Dialectical Behavior Therapy (frequently referred to as “DBT”) are therapeutic skills created by Dr. Marsha Linehan. DBT skills teach people to manage their emotions and emotional crises (without making them worse), and strategies to get along better with others. DBT has four modules or sets of skills: mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. In each of these four modules, exist numerous hands-on tools for kids, teens, and adults to use to create a wise, well balanced life. To read a more details about DBT, see my post titled, “DBT Skills: A Life in Balance.”
This page houses FREE handouts and worksheets corresponding to Linehan’s DBT skills.
Find more DBT handouts and worksheets just like these in my book, DBT Therapeutic Activity Ideas for Working with Teens.
DBT Therapeutic Activity Ideas for Working with Teens has additional handouts and worksheets on mindfulness including: WHAT and HOW skills, grounding techniques, mindfulness activities, coloring sheets, and three states of mind. A. Thankful & Grateful– a DBT worksheet to be mindfully aware, in the moment, of things, people, places that bring gratitude and thankfulness into your life. On the blank spaces, write what comes to mind as you practice mindfulness.
- Emotion Regulation
DBT Therapeutic Activity Ideas for Working with Teens has additional handouts and worksheets on emotion regulation including: what is emotion regulation, exploring and knowing my emotions, ABC, surfing the wave, opposite action, PLEASE, and lemonade. A. Gratitude– this DBT worksheet coordinates with the ABC skill, Accumulate Positive Emotions: Long Term. Practicing gratitude helps us to work on our self-development and build a life worth living.
- Distress Tolerance
DBT Therapeutic Activity Ideas for Working with Teens has additional handouts and worksheets on distress tolerance including: what is distress tolerance, self soothing, wise mind ACCEPTS, IMPROVE the moment, STOP, TIP, pros and cons, willingness vs. willfulness, turning the mind, radical acceptance, and half-smiling. A. Quote Wall – this DBT worksheet and it’s example sheet coordinate with the skill, IMPROVE the Moment, and Self-Validation (see Interpersonal Effectiveness skills). The worksheet is used alongside the “E” in IMPROVE, and encourages self-encouragement. The DBT worksheet has several blank spaces for the individual to add uplifting quotes, song lyrics, comments or reality acceptance statements to encourage the individual. At difficult times, the individual can look at his or her completed worksheet.
- Interpersonal Effectiveness
DBT Therapeutic Activity Ideas for Working with Teens has additional handouts and worksheets on interpersonal effectiveness including: what is interpersonal effectiveness, repairs, TAPS, THINK, the four horsemen, GIVE, and FAST.
A. Quote Wall– this DBT worksheet and it’s example sheet coordinates with the skill, Self-Validation, and IMPROVE the Moment (see Distress Tolerance skills). The “Quote Wall” is an option for the individual to practice writing compassionate and self supportive statements, quotes, song lyrics, and reality acceptance statements. At difficult times, the individual can look at his or her completed worksheet.
- General Skills