Episode 36 | The AFFIRM Group

Mar 24, 2022

The Group Work Podcast. Find out what happens in the space where group therapy takes place.

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Stefanie Sugar and Kristin Ortiz join Katie to discuss their DBT group focused on the LGBTQ+ population who are battling shame and anxiety that has resulted from chronic invalidation. DBT and CBT practices can be invalidating to marginalized folks, the AFFIRM group aims to overcome this gap. The group is 8-weeks long. 

In their discussion, they explore the importance of integrating the structural issues of power and race in groups focused on marginalized people, why the AFFIRM group doesn’t have a formal intake process, and how to have an iterative and flexible relationship with the curriculum you follow in your group.

Stefanie Sugar, Psy.D., is the Director and Founder of the Behavioral Psych Studio.

Kristin Ortiz is a DBT therapist who leads the AFFIRM group at Behavioral Psych Studio.

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Episode 07 | Online Groups for BFRB’s

Mar 01, 2021

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In this episode we cover:

  • How to design groups week to week, based on group members’ needs
  • Why connection and witnessing each others’ stories is such a powerful part of the group process
  • What therapists need to be successful in treating BFRB’s and why this specialization is a business boom

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To learn more about Laura Chackes, visit https://www.mindfulstlonline.com

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