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 last year due to COVID-19)

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


The program will consist of 7 sessions, each lasting 1.5 hours in length. Sessions will be taking place during weekdays in late July and early August (specific dates and times are TBD). If you are interested in this program for yourself or your adolescent, please contact groups@concordcbt.com.

ADOLESCENT BFRB SUMMER 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. Date and times are TBD. Please contact groups@concordcbt.com if you or your adolescent are interested in this group program.