This page has FREE handouts and worksheets corresponding to Dr. Linehan’s DBT skills.
Find more DBT handouts and worksheets just like these in my new book for children (ages 6 – 12) DBT Therapeutic Activity Ideas for Kids and Caregivers, and in my book for teens, DBT Therapeutic Activity Ideas for Working with Teens.
Readers can also find numerous free DBT-C handouts and worksheets from my recent online webinar, DBT Activity Ideas for Children, Online Training 2020. These three session, one hour trainings focused on DBT-C concepts and skills for children (ages 6 -12) and their caregivers. In the webinar, the DBT concepts for children and caregivers includes: The 4 Modules of DBT, Biosocial Theory, Validation for Caregivers, and Dialectics. The webinar also discusses and practices DBT-C skills such as, the WHAT and HOW skills of mindfulness, TIP skills, DEAR skills, STOP skills and Repair.
1. 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.
2. “Mean Girls” Quotes– Use the following quotes from the movie, “Mean Girls” to practice the skill, non-judgmental, in the mindfulness module. Read each quote and ask the child or teen to rephrase the comment as a non-judgmental statement, or ask them to state their own judgmental thoughts (if they are having any) in a non-judgmental way. The kids and teens love this practice. In my groups some of them have the quotes memorized from watching this move so much!
1. 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.
2. Feeling Faces– Use this handout to help children identify and express their feelings. When children are able to understand and identify their feelings, it helps them to improve their emotion regulation.
3. Emotion Regulation Goals Sheet– As the child or teen begins this module, the goals setting sheet helps them to identify their personal goals for the module. They identify behaviors they want to increase as well as behaviors to decrease.
1. 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.
1. Interpersonal Effectiveness Goals Sheet– As the child or teen begins this module, it’s helpful for them to spend time reflecting on their relationships. This isn’t a test. It’s a chance for them to practice being self-aware, and paying attention to the skills they need to work on as they progress through this module with their DBT skills group or individual therapist.
1. DBT Treatment Assumptions- The following are DBT’s treatment assumptions for children and teens in a DBT skills group. When the child or teen agree to the assumptions it is helpful for them, their caregivers, and the skills trainers.
2. DBT Treatment Assumptions for Caregivers- This is the treatment assumptions for caregivers. There can be many different types of caregivers and that may include parents, step parents, foster parents, residential treatment workers and many others who care for the child or teen. When caregivers understand and practice these assumptions, it helps them to be more accepting of their child or teen, and to practice thinking in a dialectical way.