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The S.T.O.P. distress tolerance skill is an acronym for the following steps: Stop, Take a step back, Observe, and Proceed mindfully. The STOP skill is one of the crisis survival skills in distress tolerance that helps increase mindfulness. Moreover, it helps a client make logical choices instead of emotional ones.

The DBT STOP Skill PDF handout recommends activities for each acronym, such as not reacting, taking deep breaths, observing thoughts and surroundings, and considering your goals.

Kids and teens can use this handout to help them learn ways to stay in control and act less impulsively. This handout can be used by individuals who deal with strong emotions, such as anger, sadness, frustration, fear, anxiety, and jealousy.

After learning the STOP skill, they can discuss specific coping skills for various situations with a trusted adult, and apply the skill with our DBT STOP Skill worksheets.

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  1. Lp, J. E. P. (2015b). Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training with Adolescents: A Practical Workbook for Therapists, Teens & Parents. PESI Publishing & Media.
  2. Linehan, M. M. (2014). DBT skills training handouts and worksheets. Guilford Publications.
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