DBT® Skills Manual for Adolescents

By: Jill H Rathus and Alec L Miller

DBT® Skills Manual for Adolescents

Dialectical behavior therapy has revolutionized cognitive behavioral therapies with constructs such as mindfulness and acceptance now permeating behavioral approaches. Adolescents differ from adult clients with regard to emotional and cognitive developmental level and context: they overwhelmingly attend school, and reside with their families and depend on them for daily functioning, including for getting to therapy. Thus, we considered developmentally relevant as well as family-based targets, cognitive processing and capability differences, distinct liability issues, and interventions with their environments. Our adapted adolescent skills handouts are being used in multiple research settings; many clinical settings around the world employ some version of our materials. The publication of this manual makes them more widely available along with group management strategies and skills teaching notes to assist the DBT skills trainer working with adolescents.


  • Great potential: clinicians have expressed a great need for a DBT book on teens.
  • DBT is the hottest treatment available for emotional dysregulation, which is at the core of many adolescent problems.
  • Complete package: includes teaching notes, discussion points, practical strategies for structuring skills groups, and teen friendly reproducible (and downloadable) handouts.
  • Ideal for use in residential, inpatient, outpatient, hospital, or clinical settings.
  • From the authors of the successful related title Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Suicidal  Adolescents.


Mental health practitioners who treat multiproblem 12- to 19-year-olds and their families, including clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, mental health counselors, and psychiatric nurses.

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