Introduction to DBT

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This comprehensive course has been designed to equip you with basic DBT skills and knowledge that you can use to support your ongoing treatment, use while you wait for treatment or for use in your recovery journey. This is an online course, taken at your own pace, and will explain what DBT is, how it can be used with borderline personality disorder patients, and some of the disorders and traumas it can treat.


We also cover the four skill modules of DBT – mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation and distress tolerance.


The course contains a selection of videos, handouts and worksheets.


Disclaimer: the designers and tutors on this course are not mental health professionals, but volunteers with lived experience of BPD and experience of DBT. This course is not intended to replace medical advice, and is for information and self-development only. This course is not regulated by Ofqual and is not an accredited qualification. 

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What Will You Learn?

  • what DBT is and how it is used to treat borderline personality disorder
  • how DBT was developed and how it differs from CBT
  • acceptance and change
  • mindfulness
  • interpersonal effectiveness
  • emotional dysregulation
  • distress tolerance
  • useful coping strategies

Course Content


  • Introduction
  • Course Syllabus
  • Aims of the Course
  • What we Expect of You
  • Available Support
  • Handouts and Worksheets
  • Copyright Statement
  • Exercise 1 – Journal


What is DBT?

Who is DBT suitable for?

What Can DBT be Used For?

Counselling, Psychotherapy and Talking Therapies

About Skills Training and Analyzing Behaviours

Mindfulness Skills

Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills

Emotional Dysregulation and the Biosocial Theory

Distress Tolerance

Emotion Regulation Skills

Treatment by DBT

Useful coping strategies



Appendix – Handouts and Worksheets

Course Review and Thank You

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