In DBT Skills training for young people there are five modules taught. The modules and the types of skills you will learn and practice with your therapist are as follows:
Mindfulness: How to focus our minds on the present, and notice when we are spending time not being ‘in-the moment’ due to worrying about the past or future.
Distress Tolerance: Learning to accept and tolerate distress, survive crises and accept life as it is in the moment, without trying to change it.
Emotional Regulation: How to cope with difficult emotions and how to change emotions we want to change.
Interpersonal Effectiveness: Learning effective ways of asking for what we want and saying no, while improving relationships with others.
Walking the Middle Path: Learning to replace “either-or” thinking with collaborative “both-and” thinking, and to make room for compromise.
Typically, each module lasts for four weeks, and between each module, two weeks of mindfulness skills practice is done. The modules may be done more quickly or more slowly in inpatient settings depending upon the person’s needs.