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Re: Potential concerns, ideas for rules Dr. Bob

Posted by gardenergirl on July 2, 2006, at 4:56:33

In reply to Re: Potential concerns, ideas for rules, posted by Dr. Bob on July 2, 2006, at 4:48:06


> Would this *be* DBT? Or just discussing it?

It would not *be* DBT, as that involves much more than just the skills training. It also would not be DBT skills *training* as it occurs in individual or group psychotherapy. Instead, I am viewing this as a group of individuals with a common interest in developing these skills via a self-help approach. Instead of each of working through the workbook on our own, we agree to do it together in order to stay on track, give and receive feedback, and have support.

> > I'm wondering if Dr. Bob would let us enforce nonBabble rules?
>
> It's something we could discuss...

When I suggested we might need "rules" or guidelines, I was thinking these would be things that the group would work to resolve together. I do think the babble rules still need to apply. If there were to be a major conflict, civility rules still apply, but I'd like to see us as a group try to deal with the conflict, as well. It would be a good opportunity to practice new skills! :)

Thanks for weighing in on this, Dr. Bob. I know that this could have implications for you if we are not clear about what this is and what this isn't.

 

Re: Potential concerns, ideas for rules Dr. Bob

Posted by Dinah on July 2, 2006, at 9:24:28

In reply to Re: Potential concerns, ideas for rules, posted by Dr. Bob on July 2, 2006, at 4:48:06

We've been talking about this for a while, Dr. Bob. A lot of us want to practice DBT skills, but find the motivation is hard to come by in a solitary setting. So we're just practicing together. Clearly it's not a skills group per se. There's no overall leader, although we'll take turns starting up discussion in each individual chapter. It's not terribly unlike the thread that mainly Midnight Blue and I are doing on Health about weight (although others are certainly welcome to join in). If there are ways you would prefer we structure it, please let us know.

 

Re: Should we start Monday July 10? gardenergirl

Posted by Dinah on July 2, 2006, at 9:25:21

In reply to Should we start Monday July 10? (nm), posted by gardenergirl on July 1, 2006, at 22:05:10

Sounds great. Anything we should do before then? Download diary cards or handouts? Read anything from the skills manual if we have it?

 

Re: Potential concerns, ideas for rules gardenergirl

Posted by canadagirl on July 2, 2006, at 14:39:14

In reply to Re: Potential concerns, ideas for rules Dr. Bob, posted by gardenergirl on July 2, 2006, at 4:56:33

I like the idea of having headers for the threads depending on the heading of the section being discussed. I know I would get lost in a big thread, (um... and I don't know what a "sticky" thread is...)

I think the "rules" could have suggestions similar to terms of reference in a working group (is Dr Bob is concerned about the word "rules?") e.g., an understanding that we are not engaging in "therapy", that the members of the group are communicating information, the the group will review and comment on the sections, there will be a respectful environment,etc.

Anyway just a suggestion. I'm on vacation until July 9 so the 10th works for me; someone suggested that date?

I think this is a great idea by the way.

 

Re: July 10? --would work for me (nm) gardenergirl

Posted by Jost on July 2, 2006, at 20:43:29

In reply to Should we start Monday July 10? (nm), posted by gardenergirl on July 1, 2006, at 22:05:10

 

Diary cards

Posted by fallsfall on July 2, 2006, at 20:43:43

In reply to Re: Potential concerns, ideas for rules ? gardenergirl, posted by canadagirl on July 2, 2006, at 14:39:14

I don't have the time to join you guys formally, but I've done DBT, so I may comment now and then.

There was a question about diary cards. They serve two functions in DBT, in my opinion. The first is to give the patient a way to track their moods and what things in their lives impact their moods. The second is to make sure that everything is discussed with the therapist. I think that the first could be helpful for Babblers. It can be helpful to see things that happen in a day and the impact they have.

So I would recommend that people do the diary cards for themselves.

 

Re: Going through DBT skills training book together

Posted by rubenstein on July 3, 2006, at 12:04:47

In reply to Going through DBT skills training book together, posted by gardenergirl on June 29, 2006, at 9:39:55

> I have the book and I would be interested.
rachel


Anyone still interested? I'd like to go ahead and at least go through it myself, but I'd love to have others join me.
>
> I'm not sure exactly how best to do it, but we could set a rough time frame for different modules and the lessons in them. I would recommend starting with the Mindfulness module, and then we could either follow the book in order or vote on what module we wanted to do next.
>
> Many of the lesson handouts are available online at www.dbtselfhelp.com , so those who don't have the book and can't get it from a library can still follow along with the exercises.
>
> We could take turns facilitating the discussion for different sections so that one person isn't seen as the leader.
>
> Any other ideas?
>
>
> gg

 

Re: Potential concerns, ideas for rules

Posted by Dr. Bob on July 5, 2006, at 23:27:46

In reply to Re: Potential concerns, ideas for rules Dr. Bob, posted by gardenergirl on July 2, 2006, at 4:56:33

> It would not *be* DBT, as that involves much more than just the skills training. It also would not be DBT skills *training* as it occurs in individual or group psychotherapy. Instead, I am viewing this as a group of individuals with a common interest in developing these skills via a self-help approach. Instead of each of working through the workbook on our own, we agree to do it together in order to stay on track, give and receive feedback, and have support.
>
> When I suggested we might need "rules" or guidelines, I was thinking these would be things that the group would work to resolve together. ... I'd like to see us as a group try to deal with the conflict, as well. It would be a good opportunity to practice new skills! :)

OK, sounds good!

Bob

 

Okay, things to do before July 10

Posted by gardenergirl on July 6, 2006, at 9:01:05

In reply to Re: Potential concerns, ideas for rules, posted by Dr. Bob on July 5, 2006, at 23:27:46

1. Obtain a copy of the book "Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder" if possible.

2. Read pages 59-61 (and any of the beginning that interests you). The first "session" as described in the book begins on page 59 and is an orientation. Not all of what's there will apply to this format, but it describes different types of behavioral patterns and how the different skills can help. As an introduction, it might be helpful for each of us to say a few words about what you hope to get out of this process, if there are any specific problems or issues you want to pay special attention to, or any other comments or feedback. I think we could cover that with allowing just a few days, and move to beginning the core mindfulness skills module right away.

3. Select a diary card format (if you choose) and begin filling it out. If you do the diary cards, you will do one each week. I think I'd prefer to do this on my own, and to share aspects of it when I wish versus posting it anywhere. What do others think?

4. Start reading Chapter 7, Core mindfulness skills (pages 63-69). I'll make a post to introduce this topic (for those who don't have the book) and start a discussion about it. There are no homework assignments for the module, but there are activities to try, and we can do these and post our reactions.

5. Download or view from book the three mindfulness handouts. http://www.borderlinepersonality.ca/mindfulness.pdf Post any questions or comments you have about them in the discussion thread (coming soon).

Does this work for everyone? Feedback welcome. I'm not sure what issues might still be up in the air, except maybe how to link threads and such. But I'll check back in and do a bit more later.

I'm excited about this! :)

gg

 

Re: Okay, things to do before July 10 gardenergirl

Posted by Dinah on July 6, 2006, at 9:38:29

In reply to Okay, things to do before July 10, posted by gardenergirl on July 6, 2006, at 9:01:05

I'm excited too!!

I've got my books out already, and I've been updating my therapist on Linehan.

I've printed out this post as well as bookmarked it. Hopefully I'll be able to check things off before Monday.

 

Re: Okay, things to do before July 10

Posted by puravida on July 6, 2006, at 19:47:32

In reply to Okay, things to do before July 10, posted by gardenergirl on July 6, 2006, at 9:01:05

I'd like to join you guys. My T recommended this to me but the time away from work is too much.

BTW, I have been diagnosed w/depression, not borderline - so???? I guess either it is being used for more than borderline or I she thinks I am borderline and hasn't said it...

Either way, can't hurt, right?

 

Re: Okay, things to do before July 10 puravida

Posted by Dinah on July 6, 2006, at 20:54:43

In reply to Re: Okay, things to do before July 10, posted by puravida on July 6, 2006, at 19:47:32

Love to have you!

Originally, her research and treatment were for suicidal and self injury behaviors and thoughts. It later got expanded to borderline, but I think it's good practice for just about everyone. Maybe should be taught in elementary school.

It's good sensible stuff.

 

Re: Okay, things to do before July 10

Posted by Jost on July 7, 2006, at 19:35:01

In reply to Re: Okay, things to do before July 10 puravida, posted by Dinah on July 6, 2006, at 20:54:43

Got the book day before yesterday. Looks to me like anyone could benefit from it-- definitely anyone who suffers from "emotional dysregulation" (or, is emotionally intense, whichever you prefer)--

I'm interested to read and possibly discuss some or all of the first 50+ pages, and have read the first chapter--

but I'm glad we're skipping to the workbook--

I have a couple of concrete goals in mind-- around which I might orient my thoughts-- and I'm very much looking forward to this.

Jost

 

Re: Okay, things to do before July 10 Dinah

Posted by gardenergirl on July 8, 2006, at 17:44:21

In reply to Re: Okay, things to do before July 10 gardenergirl, posted by Dinah on July 6, 2006, at 9:38:29

Yeah! It's okay if you're not ready with every last thing on Monday. Heck, I might not be. :) But we'll have fun and learn stuff and it will go how it goes.

:)

gg

 

Re: Okay, things to do before July 10 puravida

Posted by gardenergirl on July 8, 2006, at 17:47:44

In reply to Re: Okay, things to do before July 10, posted by puravida on July 6, 2006, at 19:47:32

Hmmm, I could swear I made a post in reply to you, but maybe I just imagined that. :)

Welcome! I'm glad you're joining us, and I hope you enjoy it. As Dinah said, the skills are not just for BPD anymore. There are studies using them with depresion and eating disorders. I'm sure that different therapists use some version of them with clients with other diagnoses, too.

gg

 

Re: Okay, things to do before July 10 Jost

Posted by gardenergirl on July 8, 2006, at 17:52:24

In reply to Re: Okay, things to do before July 10, posted by Jost on July 7, 2006, at 19:35:01

That's great! Sounds like you're leading the pack with getting started. I've got to think about some concrete goals for myself. And review the reading, since it's been awhile for me.

:D

 

Re: Diary cards

Posted by Jost on July 10, 2006, at 19:21:41

In reply to Diary cards, posted by fallsfall on July 2, 2006, at 20:43:43

Does anyone know where there's a fuller description in the Skills Training Manual for the diary card shown on page 32 (and mentioned briefly on page 31)?

The front of the card has areas for alcohol, OTC medications, prescriptions, misery, etc. I'm not sure how to fill it in (if I were to) and what these refer to--is it just using these things? or using them in a way that you shouldn't?

There are what look like acronyms (DEAR MAN, GIVE, FAST, etc).

Also there are some blank colums on the right and I'm not sure what they're for.

Is there an online explanation somewhere?

This therapeutic approach seems down-to-earth, a really useful, practical guide to living.

Jost

 

Re: Diary cards » Jost

Posted by fallsfall on July 10, 2006, at 22:08:26

In reply to Re: Diary cards, posted by Jost on July 10, 2006, at 19:21:41

Those areas in the diary card are so you can keep track of things you did or did not do.

If you drink alcohol, then you put it on the card. Later, you may see a pattern that shows you that when you drink alcohol bad things happen, or you are extra depressed the next day, or that you usually drink alcohol after something particular happens.

Prescription drugs - write down if you took your meds on time. This can help you to remember to take them, or can make you aware that you have forgotten them. I find that if I start forgetting to take my meds that it is a red flag that something is bothering me. You can also record if you take any PRN meds that day.

For misery, rank your misery on a 1 - 10 scale. Then you can chart your misery, and figure out if things are getting better or worse, or see if you have patterns to when you feel the worst.

The purpose of the cards is to make you aware of what is going on in your day, and also to give you a record so that you can see patterns in your life (like "every time I talk to my mother on the phone I drink", or "when I forget to take my meds in the morning, I feel really lousy", or "if I get 7 or more hours of sleep I have a good day"). These patterns are often very simple, but you don't notice them unless you keep track of certain things.

As you go through the DBT program, you will learn the acronyms. You can ignore those sections until you come to them.

You can use the blank columns for whatever is important to you to keep track of. For instance, how many times you SI, or what time you get out of bed, or how many people you talk to, or if you took a shower, or how many hours of sleep you got.

Good luck!

 

Re: Diary cards

Posted by gardenergirl on July 10, 2006, at 22:30:32

In reply to Re: Diary cards, posted by Jost on July 10, 2006, at 19:21:41

Heck's Becks. I didn't get to this today. My T was a half hour late for our session today (I really think he forgot that it was scheduled an hour earlier than usual!), and this afternoon was spent trying to calm myself and the dog from the chirping smoke alarm. Every 39 seconds for 3 hours!!!!!!!!! Aagghh~

Jost, thanks for posting today. I appreciate the reminder in my inbox.

I apologize for not being prepared today. I will get on this first thing tomorrow. After my rescheduled T appt., that is. Bah.

About diary cards.... the acronyms like DEAR MAN and PLEASE MASTER refer to specific skills. As we get to them we should start logging on the diary card if we practiced them or used them in a situation. But for now, if it doesn't apply or we haven't gotten to it, we can skip those sections.

The diary cards are explained in Chap. 6 of the main book versus this manual, which is kind of annoying. The original card was designed to track mainly self-harm behaviors. So for example, the first column, alcohol, is where you would write how many drinks and what kind you may have had that day. The next few are pretty much the same. When you get to suicidal ideation and misery, you rank them from one to five. Zero is the absence of a behavior, urge, or feeling. Five represents the most intense or worst behavior, urge, or feeling according to the column header. The last column, "Used skills" has a key at the bottom of the card (1-7). The two empty columns are for customizing the card. You can add anything you want to track there.

I'm not planning to use the original version of the card, since a lot of it doesn't seem to meet to my needs.

I thought I had more versions or links to versions in a file on my hard drive. I do have one that I modified that is specific to eating disorders, so if anyone is interested in that one, email me and I'll email the file to you.

I'll keep looking about other versions. In the meantime, I think I'll use this one, although I wish it was a one-week version versus a one-month.
http://home.everestkc.net/vics/Diary%20Cards/DBT%20style%20mood%20chart%204-17-5.doc

More later,
gg

 

More about diary cards

Posted by gardenergirl on July 10, 2006, at 22:59:07

In reply to Re: Diary cards, posted by gardenergirl on July 10, 2006, at 22:30:32

Thanks for posting that, Falls! :)

Here are some links about diary cards that look useful (the site map for the www.dbtselfhelp.com site lists "traditional diary card" as one choice, but it pulls up the alternate version from what I can tell.
Explanation: http://www.dbtselfhelp.com/html/diary_card_explanation.html
A rather complicated version supposedly in Microsoft Excel (but I'm not sure how you make it work): http://www.dbtselfhelp.com/html/diary_card_4.html
Another link (Do these look wonky to anybody else?): http://www.dbtselfhelp.com/html/diary_card_3.html
What they call the "traditional card":
http://www.dbtselfhelp.com/html/diary_card_1.html
Another alternate version:
http://www.dbtselfhelp.com/html/diary_card_2.html
Example of a completed card:
http://www.behavioraltech.com/downloads/diarycrdexamples.pdf


Okay, I'll stop now. :)

gg

 

Mindfulness lesson 1

Posted by gardenergirl on July 10, 2006, at 23:59:15

In reply to More about diary cards, posted by gardenergirl on July 10, 2006, at 22:59:07

I hope no one minds, but I'm going to link to something already written to get our discussion going.

Core Mindfulness: http://www.dbtselfhelp.com/html/core_mindfulness.html

Discussion (also from this link)


Using the above as a description of being in wise mind can anyone relate their own experience of wise mind?

What has it taken for you to reach wise mind? For example, sometimes a person may reach wisdom only when suddenly confronted by another person. Or someone else may say something insightful that unlocks an inner door.

What similar experiences or other examples have any of you had in experiencing wise mind?

Can you think of a situation in your life in which using this skill might have been helpful? How do you think the outcome would have been different? Can you make a plan to use it in a situation that is upcoming and might be difficult?

Exercise


Set an alarm clock for a certain period of time each day (like every hour). When the alarm goes off, check in with yourself. How are you experiencing the moment? Observe your thoughts and emotions. Don't judge them as right or wrong, just observe and describe it by writing it down. At the end of the day, do you see a pattern? Have you learned anything about yourself? No matter what the experience you had, allow yourself to let go of all that happened. Let go of the judgments. Be in the moment. What is this like for you?

 

Mindfulness: What

Posted by gardenergirl on July 11, 2006, at 0:08:25

In reply to Mindfulness lesson 1, posted by gardenergirl on July 10, 2006, at 23:59:15

Handout for wise mind: http://www.dbtselfhelp.com/html/mf_handout_11.html

Observing: http://www.dbtselfhelp.com/html/observing.html
Describing: http://www.dbtselfhelp.com/html/describing.html
Participating: http://www.dbtselfhelp.com/html/participating.html
Handout: http://www.dbtselfhelp.com/html/mf_handout_21.html

The next part will be Mindfulness: How, and then we can get into the homework. Sound good?

gg

*all links from DBTselfhelp.com

 

Re: Mindfulness: What

Posted by Jost on July 11, 2006, at 0:25:43

In reply to Mindfulness: What, posted by gardenergirl on July 11, 2006, at 0:08:25

Sounds like a good start. I'll look into the diary cards aspect, and the first pages you recommended, then check out the handouts, most of which I may already have gotten.

Maybe can start discussing some of this tomorrow!

Jost

Thanks, gg, for being willing to start us off.

 

Re: More about diary cards » gardenergirl

Posted by fallsfall on July 11, 2006, at 9:14:36

In reply to More about diary cards, posted by gardenergirl on July 10, 2006, at 22:59:07

It is important to keep the diary cards simple. It has to be something you are willing to do every day. Don't worry about the skills part yet.

I used to write a couple of sentances or a list of things that I did on a particular day, so I could remember the day a little better.

I am so a computer person, but I wrote these by hand. I could scan an example if that would help anyone (but couldn't post - just email)

 

Re: Mindfulness lesson 1

Posted by Dinah on July 11, 2006, at 11:49:38

In reply to Mindfulness lesson 1, posted by gardenergirl on July 10, 2006, at 23:59:15

Wise mind is probably the most difficult thing in the world for me to experience. I think it's so integrated with my core troubles that it is almost impossible for me to embrace. Or even to wish to embrace.

It makes it difficult for me to do the rest of the exercises as well, since I usually split into an unemotional observing self which totally undermines the exercise.

Perhaps Babble is the place where I experience wise mind most often. Often I post purely in rational mode, and I don't think I'm at my most helpful then. And occasionally I post purely in emotional mind, and I know I'm not helpful then. But occasionally I work in cooperation, or intellect informed by emotion. And I tend to like myself then.

But in general I have trouble thinking of it as something to aspire to, since there is such a tension between emotion and reason in me, amounting almost to animosity. Despite the fact that I do like myself on those occasions when I do act in cooperation.


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