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DBT Cheat Sheet

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) introduces various techniques that clients can use to cope with their emotions and prevent themselves from engaging in problematic behaviors. These techniques include mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance.

The DBT Cheat Sheet handout serves as a quick reference that compiles many key DBT strategies clients can implement in challenging situations. For example, during a crisis, they may benefit from self-soothing with their six senses, which can be found on the handout under “distress tolerance.”

Skills described in the DBT cheat sheet can support kids in improving emotional regulation, and developing healthier interpersonal relationships. Teachers can print multiple copies of this handout and introduce DBT concepts as part of social-emotional learning (SEL). We also recommend explaining or demonstrating how each technique may be applied in real-life scenarios.

This cheat sheet is included in our DBT Coping Skills handout bundle, which provides 1-page reference guides to each of the main DBT skills modules.

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  1. Zapolski, C. B., & Smith, G. T. (2017). Pilot study: Implementing a brief DBT skills program in schools to reduce health risk behaviors among early adolescents. The Journal of School Nursing : The Official Publication of the National Association of School Nurses, 33(3), 198. https://doi.org/10.1177/1059840516673188
  2. Chapman, A. L. Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Current Indications and Unique Elements. Psychiatry (Edgmont), 3(9), 62-68. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2963469/
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