EMERGE Leeds: Complex Emotional Needs Service

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Our group work programme consists of two distinct offers – our Journey Programme, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) informed skills training.

These can be accessed as standalone interventions or as part of care coordination for our service users over the age of 18.

The Journey Programme

Journey is a psychologically-informed Occupational Therapy group programme.

Journey is based on the understanding that what people ‘do’ and ‘don’t do’ in their daily lives has a direct impact on their health, relationships, and well-being. Journey aims to assist people to engage in activity which has the potential to increase the effective management of distressing thoughts and feelings and help improve their quality of life.

At Journey, we have two different groups available. Journey runs these both online and in person.

  • Journey online: Our 11-week programme is delivered online using Zoom and consists of 7 group sessions, with up to 3 one-to-one sessions to individualise the work and support group members to put their learning into practice, then 1 final group online session to evaluate the programme.

 

  • Journey in-person: Our 11-week programme in-person programme consists of 7 in-person group sessions at our Leeds City Centre venue, with up to 3 one-to-one sessions to individualise the work and support group members to put their learning into practice, then 1 final evaluation session as a group.

After evaluating your needs in an initial assessment, we will determine which variation would be the most helpful and discuss this with you.

Making a referral to the Journey Programme - information for service users and professionals

People can refer themselves to the Journey Programme, or referrals can come from a health, housing or third sector professional.

To make a referral, please download and complete our Journey Programme referral form and send to emergereferrals.lypft@nhs.net

Download our referral guidance for staff.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Skills Group

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) skills groups are designed to help people learn new skills to help them cope when they feel suicidal or want to use self-harming or life-threatening behaviours to manage distress.

There are two groups running in Leeds. One is online using the Zoom platform for video conferencing, the other is in-person. Groups meet once a week for nine weeks. Each session lasts for 2.5 hours and covers a different module, with each group consisting of up to 12 group members and 2-3 members of staff.

It is recommended that those participating complete all of the modules twice over the course of 14 months. The groups cover mindfulness skills, interpersonal effectiveness skills, emotion regulation skills and distress tolerance skills.

A new 12 week DBT informed group in partnership with the Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service called Skills for Life is starting from Autumn 2023.

More information on how to access this group will be available soon.

Watch the following video to find out more about DBT.

Making a referral to the DBT Skills Group - information for service users and professionals

People can refer themselves to our DBT Skills groups or referrals can come from a health, housing or third sector professional.

To make a referral, please download and complete our DBT Skills groups referral form and send to emergereferrals.lypft@nhs.net

Download our referral guidance for staff. 

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