DBT Skills For Psychotherapists

Learn DBT Skills by participating in an actual skills class designed for psychotherapists. You will be learning and experiencing the DBT Skills first hand, receive CEU credits and be able to integrate DBT skills in the work you do with your current clients.


DBT Skill Module- Core Mindfulness and Emotion Regulation

Core Mindfulness and Emotion Regulation Module consists of 10 weekly 1.5-hour classes.

Contact us now to register for a class: Call (973) 535-3626 or email: susan@dbtskillsnj.com

CEU Information:

This program is approved for 15 Continuing Education Units for Social Workers and LPC


Four Skills Module

Participants will learn skills based on the four modules of DBT (Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness).


Mindfulness SkillsCore Mindfulness Skills
Mindfulness skills in DBT come from the eastern spiritual traditions. These skills help members focus on the present and attend to what is happening in the here and now in a calm way. It helps people slow down and focus on doing what is needed to care for oneself in the moment. Members learn the value of wise mind instead of succumbing to intense emotions and acting in a destructive way.



Distress Tolerance Skills
Distress tolerance helps people get through difficult times when emotions are running high. It teaches people to soothe themselves in healthy ways when they are feeling upset rather than becoming overwhelmed by emotions or hiding from them. This allows individuals to make wise decisions about whether and how to take action, rather than falling into the intense, desperate and often-destructive emotional reactions. Crisis survival skills are also taught so that one does not engage in problematic behaviors and ultimately make the situation worse. Reality Acceptance Skills focus on helping people fully accept reality and provide a guideline for responding to painful aspects of life.


Interpersonal Effectiveness SkillsInterpersonal Effectiveness Skills
Interpersonal effectiveness skills involve helping people understand what their needs are in their relationships and helps develop effective ways of dealing with others in order to get one’s wants or needs met in a healthy way. This involves respecting the self and others, listening and communicating effectively, dealing with difficult people, repairing relationships and being able to say no.



Emotion REgulation SkillsEmotion Regulation Skills
The DBT emotion regulation skills help people understand their emotions. It teaches people to decrease the intensity of their feelings and helps them ride out strong emotions without acting on them. It provides education about the function of emotions and how to not be swamped by them.