individualized programming per week. Flourish welcomes individuals who feel that they need more support than just weekly therapy, yet do not need a residential program. Flourish can serve as a stepping stone for individuals looking for a seamless transition from residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs as they return to their daily lives. By aiming to support individuals in managing their symptoms and strengthening their skills, Flourish can serve as a step up in care for those already participating in individual therapy.

Programming is offered on Mondays through Thursdays from 4:00pm-8:00pm and 4:00pm-6:00pm on Fridays.

Each participant will be assigned a treatment coordinator who will serve as a support in developing and maintaining a treatment plan. The treatment coordinator will support the participant in identifying and addressing obstacles to treatment, as well as coordinate care with their individual providers. In addition to an assigned treatment coordinator, clients have the groups listed at the bottom of this page available as part of their individualized programming.

Flourish groups are structured to provide short-term, intensive support, consisting of 8 to 10 weeks worth of material. The groups were developed to support a wide-range of concerns, ranging from anxiety and OCD to emotion dysregulation and interpersonal conflict. The groups may be tailored to fit an individual who would benefit more from CBT, as well as to fit the needs of someone seeking DBT services. The groups are structured to enhance one another when participating in more than one group. Together, the groups support individuals in understanding their unhelpful thoughts and behaviors and then gaining skills and strategies to create effective change in their lives.

Essential DBT Skills

Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30pm
Flourish offers an Essential DBT skills group that is comprised of key Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness skills, all from Marsha Linehan’s DBT protocol. This group is designed to help individuals learn a variety of important skills in a short period of time. Participants from this group often transition into a closed DBT group, though that is not required.

Mindfulness Group

Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00pm
The aim of the Mindfulness group to support clients in implementing and creating a Mindfulness practice for one’s self. Topics include mindfully observing thoughts, physical sensations, discomfort, emotions and experiences. Upon entry to the group, the individual takes the Mindfulness Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS) to measure progress throughout participation in the group. This group is informed through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

ACT Skills Group

Mondays from 4:30-6:00pm
The ACT Skills Group focuses on teaching clients skills based in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, specifically defusion and acceptance. It focuses on helping clients identify specific thoughts that they struggle with and learning how to decrease the negative impact that these thoughts have on behaviors. It also focuses on increasing awareness of one’s emotional experiences and learning how to decrease the struggle with painful emotions.

ACT Values and Behavioral Change Group

Thursdays from 5:00-6:30pm
The ACT Values and Behavioral Change Group is designed to help clients build an awareness of their values and to learn how to create goals that set them up for success. Clients do not have to have done any preliminary work around values in order to join this group. They will work actively on exploring and identifying values in group together. This group aims to support individuals in rebuilding a life that is more enriching and meaningful.

Understanding Behaviors and Coping Ahead Group

Thursdays from 5:30-7:00pm
This group is modeled after Marsha Linehan’s Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Protocol and utilizes behavioral chain analysis to support individuals in understanding factors in their lives that led to engaging in unhelpful behaviors. This group encourages individuals to provide personal examples of engagement in their own target behaviors so that the group can identifying contributing factors together. This group also aims to support individuals in predicting possible challenging situations and identifying skills and strategies that can be used to manage these predicted difficulties. This group strives to create a validating and supportive environment for participants to support one another by brainstorming how they can manage challenging situations.

DASC is committed to working with clients in determining an appropriate fee for services. DASC offers a combination of accepted payment through insurance providers and sliding scale rates to provide the most appropriate level of care. Our clinic is in-network with the following insurance plans: Blue Cross Blue Shield (PPO), Medicare, Tricare, Optum/United Behavioral Health and Aetna (PPO). DASC will work with other insurers as out-of-network providers.


If you are interested in making a referral to or participating in Flourish, please contact our intake line at (773) 494-5505

For additional information about our outpatient intensive program, please contact:

Chelsea Ragsdale, LCSW, at (773) 417-9360 or cragsdale@dascchicago.com


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