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DBT Peer Connections Workbook

For Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training

In 1993, Dr. Marsha Linehan introduced the world to
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) a comprehensive
psychotherapy for treating chronically suicidal
persons, particularly those with borderline personality
disorder (BPD). With additional research, DBT proved
to also be an effective treatment for substance abuse,
eating disorders, and others. With continuously
growing research, DBT is now considered to be an
effective transdiagnostic treatment. This DBT skills
training program focuses on treating emotion
dysregulation, which refers to any of a number of
problematic behaviors associated with regulating
emotions and may apply to a diverse population of
persons who may or may not be formally diagnosed
with mental disorders.
In this comprehensive DBT skills training workbook,
students learn to define, apply, and discuss 4 sets of
life enhancement skills including core mindfulness
skills, distress tolerance skills, emotion regulation
skills, and interpersonal effectiveness skills. as
described in the clinical manuals by Dr. Marsha M.
Linehan: Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Borderline
Personality Disorder, Skills Training Manual for Treating
Borderline Personality Disorder, DBT Skills Training
Manual Second Edition, and DBT Skills Training
Handouts And Worksheets Second Edition.

Skills Training Schedule

1. Core Mindfulness Skills

4 weeks

2. Distress Tolerance

1 weeks

3. Emotion Regulation Skills

5 weeks

4. Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills

2 weeks

2015 Rachel Gill
MSP $15.00 US

12 weeks

Some may think that having the

label of borderline personality
disorder (BPD) is a mark of
shame. However, I can honestly
say that receiving the diagnosis
was one of the best things that
ever happened to me because it
ultimately led me to dialectical
behavior therapy (DBT). In fact,
after 10 years of futile attempts
to find the correct diagnosis and
treatment, I was so appreciative
of the label, I did something that
often puzzles those whom I tell
my story; I sent the social worker
who correctly diagnosed me a
bouquet of flowers and a thank
you card.
In the end, my BPD label is the
key that unlocked the door
to DBT and my path to recovery.
I may have borderline personality
personality disorder does not
have me, and above all, I am not
ashamed. In fact, I am proud of
the progress I have made on my
difficult journey to emotional
wellness. Therefore, I want
people to know my story so the
world can see we with BPD are
not monsters who need to be
controlled, avoided, or caged
psychiatric jails. We are people
who are capable of achieving
great things. However, in our
acceptance without judgment,
compassion, and access to
evidence based treatments like
DBT that work.
Rachel Gill
DBT Peer Connections