Experiential Group Therapy Interventions with DBT provides group and individual therapists with proven experiential exercises that utilize dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills and original educational topics and have been successfully used nationwide to help treat patients with addiction and trauma. It introduces the advantages of using experiential therapy to facilitate groups for trauma and addiction and explains how DBT can help in regulating emotions and tolerating stress. This workbook contains concise plans and exercises for facilitating a group for a 30-day cycle. There is a theme for each day, original psychoeducational materials, experiential exercises, warm ups, and closing interventions.
"Experiential Group Therapy Interventions with DBT is a hands-on manual containing loads of creative and interactive exercises adapted from psychodrama, experiential therapy, NLP and more. The format describes each exercise clearly, identifies the DBT or other skill for which it is most useful, and shows how these exercises may be used in working with addictions and recovery groups. A therapist can integrate these exercises right into their DBT Skill groups as well as recovery and trauma groups. These exercises will prove useful for beginning clinicians as well as seasoned ones who are looking to develop a more interactive, experiential style."
Rebecca Walters, MS, TEP, Director of Hudson Valley Psychodrama Institute
"Creating an effective DBT-informed skills curriculum for milieu-based treatment can be a daunting task. Allan Katz and Mary Bellofatto have crafted a remarkably useful guide for clinicians wishing to utilize a DBT-informed experiential approach for the treatment of adults struggling with trauma and addiction. This book provides guidance from experienced clinicians who have assembled 30 well-crafted experiential lessons. I recommend this resource for anyone looking to establish or improve their skills in group therapy with this patient population."
Garry S. Del Conte, PsyD, Clinical Director, Daybreak Treatment Center
Personal, relevant, and important is Mary Bellafato’s and Allan Katz’s strong message for anyone supporting others in seeking emotional freedom and deeper understanding in Experiential Group Therapy Interventions with DBT. I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with these two over the years and they not only bring an unmatched creativity, but are also grounded in clinical integrity. At Onsite, we work daily with emotional trauma and see firsthand the dramatic effect these conditions have when ineffectively treated. The tools Mary and Allen provide in this must-read book are a game changer for anyone working with or recovering from trauma. This book is an awakening to behavioral health and addiction professionals as these vital elements of the recovery process are often overlooked. Those looking for more than another self-help training surface guide should take the time to invest in this important and impactful resource.
Miles Adcox, CEO of Onsite Workshops
Table of Contents
1. Introduction to Experiential Group Therapy Interventions with DBT 2. Big T and little t Trauma 3. Grief, Loss, and Mourning 4. The Ravages of Anger 5. The Role of Depression in Addiction and Trauma 6. Self-Regulation: Addiction Recovery 7. Radical Acceptance 8. Forgiveness 9. Setting Goals 10. Boosting Self-Esteem with Mastery 11. Relapse Prevention 12. Time Management 13. Mindfulness 14. Meditation 15. Interpersonal Effectiveness 16. Somatic Experiential Therapy 17. Resilience 18. Emotional Sobriety 19. Shame and Vulnerability 20. Irrational Beliefs 21. Codependency: The Root of Addiction 22. Spirituality 23. Family Roles 24. Healthy Intimacy & Sexuality 25. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway 26. Inner Child Rescue 27. NLP: Neuro-Linguistic Programming 28. Building Trust for the Future 29. Bodywork 30. What About My Career
About the Authors
Allan J. Katz, LPC/MHSP, CAT, CSAT is a licensed professional counselor and certified sex addiction therapist. He is the author of Addictive Entrepreneurship and has been facilitating addiction and trauma groups in a residential setting for the past 5 years. Allan maintains a private practice in Memphis, TN and consults with treatment centers in using experimental methods.
Mary Hickam Bellofatto, MA, LMHC, NCC, CEDSf TEP, specializes in trauma, addictions, eating disorders and psychodrama intensives. She maintains a private practice in Naples, Florida and consults with multiple treatment centers nationally. She also travels internationally to treat trauma.