GROUP TREATMENT AT DASC

ATTENTION: Due to changes due to Covid-19 and operating virtually, please note that not all groups are running at this time. Groups below are operating virtually. Other groups are on hold. For more information or to enroll in any of our groups, please call McKenzie Owen at 773-494-5505

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Each group is structured after Marsha Linehan’s Dialectical Behavioral Therapy treatment. Individuals who participate in DBT groups must also participate in individual therapy. Each group consists of four modules, including Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness skills. Each module lasts six to eight weeks and individuals are asked to commit to treatment one module at a time. These groups aim to support individuals who experience emotion dysregulation and lack effective coping skills.

Adult closed DBT groups 

DASC offers adult DBT groups that meet weekly on:
● Mondays from 11:00am-12:30pm

● Tuesdays from 4:00pm-5:30pm

● Thursday from 5:00pm-6:30pm

DBT Essentials group

● Wednesdays from 3:00pm-4:15pm 

This is an open group, meaning that clients can start when there is an opening, rather than waiting until the beginning of the module, as is done in our other DBT groups. The group will cover a variety of skills from the 4 DBT modules, which include the following skills:
-Mindfulness- skills to improve awareness of one’s emotional experiences, reduce judgment, and increase focus and attention to the present moment
-Distress Tolerance- to help reduce impulsive or problematic behaviors, cope with crisis, and learn to tolerate the discomfort of situations that we cannot immediately improve without making the situation worse. This module includes acceptance based and mindfulness skills to help us bare painfully gracefully.
-Emotion Regulation- skills to help you understand the function of emotions, enhance emotional control, and increase emotional resilience
-Interpersonal Effectiveness- skills to maintain and improve relationships in a way that strengthens self-respect

Adult Stress Less Group

Mondays from 6:15pm-7:15pm

Stress Less is a processing group for adults. This group aims to provide individuals with a supportive environment where they can share concerns surrounding mutual experiences. Participants are asked to identify specific topics they would like support with prior to joining the group. The group curriculum will be tailored to the group’s presenting needs and concerns. This group draws from frameworks such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness.

ACT Group

Thursdays from 5:00pm-6:30pm

The ACT Group is focused on helping clients become more aware of thoughts and emotions that get in the way of valued action. It works on helping clients learn how
to have a different relationship with their thoughts and emotions in order to decrease the negative impact of these internal experiences on their lives. Clients
will learn and practice mindfulness-based skills and techniques aimed at decreasing their struggle with their emotional discomfort. Simultaneously, this group is
focused on helping clients build awareness of their personal values and setting goals to help them move towards the life they want for themselves.

RO-DBT Skills Class

Mondays from 12:00-1:00 pm

Wednesdays from 2:00-3:00 pm

Thursdays from 4:00-5:00 pm

RO-DBT skills classes are designed using Dr. Thomas Lynch’s Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT) treatment protocol. RO-DBT is a “new” evidence-based treatment with over 20 years of clinical research. RO-DBT is designed to treat disorders of overcontrol, including diagnoses of treatment-resistant depression and anxiety, anorexia, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, and autism spectrum diagnoses. Classes are designed for those who struggle with emotional loneliness and have a hard time connecting with others, avoid risks and new experiences, and struggle to relax. Classes teach participants skills to increase receptivity and openness, flexibility, and social connectedness-the three core components of emotional well-being. The class will run for 30 weeks.

Adult Social Anxiety Group

Thursdays from 5:00pm-6:30pm

DASC offers a social anxiety group that is an 11-week, closed group for adults who experience social anxiety and find themselves avoiding social situations. The
group structure was created through Hoffman and Otto’s (2008) group protocol outlined in “Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder: Evidence-based and Disorder Specific Treatment Techniques.” This group incorporates additional evidence-based treatment, including mindfulness, values work, ACT metaphors, and exposures that utilize Craske’s research on inhibitory learning. Older adolescents may be able to join this group if deemed clinically appropriate.

OCD Education and Process Group

Thursdays 5:00 – 6:00 pm

This group focuses on understanding the function of obsessions and compulsions, treatment approaches, learning about Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) work, recovery maintenance, and other issues related to life with OCD. Part of the group is spent as an interactive class and part is for processing the material from group with others and providing a relational space.

*Please contact group leader (Galina Lipkin) via phone or email (galinalipkinlpc@gmail.com 773-217-0037) for information on registering for this group

Eating Disorders Skills and Support Group

Thursdays from 1:00pm-2:00pm

This group aims to provide support and skills from ACT, DBT, RODBT and mindful self compassion (MSC) during this unprecedented time, in order to support eating disorder recovery and engaging in (creative!) values-guided living

Virtual Experiential Eating Disorders Group

Mondays from 5:30pm-7:00pm

This group aims to provide a space for patients in eating disorder recovery to practice their coping skills in an effective and supportive manner as they explore themes and values in order to learn more about themselves and practice leading a values-based life. The experiential component of this group involves clients using internal coping skills and peer support to navigate difficult emotions in the moment (as opposed to external coping, such as fidget toys, or avoidance).

Building Body Image Flexibility Group

Wednesdays from 5:00pm-6:30pm

This closed group utilizes techniques from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to support clients in building body image flexibility, in order to move towards valued actions involving their body while coming into contact with their body image. This group aims to provide a space for individuals to explore body image as the personal relationship they have with their bodies. In this group we will explore perceptions, beliefs, memories, urges, thoughts, and feelings around physical appearance and body image, as well as exploring how clients feel IN their bodies. There will be an experiential component of this group where clients will practice exercises such as defusion from difficult body-focused thoughts, understanding body image avoidance and building experiential body image acceptance, and engaging in body image exposures to move them closer to their values.

DASC offers intensive programming through Flourish, which aims to support individuals in navigating our groups and developing a treatment plan that fits their current needs. If you are interested in meeting with one of our treatment coordinators to discuss group offerings further, please reach out to our intake line at (773) 494-5505 or submit a contact form through our website.

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