DBT Peer Connections

Building Hope, Community and Mastery

DBT Peer Connections

About DBTPC:

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.)

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 ilovedbt@gmail.com 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!

DBT Handouts & Worksheets Galore!

DBT Skills Quick Reference by Rachel Gill

DBT Skills at a Glance

DBT Skills Quick Reference Sheet (by Rachel Gill)

Core Mindfulness

States of Mind Handout (by Rachel Gill)
Mindfulness Skills Overview (by Rachel Gill)
DBT Biosocial Model for Emotion Dysregulation Handout (by Rachel Gill)
Nonjudgmental Stance Handout and Worksheet (by Seth Axelrod)
Reality Acceptance Skills Overview (by Rachel Gill)
Radical Acceptance Worksheet (by Seth Axelrod
Willingness and Willfulness Worksheet (by Rachel Gill)
Turning the Mind, Willingness & Willfulness Worksheet (by Seth Axelrod)
DBT SMART Goals & VITALS to Success Handout/Worksheet (by Rachel Gill)

Distress Tolerance

DBT SUDS Handout & Worksheet  (by Rachel Gill)
DBT TIP Crisis Survival Skills Handout & Worksheet (by Rachel Gill)
DBT 6 Levels of Validation Handout & Worksheet (by Rachel Gill)
DBT Multi-purpose Pros & Cons Worksheet (by Rachel Gill)
Pros and Cons Worksheet (by Seth Axelrod)
DBT Skills Training Pros and Cons Worksheet (by Rachel Gill)
DBT Skills Training STOP Skills Handout & Worksheet  (by Rachel Gill)
Guided Mindfulness Script for Practicing Mindfulness to Emotion (by Rachel Gill)
Ways to Manage Distress RIGHT NOW Handout (by Seth Axelrod)
Distress Tolerance worksheet (by Randy Wolbert)
Distress Tolerance Sample – (Shared by Cindy Gronert and Susan Smith)

Emotion Regulation

Emotion Myths Worksheet (by Rachel Gill)
Check the Facts Handout & Worksheet (by Rachel Gill)
Opposite Action Handout & Worksheet (by Rachel Gill)
Working with Primary and Secondary Emotions Worksheet & Handout  (by Rachel Gill)
Emotion Regulation Model – Visual (Posted by ML Rollins)
Emotion Regulation Model – Narrative (Posted by ML Rollins)
Model for Describing Emotions Handout and Worksheet (by Seth Axelrod)
Function of Emotions Worksheet (by Seth Axelrod)
Letting go of Emotional Suffering Worksheet (by Seth Axelrod)
DBT Target Behavior Chain Analysis Worksheet (by Rachel Gill)
DBT Behavior Chain & Solution Analysis Worksheet [fillable] (by Rachel Gill)
DBT Behavior Chain Analysis Flowchart Worksheet (by Rachel Gill)

Interpersonal Effectiveness

DEAR MAN GIVE FAST Handout & Worksheet (by Rachel Gill)
Interpersonal Effectiveness Goals Figure (by Seth Axelrod)
DEARMAN GIVE FAST Worksheet (by Seth Axelrod
Managing Interpersonal Anger Handout and Worksheet (by Seth Axelrod)

DBT Diary Cards

DBT Diary Card, Fillable with Skills Tracking (by Rachel Gill)
DBT Diary Card adapted, includes TIP DBT Diary Card (provided by Cindy Smith
DBT Diary Card (posted on DBT-L 1-5-11 by Joan Russo)
DBT Adolescent Diary Card FrontBack (posted by nancy)
Bank Statement Diary Card Excel File (by Gloria Whelchel)
Mindfulness – Bank Statement Diary Card Excel File (by Gloria Whelchel)
PIC DBT Card Excel File (Posted on DBT-L 1-4-11 by Gloria Whelchel)

Miscellaneous DBT Handouts & Worksheets

DBT Secondary Behavior Targets Handout & Worksheets (by Rachel Gill)
Dialectical Dilemmas and Secondary Targets (by Seth Axelrod)
Group Therapy (shared by George H Davis)
DBT Group Therapy Guidelines (shared by George H Davis)
Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness, & Distress Tolerance Skills for Adolescents: A Treatment Manual(Charles Bonner)
Postvention Standards Manual: A Guide for a School’s Response in the Aftermath of a Sudden Death, Revised 11/03(Kerr, Brent, McKain, McCommons)

DBT Handouts for Substance Use Disorders

DBT-SUD Skills Outline and Handouts (Posted on DBT-L 11-1-09 by Astrid Katzur)
DBT and the 12-Steps (Posted on DBT-L 12-14-10 by Corinne Young)
Urge Surfing (Posted on DBT-L 12-14-10 by Corinne Young)

Client Learning Activities

DBT Jeopardy – File 1File 2File 3 (Posted on DBT-L 12-7-10 by Yvonne McAneny)
DBT Jeopardy – File 1File 2File 3 (Posted on DBT-L 12-9-10 by Paula Mendenhall)
Distress Tolerance Millionaire Game – File 1File 2 (Posted on DBT-L 12-9-10 by Paula Mendenhall)
Mindfulness Quiz (Posted on DBT-L 1-10-12 by Lynn Elwood)
Distress Tolerance Quiz (Posted on DBT-L 1-10-12 by Lynn Elwood)
ER Skills Quiz (Posted on DBT-L 1-10-12 by Lynn Elwood)
DBT Quiz Study Guide (Posted on DBT-L 1-10-12 by Lynn Elwood)

Treatment Forms and Training Aids

Adolescent Diary Card
Adolescent Secondary Treatment Targets
Adolescent Skills Training
Behavioral Analysis
Chain Analysis Instructions
Chain Analysis Worksheet
Consultation Team Attendance Log
Consultation Team Check List
Consultation Team Meeting Agenda
Consultation Team Observer Tasks
DBT Commitment Session for New Members
DBT Consultation Team Agreements
DBT Consultation Team Format and Tasks
DBT Consultation Team Member Tasks 
Defining Problems Behaviorally
Diary Card Examples
Diary Card Instructions
Handouts and Practice Exercises

Supervision and Consultation

Self-Assessment of DBT Strategies – DBTTreatmentStrategies.xlsx

More Free DBT Learning Materials on the Web

Clinician Assessment Instruments (Behavioral Research & Therapy Clinics)
DBT Therapist Study Guide (Work group for DBT Certification and Accreditation)
Free Downloadable Therapy Worksheets & CBT Tools (CBT Self Help & Therapist Resources)
DBT Self Help (Client oriented site maintained by Lisa Dietz)


Borderline Personality Disorder Facts Sheet
DBT Assumptions about Clients
DBT Frequently Asked Questions
Diagnosing BPD
DSM-IV-TR Diagnostic Criteria for BPD
Manuals for Empirically Supported Treatments
Relevant Assessments

Recommended Reading

Adolescent DBT Reference List
Recommended Reading – DBT Basics Pt.1
Recommended Reading – DBT Basics Pt.2
Recommended Reading – Addictions and Problem Drinking
Recommended Reading – Mindfulness Pt.1
Recommended Reading – Mindfulness Pt.2




15 thoughts on “DBT Peer Connections

  1. Some items I am unable to access such as worksheets that I would like to use for myself. Please advise.


  2. Broken Links maybe? “Not Found” is the error message I get for most or all of the items listed under “DBT Therapist “Tool Kit”


    • Yes, this is because I linked directly rather than from my own server. I have all the worksheets and more though and am in the process of gettibng them organized, uploaded, and linked, thanks for bringing it to my attention, was there something specific that you wanted, if so let me know and I will see if I jave it on hand


  3. Is there a community forum on this site where users interact by posting topics, questions, comments, etc.? Or is this it?


  4. Is there a forum where members of this community discuss interact directly by posting topics, comments, questions about DBT, etc.?
    Or is this it right here?


  5. This website has been extremely valuable to me since my insurance does not pay for dbt group anymore. The information and tools provided are helpful and provide another way to understand dbt in a both and attitude. I am also fortunate that they did simplify the verbatim of the infamous label “borderline” with it’s new names such as emotion regulation disorder in the dsm 5. Thank you for the worksheets especially for those who are not able to afford the text books.


  6. Looking on doing DBT for PTSD and BPD


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