Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) can help people with mental wellness challenges, including suicidal behaviour or thoughts, self-harm, substance use, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety. This program is also designed to help you with preventative measures so you prevent challenges from developing in the future.

This 12 week program is designed to help you explore 4 core areas of wellness.

Mindfulness:

The essential part of all skills taught. Mindfulness is the ability to be in fully present in the moment you are in

Emotion Regulation:

Learning to properly identify and label emotions. Identifying obstacles to changing emotions. Reducing vulnerability to you emotional responses.

Distress Tolerance:

Being with and tolerating the fluctuations in your central nervous system responses to crises and with accepting life as it is in the moment

Interpersonal Effectiveness:

The skills taught here are intended to maximize the chances that a person’s goals in a specific situation will be met, while at the same time not damaging either the relationship or the person’s self-respect.

We know that first responders do the hard stuff and that many are suffering in the silence of their experience for risk of being seen as weak or out of control. We understand that these responses are normal and make sense in relationship to the work you do. Our group offers first responders an experience of connection with others that may be having “symptoms” from the work they do as well. We have created a cohesive skills based class that is 12 weeks long.

If you work in one of these categories we think this experience may be for you:

Full-time firefighters, Part-time firefighters, Volunteer firefighters or Fire investigators

Police officers

Members of an emergency response team

Paramedics, Emergency medical attendants or Ambulance service managers

Workers in a correctional institution, Workers in a place of secure custody or place of secure temporary detention

 Workers involved in dispatch

Mental health crisis workers

Our program is 12 weeks, participants attend a weekly skills session designed like a classroom experience. Our facilitators present information on new skills each week and then participants are asked to explore the new skills during the week with a homework focus designed to help them integrate the new skills. the follow week we then discuss how these new skills are working or not working in their lives. Our facilitators will problem solve and help participants to break down what is getting in the way of successful integration of the skill.

Admission Process:

Getting into our program is simple. Give us a call at 365-336-5429 we will book you an individual intake session. In this session we will explain the program, orient you to how the program works and what the expectations are, we set up your individual sessions (the 12 week program includes 2 individual therapy sessions with one of our counsellors), we determine if you are a good fit for the program and set goals for your experience.

Our next rotation begins on Thursday Oct 10th 2019 and runs for 12 weeks, so sign up early to ensure that you get a spot.