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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Worksheets

Treatment guides

Exercises, Worksheets & Workbooks

  • Linehan, M. M., & Wilks, C. R. (2015). The course and evolution of dialectical behavior therapy. American journal of psychotherapy69(2), 97-110.
  • Palmer, R. L. (2002). Dialectical behaviour therapy for borderline personality disorder. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 8, 10-16
  • Valentine, S. E., Bankoff, S. M., Poulin, R. M., Reidler, E. B., & Pantalone, D. W. (2015). The use of dialectical behavior therapy skills training as stand‐alone treatment: A systematic review of the treatment outcome literature. Journal of clinical psychology71(1), 1-20.

The Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) is an Australian mental health organisation that conducts research, provides training and supervision, and offers a clinical service. They have made some emotional regulation / distress tolerance resources. has also created a selection of DBT-style resources.

DBT Handouts & Worksheets

DBT Skills
  1. DBT skills quick reference sheet
Core Mindfulness Skills
  1. States of mind handout
  2. 6 levels of validation handout & worksheets
  3. Reality acceptance skills overview
Distress Tolerance
  1. DBT multi-purpose pros & cons worksheet
  2. DBT skills training pros & cons worksheet
  3. Guided mindfulness script for practicing mindfulness to emotion
  4. Distress tolerance worksheet
Emotion Regulation
  1. Emotion myths worksheet
  2. Check the facts handout & worksheet
  3. Opposite action handout & worksheet
  4. Working with primary and secondary emotions worksheet and handout
  5. DBT target behavior chain analysis worksheet
  6. DBT behavior chain & solution analysis worksheet (fillable)
Interpersonal effectiveness
  1. DEAR MAN GIVE FAST handout & worksheet

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