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DBT® STEPS-A Curriculum : DBT Skills Training for Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescents The Queens Hotel 10—12 July 2017 CHESTER


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DBT® STEPS-A Curriculum : DBT Skills Training for Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescents The Queens Hotel 10—12 July 2017 CHESTER

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Starting on:

Monday 10 July, 2017

Ending on:

Wednesday 12 July, 2017

Course Description

We are offering an extended 30% DISCOUNT on this course –  register below to reserve your place or contact for further clarification _: Please Note: When registering online the registration site will display the full amount but the 30% discount will be deducted from this fee and outlined on your invoice.

Discounted Fee closes 26th June 2017 

The DBT  STEPS-A curriculum is designed to help  adolescents develop coping strategies and decision–making abilities , especially under emotional distress.  The focus of the DBT STEPS A- Curriculum is to provide instructors, teachers , school counsellors, DBT treatment providers and educational administrators familiarity with the DBT STEPS-A  curriculum. There are four primary modules of skills that are taught in the DBT STEPS-A:  core mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. The training is designed to establish four basic elements that are necessary in implementing the curriculum effectively.  Background and Development of DBT STEPS-A , Structure and implementation Issues, Acquisition of Skills and Practice of Skills.

DBT Skills Training for Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescents (DBT STEPS-A) is a social emotional learning (SEL) curriculum developed by Dr. Mazza, Dr. Dexter-Mazza and colleagues to be implemented in middle and high schools in order to teach all adolescents effective emotion regulation, decision making, and problem-solving skills.

7 DBT- STEPS A COURSE questions answered by Dr Mazza

The DBT STEPS-A curriculum includes 30 lesson plans that are designed to fit within a general education curriculum. Each lesson is 50 minutes long. The curriculum was adapted from the skills training program in Dialectical Behavior Therapy developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan, a professor at the University of Washington. The 30 lessons cover skills from each of the DBT skills modules including:

  • Orientation & Goal Setting
  • Dialectical Thinking
  • Core Mindfulness Skills
  • Distress Tolerance Skills
  • Emotion Regulation Skills
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills


Dr. Elizabeth Dexter-Mazza  is a certified DBT therapist and co-author of the DBT STEPS-A social emotional learning curriculum for middle and high school students. She received her doctoral degree from the School of Professional Psychology at Pacific University in 2004, and completed her predoctoral internship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center’s Adolescent Depression and Suicide Program. Dr. Dexter-Mazza completed her postdoctoral fellowship under the direction of Dr. Marsha Linehan at the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics (BRTC) at the University of Washington. While at the BRTC, she was the Clinical Director and a research therapist for Dr. Linehan’s research studies, which provided both individual DBT and DBT group skills training. She has published several book chapters and peer reviewed articles on DBT, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), and graduate school training in how to manage suicidal clients. Dr. Dexter-Mazza is a licensed psychologist and maintains a private practice in Seattle, providing comprehensive DBT and skills based coaching and support to family members and friends of individuals with BPD. Additionally, Dr. Dexter-Mazza is a trainer for Behavioral Tech, LLC, a training company that provides DBT trainings to mental health professionals around the world.

Dr. Dexter-Mazza provides individual therapy to adolescents, young adults, adults and parent coaching. She has been providing DBT since 2000 and is considered an expert in training mental health professionals around the world in DBT. She also provides consultation on the implementation of DBT and DBT STEPS-A to clinicians and schools.

Dr. Dexter-Mazza specializes in providing treatment for the following areas:

  • Suicide and Non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors (e.g., self-harm behaviors)
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other related trauma disorders
  • Problems with Emotion Regulation
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Parent Coaching for parents of adolescents and adult children

Dr. James J. Mazza is the co-author of the DBT STEPS-A social emotional learning curriculum for middle and high school students. He received his masters and Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  He is a professor at the University of Washington – Seattle where he has been for the past 20 years teaching and conducting research in the field of adolescent mental health.  Dr. Mazza’s research interests focus particularly on adolescent internalizing disorders such as depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, exposure to violence and especially suicidal behavior. His research examines the complex relationships of how mental health issues impact adolescent social emotional abilities and academic skills through a multitiered system of supports (MTSS).  Dr. Mazza’s research has focused on school-based settings and has written extensively through peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on how to identify youth who are at-risk for suicidal behavior as well as developing social emotional learning (SEL) curricula to help all students learn emotion regulation skills.  Dr. Mazza has worked with over 30 school districts and thousands of school personnel in developing and implementing comprehensive suicidal identification and prevention strategies for school-based adolescents.

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Further Information:

An Interesting write up from a school in Canada that is implementing STEPS- A

An Interesting Article 


** Price: £875 PP (Excl VAT) ** 30% discounts available 

** Group Rates of 4 and over : £800 PP (Excl  VAT)  30% discounts available 

Applicants will be provided with the DBT Skills in Schools: Skills Training for Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescents ( Mazza et al. 2016) and a copy of the presentation and handouts at the workshop

Lunch Provided



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