OUR GROUPS

Please email us at groups@concordcbt.com if you are interested in joining any of our groups.

DBT SKILLS GROUP

Our adolescent DBT skills group will teach clients skills that enhance their ability to cope with emotional distress and deal more effectively with problems they experience. The DBT skills modules include: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and walking the middle path. Adolescents attend a weekly 90-minute group session that starts with a mindfulness practice followed by homework review of what was taught in the previous week. From there, clients will learn a new skill and then discuss with peers and group leaders how to apply these skills at home, in school, and in other areas important to the adolescent. Clients are asked to commit to the group for the full 6-month cycle in order to learn all the DBT skills necessary to begin to make changes in their lives. Adolescents interested in the group must also participate in their own individual DBT therapy and have access to skills coaching with their therapist. If you are interested in this group, please contact us to set up an intake so that we can help you to identify how this group could be helpful.

Group meets Wednesdays from 5:00 to 6:30 PM or Thursdays from 4:30 - 6:00 PM

Please note, our Wednesday and Thursday Adolescent DBT Skills Groups are currently full. Inquiries to be placed onto the waitlist for these groups are welcome. Please note that wait times may be several months, with anticipated openings for the Wednesday group in late Fall/early Winter, and anticipated openings for the Thursday group in late Summer.

ADVANCED DBT SKILLS INTEGRATION GROUP

Group description coming soon.

DBT PARENT GROUP

Our Parent DBT skills group is designed for parents of those who are enrolled in individual or group DBT. Parents attend a weekly 90-minute group session that includes 60 minutes of skills learning and 30 minutes of consultation. This group will help parents learn DBT skills in order to more effectively communicate with their family members in addition to managing emotions, behaviors, and crisis situations. The group will cover the four DBT skills modules:  mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. Each week parents will be given an assignment to practice at home that will be reviewed in the following group. Parents are asked to a commit to the group for the full 14-week cycle in order to learn the DBT skills necessary to begin to make changes in their lives and the lives of their family members. 

Group meets Mondays from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

SPACE PARENT GROUP

We are excited to offer an 8-week teletherapy group for parents of children up to age 12 diagnosed with anxiety and/or OCD. The group facilitators will use the evidence-based intervention Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE), an innovative treatment for caregivers of children who experience anxiety and related challenges. Developed at Yale University’s Child Study Center, SPACE has been shown to be as efficacious as individual cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in treating child anxiety disorders and OCD.


SPACE is unique in that the treatment is delivered only to parents, without the need for child participation. This format can be a great option if the anxious child is unwilling or unable to participate in teletherapy, or as a compliment to individual CBT or Exposure and Response Prevention the child is already receiving.  


In the SPACE group, parents will learn about their role in supporting their anxious child and concrete strategies to respond effectively to their child’s anxious behaviors. Parents will work collaboratively with the therapists to develop a clear plan to take small, gradual steps in reducing accommodation (things they do or don’t do because of their child’s anxiety). The result is a child who can better self-regulate and cope with anxiety independently.


The Concord Center plans to offer this group to a small number of families, starting in September 2021. The parent group will meet one morning per week for 90 minutes via telehealth. If you are interested in participating in the group, please email groups@concordcbt.com.

For more information on SPACE, please visit: https://www.spacetreatment.net/about-space

ADOLESCENT BFRB GROUP

Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs), which are any repetitive self-grooming behavior (e.g., pulling, picking, biting or scraping of the hair, skin, or nails) that results in damage to the body, can often be difficult to manage. This group is designed to provide evidenced-based treatment for BFRBs using a specific cognitive-behavioral therapy called habit reversal training (HRT), and an enhanced HRT protocol called the Comprehensive Behavioral Model (ComB). Group members can expect to gain:


  • Personalized Assessment and Self-Monitoring of their BFRBs. Prior to joining the group, each member will work 1:1 with a clinician to help determine the internal and external triggers for their BFRB. This will allow for a focus on individual strategies while participating in the group. Each group member will also be given scaffolding to help them spend time monitoring their BFRBs between groups, which will help to illuminate all aspects of the behavior.

  • Awareness Training. This enables individuals to become more aware that a BFRB will occur, making it easier to intervene with a therapeutic technique designed to stop or discourage the behavior.

  • Competing response training. This teaches individuals to substitute another response for the picking or pulling – typically this substituted response/behavior is incompatible with the BFRB.

  • Specific Strategies for Reducing BFRBs. The ComB model focuses on integrating 5 different domains that can lead to BFRBs, including: sensory, cognitive, affective/emotional, motor, and environmental domains. Group members will learn more about how each of these domains impacts their BFRBs, as well as domain-specific strategies to employ to reduce or overcome their BFRBs.

  • Social Support. For many individuals struggling with BFRBs, there can be a sense of isolation and/or shame. This group will provide opportunities to share in experiences, share strategies, provide encouragement, and gain support from peers.


This group is open to adolescents who have been struggling with managing their BFRBs, and have not previously engaged in ComB treatment.


The group will start Tuesday, September 21, from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Group members will be asked to make a 13 week commitment to the group. Please contact groups@concordcbt.com if you or your adolescent are interested in this group program.