DBT Skills Manual for Adolescents




From leading experts who have trained thousands of professionals in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), this manual provides indispensable tools for treating adolescents with emotional or behavioural problems of any level of severity. Clinicians are guided step-by-step to teach teens and parents five sets of skills: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Walking the Middle Path (a family-based module developed by the authors specifically for teens), Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Designed for optimal clinical utility, the book features session outlines, teaching notes, discussion points, examples, homework assignments, and 85 reproducible handouts, in a large-size format for easy photocopying. Purchasers will also receive complimentary access to materials that they can download and print.

Preview Chapter 1 of the DBT Skills Manual for Adolescents.

“We are happy to be making widely available a standardized set of skills handouts and worksheets adapted for adolescents and their families so that people have a uniform version (for the purpose of evidence-based dissemination) and do not have to keep re-inventing the wheel. We hope the simplified handouts in a teen-friendly format will be useful for teens and their family members in all relevant settings. We are also excited to share our combined years of teaching experience in the ten chapters that precede the handouts!”
– Jill Rathus, PhD

“We have spent 20 years gathering teaching examples and discussion points developed for adolescents and their caregivers. In addition, we are excited that our adolescent-friendly skills handouts now have illustrations that breathe more life into many of the DBT skills.”
– Alec Miller, PsyD

“Make no mistake: Rathus and Miller are the experts on adolescent DBT. No clinicians in this rapidly expanding field better know the ins and outs of working with teens and their families in a way that will engage them, reach them, and offer them hope.”
– Marsha Linehan, PhD, ABPP