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 LIVING BETTER (DBT)
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 Living Better 
Groups
"Life Skills Training Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)"
The Living Better Groups are based on the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) curriculum developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD and her colleagues at the University of Washington and Behavioral Tech, Inc. The groups are designed to help participants identify and develop important skills for creating "a life worth living." DBT is a skills-based, modular group experience that can be very powerful in terms of learning and practicing basic tools for managing distressing thoughts, intense or overwhelming feelings, and impulsive or destructive behaviors by cultivating an ongoing state of self-awareness or mindfulness. The Living Better DBT Groups are particularly helpful for people in the early stages of any kind of recovery process or those who find themselves stuck in old patterns that aren’t good for them but that are hard to break.
In the Living Better DBT Groups four basic modules are presented to help people manage overwhelming feelings and experiences. These modules provide a great framework for members to reflect back on and use when they are feeling triggered or challenged. The modules are as follows:
  1. Core Mindfulness
  2. Interpersonal Effectiveness
  3. Emotion Regulation
  4. Distress Tolerance
The skill of Core Mindfulness is learning how to experience as well as witness one's thoughts, feelings, sensations, and actions. Many people are very experienced at allowing their feelings to be expressed as they are happening without any insight or censorship. Others are more used to using logic to rationally analyze a situation to the point that they are totally out of touch with their feelings. Core Mindfulness is the skill of valuing and using both feelings and logic together. Core Mindfulness serves as a foundational skill to all of the other modules in the Living Better DBT Groups.
Interpersonal Effectiveness is the next skill module taught in the Living Better DBT Groups. The basic idea being that if there is a problem between an individual and someone else then the best course of action is to try to resolve the problem between those two people first. Interpersonal Effectiveness incorporates many of the skills learned in psychotherapy, including communication skills, Nonviolent Communication skills, assertiveness skills, and boundary setting skills. Interpersonal Effectiveness skills help take care of both people in a relationship simultaneously so that their relationship works. 
The next module in the Living Better DBT Groups is Emotion Regulation, which is a very important general skill to have in terms of managing overwhelming feelings. Emotion Regulation is important because sometimes people aren't able to get their needs met through Inter-personal Effectiveness. When this happens, there are many wonderful skills that help with Emotion Regulation. In particular these skills include identifying and expressing emotions, taking responsibility for one's own experience, developing a sense of personal mastery, and learning how create structure and support for regulating emotions.

The last Living Better DBT Group module is Distress Tolerance. Distress Tolerance is the skill that's needed when people can't change their outer world and the situations or relationships in it using Interpersonal Effectiveness and they can't change their inner world and the thoughts and feelings inside them using Emotion Regulation. During these times people need to have the ability to get through a difficult situation without making things worse by doing impulsive or destructive things.
The Living Better Group is facilitated in an easy, engaging, and interactive style that encourages honest sharing and sincere support and collaboration amongst group members. The group facilitators are master's level counselors or interns with training in trauma treatment, addiction and recovery, group facilitation, as well as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

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 Living Better Group consists of approximately 36.0 contact hours of instruction and practice over the course of 24 weeks. The total investment for this series is $1,080.00 for all 24 weeks or just $360.00 per segment, with three segments in total. The segments are as follows:
  • Segment 1: Core Mindfulness + Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • Segment 2Core Mindfulness + Emotion Regulation
  • Segment 3: Core Mindfulness + Distress Tolerance
The Living Better Group fee is based on our group rate of $45.00 per group or $30.00 per hour. Because the group size is limited, participants accepted into the group are asked to pay per segment and not per group. This is necessary in order to hold their place in group. Payment plans can be established for eligible participants to spread the cost of the series across each segment.  


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 Group Dates
    Living Better (DBT) Groups

    The Living Better DBT Groups meet weekly on various days throughout the week in order to make them accessible to a wide range of participants. Group membership requires meeting with one of the group facilitators ahead of time in order to ensure the appropriateness of fit for each group participant as well as for the group as a whole.

    Once a prospective group member and the group facilitators have met and agreed that the Living Better DBT Group is a good fit for both the prospective group member and the group, each new group member will be asked to make a commitment to attending all 24 weeks of the Living Better DBT Group.

    Each Living Better DBT Group
     is limited to a maximum of eight participants per segment in order to support continuity and safety among the groups members. Each segment is offered over eight-weeks with the first two weeks comprised of the Core Mindfulness curriculum and the subsequent six weeks comprised of the Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, or Distress Tolerance curriculum.
    Because groups are limited in size and fill up quickly, we encourage prospective group members to contact the Living Better Program Coordinator and to be sure to make arrangements to meet with the one of the group facilitators well in advance of any anticipated start dates.

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     Registration Information
    • Dates
      • Each Living Better DBT group has open entrance dates and new members need to be in close communication with the Living Better Program Coordinator or the facilitators for each individual group in order to coordinate a group orientation session, a group start date, and/or interim individual DBT sessions until group can be started.
    • Time
      • Group A: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm on Tuesdays
      • Group B: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm on Wednesdays
      • Group C: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm on Thursdays
      • Group D: 10:00 am - 11:30 am on Saturdays
      • 24-Week Series with (about 6 weeks per module)
      • 1.5 Hours per Group
      • 36.0 Contact Hours
    • Where:
      • Noeticus Office
      • 190 East 9th Avenue
      • Denver CO 80203-2744
    • Cost
      • $360.00 per segment
      • $45.00 per group
      • Some financial assistance is available for eligible participants
    • Registration Information
      • Please contact our Living Better Program Coordinator to complete the group information session and to register.
      • living.better@noeticus.org
      • 303-399-9988 x 601
      • Click HERE for a flyer
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