PRESENTER: Dr. Krystle Martin

DBT Skills Training

Course Access: Lifetime
Course Overview

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a broad-based cognitive behavioural approach specifically developed for the treatment of individuals who struggle with severe emotion and behaviour dysregulation. DBT’s skill modules are empirically supported and have been found to help clients increase effective coping behaviours. In contrast to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Courses (Parts 1 & 2) which focus on the application of comprehensive DBT, this two-day course will cover the essential elements of DBT’s core skills including: (1) Mindfulness; (2) Distress Tolerance; (3) Emotion Regulation;  and (4) Interpersonal Effectiveness. In addition to learning about each of the skills, participants will learn how to teach and strengthen skills, deal with objections to skills acquisition or use, incorporate skills into individual sessions, and structure skills training groups. Participants will have the opportunity to practice skills in the workshop and learn through lecture, role-plays, and discussion to illustrate teaching points. This workshop is developed for health care professionals with and without knowledge of DBT. It is designed for individuals who are interested in learning how to implement DBT skills training either as an adjunct to other treatment approaches or within the context of a comprehensive DBT program.

Prerequisites:  Part 1 & 2 or basic DBT knowledge

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the role of skills training within the context of comprehensive DBT
  • Understand the evidence supporting the effectiveness of DBT skills training
  • Learn the content of four DBT skills training modules: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • Discuss effective strategies for dealing with objections in skills training or reluctance to use skills
  • List effective methods for increasing skill acquisition
  • Learn how to structure a skills training group

Participants are advised to come with:

DBT Skills Training Manual by Dr. Marsha M. Linehan. (Publisher: The Guilford Press, 2015

DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets by Dr. Marsha M. Linehan. (Publisher: The Guilford Press, 2015