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DBT Skills – Building Mastery and Positive Experiences

Kristen SroczynskiBy Kristen Sroczynski, SUDC


Good afternoon New Roadians and friends!
As a team and family, we push forward through the emotional regulation skill set. Last week we learned the skill of P.L.E.A.S.E. to reduce emotional vulnerability. Remember? :)


P-treat physical
E-eating a healthy well balanced diet
A-avoiding mood altering substances
S-sleep hygiene
E-regular Exercise


This week we are focusing on the skills of BUILD MASTERY and BUILDING POSITIVE EXPERIENCES. I love teaching these two skills because I'm soooo good at them! Lol! They are simple, and easy to grasp, and we do so much of them here at New Roads!


The aspiring therapists were attending their first class on emotional extremes. "Just to establish some parameters," said to the professor, to the student therapist from Arkansas, "What is the opposite of joy?" "Sadness," said the student. "And the opposite of depression?" he asked another young lady from Oklahoma. "Elation," she said. "And you sir," he said to the young man from Texas, "How about the opposite of woe?" The Texan replied, "Sir, I believe that would be giddy-up."
Hahahaha, I crack myself up, still! Lol!


Depression is merely anger with enthusiasm.
Why do psychics have to ask your name? Hmmm..yeah!?
Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines. :D
I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol. (Those of you that know me should chuckle cause I have the speeding tickets to prove it:)
I tried sniffing Coke once, but the ice cubes got stuck in my nose! Heheheheee
I used to have an open mind but my brains kept falling out:)


"What the hell just happened? Why is Kristen sending me this crap in the middle of a DBT email?" you ask yourself. Well, it's because I just practiced my new build mastery skill of joke telling and I'm sure you all are laughing, so together we just built a positive experience. Lol! (Work with me, guys!)


So, the build mastery skill is doing something you're good at to make you feel competent, confident, and in control. It should be somewhat challenging and something you can do in the moment. Recently, I got dumped so I turned to my skills of jewelry making, candle making, and writing poetry, to help get me out of a funk and create positive emotions. This skill totally works! I love it! Healthy hobbies and mastery skills create successful recovery!


Building positive experiences is increasing positive events in your life to create positive, pleasant emotions. The New Roads family provides a lot of opportunities for our clients to practice this skill in the amazing recs and activities we do!


Some great, simple skills we can easily continue to practice in our own lives!! PRACTICE, PRACTICE, and VALIDATE, VALIDATE!


Have a great week ya'll and I look forward to building more positive experiences with all of you and our clients!
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