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What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD, ABPP. It emphasizes individual psychotherapy and group skills training classes to help people learn and use new skills and strategies to develop a life that they experience as worth living. DBT skills include skills for mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.

The UCSF DBT Program for Adolescents and Young Adults created a fun, easy-to-understand overview of Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

DBT was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD). It is now recognized as the gold standard psychological treatment for this population. In addition, research has shown that it is effective in treating a wide range of other disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders.


Behavioral Tech is the original DBT training company founded by Dr. Marsha Linehan in 2002. We specialize in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) training for mental health providers, agencies, and large systems. We have provided DBT training based on the latest research developments over 40,000 providers. Whether you are an individual practitioner or the administrator of a complex system, our expert trainers and varied learning formats can help you meet your DBT training goals.

We work with you to implement comprehensive DBT according to the evidence-based model while adapting it to the specific needs of your clinic and clients. Visit our event calendar to find an upcoming training near you. Or visit our online training course catalog. Or explore more options for DBT training for your agency or organization.

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