DBT- Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Program™

Treatment Goals

The Skills

In DBT skills training groups, participants will learn:

  • Mindfulness Skills
  • Distress Tolerance Skills
  • Emotion Regulation Skills
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills

Mindfulness Skills

  • To live in the present moment, neither fearful of the future nor clinging to the past
  • To have more of a sense of control over thoughts, feelings and behaviors
  • To improve the quality of life, one moment at a time.

A variety of mindfulness exercises will be practiced in each group.

Distress Tolerance Skills

To effectively tolerate and manage crises of the moment rather than reacting and behaving in an unhealthy, reactive, or inappropriate manner. The specific skills have been researched and proven to be effective at regulating emotions. The skills will work to change one’s physiology, balancing the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system.

Emotion Regulation Skills

To avoid being swayed by emotion or limited by logic.

To be emotionally centered and balanced.

To understand the purpose of emotions, increase positive emotions and minimize emotional vulnerability, build emotional resiliency and to decrease emotional suffering.

Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills

To strengthen assertiveness skills of asking for what is needed as well as being able to say “no” to others.

To prioritize interpersonal objectives helping get ones needs met while balancing healthy relationships and maintaining self-respect.

“DBT skills are now a part of my daily living. They have improved the ease with which I move through life.”