DBT Skills Generalization/Executive Function groups will include mindfulness practice, skills review, “skills drills” to increase recall memory of DBT content, skills rehearsal using pre-selected role plays and skills generalization using consultation and role play.
Young adults who have completed the skills training portion of SAGE, or have learned DBT skills through outpatient DBT, will meet for two groups per week aimed at increasing the ability to remember and apply DBT skills as well as improving executive function, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 1- 3 p.m. Young adults will work on their specific, measurable goals throughout SAGE II. Minimum commitment to the skills generalization group is eight weeks. After eight weeks, young adults have the option of decreasing skills generalization to one group per week for a second round of eight weeks. In addition, individual sessions must be scheduled weekly.
DBT Skills Generalization/Executive Function groups will include mindfulness practice, skills review, “skills drills” to increase recall memory of DBT content, skills rehearsal using pre-selected role plays and skills generalization using consultation and role play. Supplemental materials will include more in-depth training on executive function and self-management skills, and when appropriate, additional content from our executive functions curriculum or Linehan’s Adult DBT Skills Training Manual.
When does the group meet?
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1- 3 p.m.
When can new members join?
New members can join each Tuesday.
Do you need to be in individual therapy while in this group?
Yes, and the individual therapist must provide adherent DBT therapy, including 24-hour phone coaching. CBC may provide you with an individual therapist or refer you to individual therapists who provide adherent, 24-hour DBT in the community. If you have a DBT therapist, we can speak with them to see if they are able to provide the individual treatment that you would need to benefit from SAGE II DBT/EF.
How long is the commitment?
The SAGE II DBT/EF group meets two days a week for eight weeks.
What is the process for joining?
Patients typically join after they have graduated from SAGE I DBT or another DBT skills group before joining SAGE II DBT/EF. Patients coming from SAGE I DBT Foundations or other DBT skills groups will require a 45-minute orientation session before joining SAGE II DBT/EF.
What can I hope to achieve after I finish this program?
After eight weeks in SAGE II DBT/EF, most patients will remember their DBT skills and know how to apply them, and they will understand how to set appropriate goals, how to prioritize goals and how to apply skills to overcome barriers to completion. Applying DBT/EF skills in the face of emotional dysregulation will be a lifelong goal, similar to maintaining other health practices such as regular exercise.
What are the options for aftercare?
After completion of SAGE II DBT/EF for eight weeks twice per week, patients have the option of repeating the group for a second eight weeks on one day per week in order to gradually taper toward more autonomous use of emotion regulation and self-management skills.
Please visit our SAGE program pages for more detail on our specific programs: