Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Resources

DBT in the News

  1. Missed diagnosis and no treatment: BPD's risk to adolescents, CTV News

  2. With high suicide rates, visiting professor looks to future of mental health research, Pipe Dream

  3. National Alliance on Mental Illness honors UW's Dr. Marsha Linehan, The Daily

  4. 3 DBT Skills Everyone Can Benefit From, Psych Central

  5. 3 Lausanne students wrote the course, now living the exam, The Memphis Commercial Appeal

  6. The pursuit of 'radical acceptance', ESPN.com

  7. No Longer Wanting to Die, NYTimes.com

  8. NFL Should Take Lead in Rehabilitating Domestic Violence Offenders, ESPN.com

  9. Expert on Mental Illness Reveals Her Own Fight, NYTimes.com

DBT Videos

General Information

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?: Short video to help adolescents understand DBT and its role in their treatment and day-to-day life.  

Mindfulness Skills Coaching

Mindfulness Meditation from Whil: Practice your mindfulness skills.

"Just Breathe" by Julie Bayer Salzman & John Salzman (Wavecrest Films): Short film to help kids deal with emotions.

"Mindfulness Exercises for Kids: Still Quiet Place" by GoZen! Anxiety Relief for Children: Exercises to help decrease anxiety and increase energy, focus and peace. 

"Practicing Mindfulness: What the heck is it and why do it?" by Charlotte Hammond (Amy Poehler's Smart Girls): A quick guide to mindfulness and how to incorporate it into everyday life.

"Why Mindfulness Is a Superpower: An Animation" by Happify: This short video describes the goals of mindfulness, and how to incorporate it into your life.

Distress Tolerance Skills Coaching

TIPP Skills Series: Learn along with Mann RTC as staff walk through the different TIPP skills and how they're helpful:

"Progressive Muscle Relaxation Meditation" by Meditative Practice for College Students: Exercises to help learn how to fully relax all of the muscles in your body.

"Me Want It (But Me Wait)" by Sesame Street: Cookie Monster sings about needing to master self-regulation skills, while wanting to eat a cookie. 

"Skills, Not Pills" by Dr. Kristi Webb: Dr. Kristi Webb describes a unique approach to remembering to practice self-soothing skills.

Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills Coaching

Coming soon.

Emotion Regulation Skills Coaching

Coming soon.

Walking the Middle Path Skills Coaching

"Tips for Managing Challenging Behaviors in Kids Video Series," by Tom Flis and Remy Chappell, senior behavior specialists at Sheppard Pratt Health System:

To hear recorded skills coaching by phone for all of these skills, please call the Mann’s Life Worth Living Line at 410-938-5060.

Service/Advocacy Organizations

The Linehan Institute: An organization who's mission is to advance leading edge behavioral technologies making compassionate and effective treatments available to all persons with complex and severe mental disorders.

For the latest in DBT research, click here.

National Education Alliance Borderline Personality Disorder: A nationally recognized organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans affected by Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

Training Organizations

The Linehan Institute Behavioral Tech: Trains mental health providers and treatment teams who work with complex and severely disordered populations.

Treatment Implementation Collaborative: Full service consultation, training, and supervision in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and other Evidence Based Practices to mental health systems, agencies and individuals.

DBT Training Videos: Have questions about DBT, or just want to learn more? Use this link to access free training videos for clinicians and consumers.

Charlie Swenson: Includes DBT resources, Charlie's blog, and information on DBT workshops and presentations.

Suggested Readings

For clinicians:

  • “DBT Skills Manual for Adolescents” by Jill H. Rathus and Alec L. Miller
  • “Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Suicidal Adolescents” by Alec L. Miller, Jill H. Rathus, and Marsha M. Linehan
  • “DBT Skills Training Manual” by Marsha M. Linehan
  • “DBT Skills Training Handouts & Worksheets” by Marsha M. Linehan
  • “Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder” by Marsha M. Linehan
  • “Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Clinical Practice: Applications across disorders and settings” edited by Linda Dimeff and Kelly Koerner
  • "Suffering Motivation-Scarcity? Here's How to Effectively Use Your DBT Team and Commitment Strategies"
  • "DBT® Skills in School: Skills Trainings for Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescents (DBT-STEPS A)" by James L. Mazza, Elizabeth T. Dexter-Mazza, Alec L. Miller, Jill H. Rathus, and Heather E. Murphy, foreword by Marsha M. Linehan
  • "Doing Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Practical Guide" by Kelly Koerner, foreword by Marsha M. Linehan
  • "DBT® Principles in Action: Acceptance, Change, and Dialectics" by Charles R. Swenson, foreword by Marsha M. Linehan

For guardians:

  • “Parenting a Child Who Has Intense Emotions” by Pat Harvey, LCSW-C, and Jeannine A. Penzo, LICSW
  • "Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness" by Jon Kabot Zinn
  • "Helping Teens Who Cut: Understanding and Ending Self-Injury" by Michael Hollander
  • "Don't Shoot the Dog! The New Art of Teaching and Training" by Karen Pryor
  • "The Mindfulness Solution for Intense Emotions" by Cedar Koons
  • "Parenting a Teen Who Has Intense Emotions" by Pat Harvey, LCSW-C, and Britt Rathbone, LCSW-C

For youth:

  • “Don’t let emotions run your life” by Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW
  • “Stopping the pain: A workbook for teens who cut and self-injure” by Lawrence Shapiro, Ph.D.
  • “The Anxiety Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Deal with Anxiety and Worry” by Lisa M. Schab, LCSW
  • “The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Build Confidence and Achieve Your Goals” by Lisa M. Schab, LCSW
  • “The Anger Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Deal with Anger and Frustration” by Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, MS, LPC
  • “Mindfulness for Teen Anger: A Workbook to Overcome Anger and Aggression Using MBSR and DBT Skills” by Mark C. Purcell MEd, Psy.D. & Jason R Murphy, MA
  • “Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety: A Workbook for Overcoming Anxiety at Home, at School, and Everywhere Else” by Christopher Willard, Psy.D.
  • "The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Anger: Using DBT Mindfulness and Emotion Regulation Skills to Manage Anger" by Alexander L. Chapman, PhD, RPsych, and Kim L. Gratz, PhD
  • "The Lemonade Hurricane: A Story of Mindfulness and Meditation" by Licia Morelli, author, and Jennifer E. Morris, illustrator



What is DBT?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a research-supported cognitive behavioral psychotherapy that has been found to be effective in treating symptoms and behaviors related to emotional dysregulation. The treatment uses cognitive and behavioral strategies to help participants to develop more adaptive ways of thinking and more effective behaviors. Many of the programs at Sheppard Pratt provide clinical programming that is DBT-informed. Two comprehensive DBT programs are also offered through The Jefferson Residential Treatment Center (RTC) and The Berkeley & Eleanor Mann Residential Treatment Center (RTC).

Learn more about DBT: 

What is DBT? 
Dialectical Behavior Therapy in a Nutshell 
Adapting Dialectical Behavior Therapy to Help Suicidal Adolescents
Dialectical Behavior Therapy FAQs

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DBT Testimonials

“The reason I choose to use my DBT skills is because I find it helpful in life. I believe I improved because if I was still at home, I would take my anger out on my family and punch holes in the wall. Now, I just use my DBT skills to have a better outcome.” – Paul E.

“In the past six months, I have completed one session of DBT skills class. The skill that has helped me the most would be interpersonal effectiveness, because when I first got here, I had no idea how to tell my parents how upset I was so I would just lash out. Now I can use these skills to tell them how I am feeling, why, and properly cope with the situation.” – Sarah S. 

Youth who graduated from Mann RTC were asked “What DBT skills have been most helpful to you since discharge?"

"Mindfulness and Wise Mind, being in the moment, focusing on it right then and there, using interpersonal effectiveness to handle things appropriately." – Desiree N.

"Mindfulness - thinking of something calming and soothing even though you have other worries to think of.  It's a lot easier to think of one thing at a time." – Mia V.