Skills Groups

We offer a variety of skills groups for adolescents, families, and adults. Our groups are on-going and individuals are welcome to join at identified entry points. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about these groups. 


*NEW* Young Adult DBT Skills Group Summer Program for College-Age Students

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive treatment that has been shown to improve individual’s capacity to regulate their emotions, their thoughts, their interpersonal behaviors and their sense-of-self.  Through a highly structured set of lessons, group members will be taught concepts and skills in five modules that can address regulation deficits in any or all of these areas of psychological functioning. 

Target Population: Young adults between the ages of 18-26 who are interested in improving their ability to cope with emotions, focus their attention, and communicate more directly and effectively

Day and Time: This hour-long weekly skills group will will be held twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.  

Structure of Group: This group follows Marsha Linehan’s adherent DBT curriculum

Group Fee:  $150.00 each 60-minute session

Group Leaders: Dr. Wendy Loonin and Sharon Katz Rimland, L.C.S.W.

The modules are as follows:

1.     Core Mindfulness Skills

2.     Distress Tolerance Skills

3.     Emotional Regulation Skills

4.     Walking the Middle Path (Conflict Resolution Skills)

5.     Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills

Role playing and brief experiential exercises will assist members in applying skills they learn in group.  Brief homework assignments will allow for experimentation and practice of this newly acquired skill set.

Members will have access to our 24-hour/7-day a week Skills Coaching Line to get immediate assistance in applying skills during real-life difficulties.

Please contact our Intake Coordinator, Diane Okaly, at 973-714-6126 with any eligibility questions or to make a referral.


Multi-Family Skills Groups for Teens and Parents

We are excited and proud to offer Multi-family DBT groups, which are considered the gold-standard for teaching DBT to adolescents and their families. These groups are typically composed of 8-12 families (the teen and at least one parent/caregiver) and meet weekly for 7-8 months. Whenever possible we encourage both parents to participate. These groups focus on teaching skills to help teens and their families.

Some of the primary topics include: 

  • How to decrease dangerous and high risk teen behaviors

  • Develop clear strategies that support effective parenting when managing family crises.

  • Decrease therapy-interfering behaviors (i.e. missing sessions, not trying new behaviors between sessions etc…)

  • Foster adaptive coping skills for managing stressful family demands, difficult relationships,academic pressures and other stressful life events

  • Create positive peer relationships and a more cohesive sense-of-self, as well as positive dynamics within family systems.

Teens in our DBT Multi-Family Skills Course are required to be in individual and/or family therapy while in skills group. For teens that currently work with a therapist in the community, we require that you work with one of our FHWS therapists while in the skills training group. Our DBT trained therapists will help keep clients motivated to stay in treatment and apply DBT skills in their lives.


Graduate Groups For Teens

After completion of FHWS's full Multi-Family Skills Course, or for teens who have had DBT training elsewhere in the past, willing teens are invited to continue weekly skills training group to receive ongoing professional and peer support in sustaining motivation to practice and apply DBT skills.


Graduate Groups For Parents

After completion of the Multi-Family Skills Course, parents who are interested in further support, or parents who have received DBT Skills Training elsewhere, are welcome to join the Parent Graduate Group. This group will enable parents to support each other and receive ongoing training and feedback as they try to apply DBT skills to improve emotion regulation and parenting behaviors.


Young Adult Skills Training Group

This group is for young adults between the ages of 18-26, who want to learn DBT skills to improve their capacity to regulate their emotions, thinking, interpersonal behaviors, and support a more cohesive sense-of-self. Through a highly structured set of lessons, group members are taught concepts and skills in the five DBT modules which address emotional regulation deficits . Role playing and brief experiential exercises assist members in applying skills they have learned in group. Brief homework assignments will allow for experimentation and practice of their newly acquired skill set. skill set.


Adult Skills Training Group

The Adult DBT Skills Training Group is for adults who want to improve their capacity to regulate their emotions, thoughts, interpersonal behaviors and sense-of-self.  Through a highly structured set of lessons, group members are taught concepts and skills in the five DBT modules that can address regulation deficits in any or all of these areas of psychological functioning.  Role playing and brief experiential exercises will assist members in applying skills they learn in group.  Brief homework assignments will allow for experimentation and practice of this newly acquired skill set.


Parent Support Group

This group is designed for parents whose child is currently in a wilderness or residential program. The goals of this group include: providing on-going support for parents during this difficult time in their families’ lives, providing psycho-education from evidence-based effective parenting approaches, as well as discussing transitional planning to support behavioral change both inside and outside of the home.