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Managing Feelings

This brief programme is designed to be run as an optional precursor to group interventions designed to reduce re-offending, for example the SMARTER Thinking Programme.

Target Group
The programme is aimed at individuals who have difficulty working within a group setting because of emotion regulation deficits. Many individuals incarcerated in a prison or hospital setting will have some negative affect related to their situation and a proneness to victim stance, blaming, and ruminating on perceived grievances; others may suffer from intense impulsive emotional volatility stemming from personality disorder. In order for these individuals to benefit from general offending behaviour programmes, this eight- session primer is recommended.

Rationale
The programme draws on the work of Marsha Linehan's Dialectical Behavior Therapy (1993) and Segal et al's (2002) Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. It aims to encourage participants to focus on the relationship between thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations and develop a more objective, decentred relationship with experience.

Programme Length
There are 8 to 10 sessions which should be scheduled to take around 75 minutes each. Group size should not exceed 10 individuals.

Training
Ten tutors can be trained by one trainer, or twenty by two trainers, in five days training. Manual provided.