Teen study group
 

INTENSIVE TREATMENT

DBT FOR THE TRANSITION TO COLLEGE

Preparing for college can be both an exciting and stressful time for many incoming college students. This 7-session program focuses on helping incoming college students prepare for the transition to campus life. By reviewing and integrating DBT skills, DBT For The Transition To College helps teens to recognize the ways in which they can effectively manage some of the challenges they are likely to face when living on a college campus. 


Program participants can expect to: learn more about what some of these typical challenges might involve; review a selection of skills from the DBT modules (Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness) that can help with these difficulties; and have opportunities to consider what skills application and integration will look like for them in their unique college environment. The program will help participants cope ahead for potential challenges, including how to manage crises, practice self-care, interact with others (e.g., roommates, peers, professors, etc.), manage their time, navigate homesickness, and make authentic decisions while living on a college campus.  


The DBT For The Transition To College Program is best suited for individuals who:  

  • Are incoming first year college students  

  • Will be physically attending college for the first time (e.g., if they attended remotely in the past)  

  • Are coming off of a gap year  

  • Have struggled in the early parts of their academic career and want to get some additional tools to help manage their return to campus.  

  • Have had some exposure to DBT either through a group, program, or individual therapy 

  

The Concord Center is offering this program twice during Summer 2022. Each iteration of the program will take place in-person (COVID-19 pending) and consist of 7 groups, with each group running from 5-6:30pm. Please note: all potential participants must also have a 30-minute intake prior to joining the group. 


Session 1 Dates 

June 21st, 22nd, 23rd and June 27th, 28th, 29th, and 30th 


Session 2 Dates 
July 12th, 13th, 14th and July 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st 

If you are interested in participating in this program, please fill out our inquiry form here.

PEERS SOCIAL SKILLS GROUP

The Concord Center is hosting a PEERS Social Skills Group for middle schoolers beginning in July. It is a 7-week evidence-based social skills intervention curriculum that requires weekly parent participation. The program will consist of two teen sessions per week (1.5 hours in length each) as well as one parent session per week (1.5 hours in length). During each group session, teens are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during socialization activities. The program will assist teens in making and keeping friends by helping to expand the teen’s social network and providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments. PEERS may be appropriate for teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression or other social and behavioral disorders.


The PEERS teen group will be held on Monday’s and Thursday’s from 3PM to 4:30PM. The parent group will meet on Monday mornings (time TBD). If interested, please fill out our inquiry form here.

ADOLESCENT UNIFIED PROTOCOL (UP) GROUP

The Adolescent Unified Protocol is an evidence-based treatment created for teens with anxiety and depression. The group teaches teens to manage uncomfortable thoughts and feelings through a series of buildable skills. The group includes six topics: Getting to Know Your Emotions, Behavioral Activation, Sensational Awareness, Flexible Thinking, Awareness of Emotional Experiences, and Situational Emotion Exposure. There will also be two parent-only group sessions, during which parents will learn how to best support their teens by promoting independence, being consistent, and communicating empathy.

Our Adolescent UP Group will run from June 28th- August 9th for high school students (ages 14-18). The group includes 13 in-person sessions, held twice per week and two virtual parent sessions. The in-person group will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-2:30pm.


If you are interested in participating in the group, please fill out our inquiry form here.

ADULT BFRB SUMMER GROUP

Our Adult BFRB (body focused repetitive behaviors; e.g., skin picking, hair pulling, etc.) group is a 13-week program designed to help individuals learn how to better manage their body focused repetitive behaviors. It is intended for adults ages 18+. This group will run on Wednesdays from 10-11am, beginning on June 8th. This is an in-person group for fully vaccinated adults.

The 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.

If interested in the group, please fill out our inquiry form here.

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.

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

If interested in the group, please fill out our inquiry form here.