DBT Peer Connections (DBTPC) is a grassroots peer support community created by Rachel Gill for peers who are dedicated to improving their emotional health through daily dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills practice. DBTPC provides a means for peers to cultivate relationships with others committed to learning, practicing, educating others about, and building mastery of the 4 DBT skill sets: core mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. DBTPC is committed to eliminating stigma against people with emotional health challenges by creating hope through sharing stories of recovery and advocating in our communities, online and through political action. DBTPC honors, values, and practices compassion; non-judgment; cultural, ethnic, spiritual diversity; and equally respects that every person has a wise mind.
Request to join our peer support group on Facebook and connect with a thriving community of over 4000 peers and start building skillful means and your network of support today. DBT Peer Connections Facebook Group (It is open to member requests but closed to non-member viewing.)
DBT Assumptions (An assumption is a belief that cannot be proved, but we agree to abide by it anyway.)
- All people at any given point in time are doing the best they can.
- People want to improve their lives and be happy.
- People need to do better, try harder, and be more motivated to change
- People may not have caused all of their own problems, but they have to solve them anyway.
- New behavior has to be learned in all relevant contexts.
- All behaviors (actions, thoughts, emotions) are caused and therefore happen for a reason.
- Figuring out and changing the causes of behavior works better than judging and blaming someone for a problem behavior.
DBT Peer Support Guidelines: Do’s
- Peers DO offer compassionate listening.
- Peers DO validate emotional experiences without judgment
- Peers DO help peers define SMART goals and VITALS to success strategies
- Peers DO use dialectical thinking to highlight and radically accept all points of view
- Peers DO share experiences with skills and recovery stories
- Peers DO provide basic definitions for DBT skills
- Peers DO provide assistance on how to appropriately interact with other peers
- Peers DO respect and honor diversity
DBT Peer Support Guidelines: Don’ts
- Peers DO NOT Diagnose mental disorders
- Peers DO NOT Provide 1 on 1 psychotherapy or counselling
- Peers DO NOT Provide medical or medication advice
- Peers DO NOT Tell peers how to solve their problems
- Peers DO NOT Tell peers how they should feel or behave
- Peers DO NOT Take sides in conflicts or
- Peers DO NOT Communicate to others on peers’ behalf
- Peers DO NOT Discriminate against persons based on sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, nationality
Do you want to learn more about DBTPC current and future directives? The following podcast offers a detailed overview of the organizational aims of DBTPC.
If you want to volunteer with DBTPC, we always need help blogging, tweeting, and moderating The DBTPC Facebook group. Send an email to Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org with “DBT volunteer” in the subject line. In the body of your message briefly describe your DBT experience, a little bit about your personal DBT goals and the best way and time to reach you. We would love to have you on our team!