Emotion Regulation Skills Group

A 12-week, DBT-informed skills training program


What is the Emotion Regulation Skills Group?

This is a structured skills training program informed by a therapeutic approach called dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). It is designed to help you learn skills to cope with overwhelming emotions, reduce impulsivity, enhance interpersonal relationships, and ultimately achieve your own personal goals.

It is important to note that you will not receive full, comprehensive DBT treatment by attending this course. Full DBT treatment consists of weekly individual DBT therapy sessions, weekly DBT skills training group sessions for 24 weeks, 24/7 access to an individual therapist by phone for skills coaching, and therapists who participate in weekly case consultation. This course will provide a modified version of the skills training component only.

What is the group format? 

The Emotion Regulation Skills Group is a closed group consisting of a maximum of 6-8 participants. It will run for 12 sessions, each 90 minutes in length, and will be co-facilitated by Karen Lemke and Liat Habinski, who are both registered psychologists trained in DBT. With the exception of the first session, which will be a general orientation to the course, the first half of each group will be dedicated to a brief mindfulness practice and homework review. The second half will be focused on teaching a new set of skills.

Individuals who are interested in participating in the group must first attend an in-person consultation meeting with the group facilitators to determine suitability, provide a brief orientation, and review informed consent.

What will I learn? 

You will learn skills in the following areas:

Mindfulness is being aware of what is happening in the present moment, without judgment or overthinking. When we are mindful, we are better able to focus our attention, feel more in control, and notice and appreciate positive experiences.

Distress tolerance
Two types of skills will be taught in this module. Crisis survival skills can help you to tolerate painful or uncomfortable emotions without making situations worse. Reality acceptance skills can help you work on accepting things that we cannot change in order to reduce suffering.

Emotion regulation
Some people experience emotions as overly intense and out of control, and struggle to bring them down to a tolerable and manageable level. This module includes skills that can help you to recognize your emotions, reduce vulnerability to intense emotions, and change how you respond to emotions so they don’t become overwhelming and/or cause you to engage in behaviours that make things worse. 

Interpersonal effectiveness
Skills from this module are designed to help you assert yourself with others in ways that enable you to get your needs met, while at the same time maintaining your relationships, personal integrity, and self-respect. 

What does the group cost? 

The total cost for the Emotion Regulation Skills Group is $1200, which includes your initial consultation meeting, all 12 group sessions, and a group workbook. Fees may be paid in full at the start of the group or in weekly instalments of $100 per 90-minute session, and may be covered in whole or part by your private health insurance/employee benefit plan. 

Because this is a closed group, once you are registered, refunds will not be possible even if you are unable to attend the full course. Your credit card information will be required at the time of registration to secure your spot in the group. If a credit card number is not available, other arrangements will need to be made prior to the group start date to secure your spot.    

In Cases of Emergency

Crisis support services will not be available from group leaders in between group sessions. In the event of an emergency or crisis, you should call 911, go to your nearest hospital emergency room, or contact one of the following 24/7 support services:

·      Edmonton Distress Line: 780-482-HELP (4357)
·      Adult Crisis Response Team: 780-342-7777
·      Alberta Health Services Stabilization Unit: 780-342-7692

Upcoming Dates:
July 3-Sept 25, 2018: Tuesdays evenings, 6:30-8pm (no group on Sept 4)
Oct-Dec 2018: Dates and times TBA

Contact Edgar Psychological for more information:
9749 111 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 1J7