HIM Emotion Regulation Skills Training group

The Health Initiative for Men (HIM) Emotion Regulation group is a free, 8-week Dialectical Behaviour Therapy – based* (DBT)  skills training group facilitated by queer counselors, and open for 2-Spirit, non-binary, trans, queer men, and other men who are into men. The main goal of the group is to support participants in strengthening their capacity to accept and change their emotional experiences, so they can have more agency and choice in their behaviours.

Dates: Runs February 25 to April 14 (once a week, Tuesdays)
Time: 6 – 8 PM
Location: HIM on Davie Health Centre, 1033 Davie Street in Vancouver


No mental health diagnoses are required to participate. Space is limited, participants can join until the 3rd session, with a maximum of 12 participants.

Please find more information here


Who is facilitating this group?

HIM’s practicum student, Linden Lalonde and Alvaro Luna (HIM Program Specialist, Mental Health) will be facilitating the groups this round. We are not conducting intakes, but we are assessing group readiness with applicants by an online questionnaire.


Who is the ideal participant? Clients who might be struggling with regulating their emotions, impulsivity, avoidant behaviours, or having issues grounding themselves or being present in the moment. Clients who are looking to increase their repertoire of coping skills.


What are the skills that will be taught?
Mindfulness, Understanding and Naming Emotions, Changing Emotional Responses, Reducing Vulnerability, Validation, Chain Analysis. Mindfulness will be taught and practiced throughout the sessions.


*Are these DBT sessions?

No, this is a DBT-based skills training group, but it does not constitute Dialectical Behaviour Treatment or Therapy. That’s why participants in this group do not require diagnoses, and it’s open to the community in general. If a person is looking for dialectical treatment, they need to look for other venues.


How can interested folks sign up?

Any interested person can sign up by expressing their interest to [email protected], we will follow up with them and register if they are found to be group ready. People can self-refer.