DBT Skills Training

DBT skill training is a fundamental component of the comprehensive DBT treatment approach. The primary goal of skill training is to equip clients with practical tools and techniques to better manage their emotions, improve their relationships, and cope with distressing situations.

What is DBT Skill Training About?

DBT skill training is a transformative approach for individuals with borderline personality disorder, offering numerous benefits that can lead to a more stable, fulfilling life. By teaching practical tools and techniques for managing emotions, improving relationships, and coping with distress, DBT skill training empowers clients to take control of their lives and overcome the challenges associated with BPD. With its structured, goal-oriented approach and emphasis on self-awareness, DBT skill training is an invaluable resource for those seeking lasting change and emotional healing.


This module helps clients develop present-moment awareness and non-judgmental acceptance of their thoughts, feelings, and sensations. Skills taught in this module include observing, describing, and participating in the present moment.

Distress Tolerance

This module teaches clients how to tolerate distressing emotions and situations without engaging in self-destructive behaviours. Skills covered in this module include crisis survival strategies, radical acceptance, and self-soothing techniques.

Emotional Regulation

This module helps clients understand and manage their emotions more effectively. It covers skills such as identifying and labelling emotions, reducing vulnerability to emotional dysregulation, and increasing positive emotional experiences.

Interpersonal Effectiveness

This module focuses on improving clients' ability to communicate their needs and assert their boundaries in relationships. Skills taught in this module include making requests, setting limits, and negotiating conflict.

Benefits of DBT Skill Training

DBT skill training offers a range of benefits for individuals with borderline personality disorder, including:

  1. Reduced Emotional Dysregulation: One of the hallmark symptoms of BPD is emotional dysregulation, which can lead to intense mood swings, impulsivity, and self-destructive behaviours. DBT skill training equips clients with practical tools and techniques for managing their emotions more effectively, resulting in greater emotional stability and reduced impulsivity.
  2. Improved Interpersonal Relationships: Individuals with BPD often struggle with unstable and tumultuous relationships. DBT skill training helps clients develop the interpersonal effectiveness skills necessary to build healthier, more satisfying relationships with friends, family members, and romantic partners. Clients can create more stable and fulfilling connections by learning to communicate their needs, set boundaries, and resolve conflicts constructively.
  3. Enhanced Coping Strategies: DBT skill training provides clients with various coping strategies for managing distressing situations without resorting to self-destructive behaviours. By learning to tolerate distress, practice self-soothing techniques, and accept reality, clients can develop greater resilience and a stronger ability to cope with life’s challenges.
  4. Increased Self-Awareness: DBT skill training fosters self-awareness by encouraging clients to observe and reflect on their thoughts, feelings, and sensations in a non-judgmental manner. This heightened self-awareness allows clients to understand the triggers of their emotional dysregulation better, enabling them to make more informed choices and take greater control of their lives.
  5. Reduced Stigma and Shame: Borderline personality disorder is often associated with significant stigma and shame. DBT skill training provides a supportive and validating environment in which clients can openly explore their experiences and challenge their negative beliefs about themselves. This process can reduce shame and self-blame, fostering a greater sense of self-worth and self-compassion.
  6. Enhanced Treatment Compliance: Individuals with BPD may struggle with treatment compliance due to mistrust, fear of abandonment, or difficulty tolerating therapy’s emotional intensity. DBT skill training offers a structured, goal-oriented approach that engages clients in the therapeutic process and helps them stay committed to their treatment goals.
  7. Reduced Self-Destructive Behaviours: Self-destructive behaviours, such as self-harm, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation, are common among individuals with BPD. DBT skill training teaches clients healthier coping mechanisms and strategies to manage distressing emotions, significantly reducing the likelihood of engaging in self-destructive behaviours.
  8. Improved Quality of Life: As clients progress through DBT skill training, they often experience improvements in various aspects of their lives. By developing more effective emotion regulation, interpersonal, and distress tolerance skills, clients can enjoy increased life satisfaction, enhanced relationships, and greater well-being.

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