DBT Skills Manual for Adolescents

Title: DBT Skills Manual for Adolescents
Author: Rathus, J.H., & Miller, A.L.
Year: 2015
Description: The DBT Skills Manual for Adolescents offers a guide for mental health practitioners working with adolescents who struggle to control their emotions and behaviours. Emotional and behavioural dysregulation often contribute to an adolescent’s difficulties in establishing a stable sense of self and forming fulfilling and stable relationships with peers and family members.

The five sets of of skills in this book directly correspond to the five major problems that are associated with emotional dysregulation in adolescents. “Mindfulness skills” help adolescents increase their self-awareness and attentional control while reducing suffering and increasing pleasure; “distress tolerance skills” offer tools to reduce impulsivity and accept reality as it is; “emotional regulation skills” help increase positive emotions and reduce negative emotions; “interpersonal effectiveness skills” help adolescents improve and maintain peer and family relationships and build self-respect; and “walking the middle path skills” teach methods for reducing family conflict by teaching validation, behaviour change principles, and dialectical thinking and acting.

The book is divided into three sections: The “first” section contains information for understanding dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and its skills training mode, and for setting up and running a DBT skills training program. The “second” section contains the teaching notes, lecture points, examples, and strategies for orienting clients and teaching the specific DBT skills. The “third” section contains the skills training handouts for teens and families in the Orientation, Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Walking the Middle Path, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills modules.

Age Range: Adolescent (12 to 18 years)
Administration: Individual and Group
Inventory: 1 Complete Kit

  • 1 Training Manual @ $50.00
  • 1 Binder of Downloadable Handouts and Worksheets Volume @ No charge – BSB 160G
Publisher: The Guilford Press
Qualification Level: Level A or 3
Test Category: Clinical Assessment
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