Mental Health Services Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Group

Montgomery County Correctional Facility  | Telephone: (240) 773-9753

DBT skills training takes place in a group context. These groups may be co-lead by CIU therapists, Officers, and/or graduate-level Psychology interns. In these groups, inmates are taught skills that address problems and maladaptive behaviors exhibited by most individuals who cannot regulate their emotions and thus may pose a risk to self or others.

The DBT groups include:

  • Core mindfulness skills.
  • Interpersonal effectiveness skills.
  • Emotion regulation skills.
  • Distress tolerance skills.

These skills groups are an essential component of DBT. They are offered to individuals housed in CIU who are committed to this program.

Former CIU participants may also return to CIU to attend these groups if cleared by his therapist due to his committed to DBT and benefits derived from the groups. Each group leader reserves the right to screen individuals on the waiting lists and to choose those who are clinically appropriate for the group.

Each skills group has specific requirements that also include behavioral expectations and group rules. The requirements are clearly articulated to the participants by the group leader. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in termination from the group.