How does DBT online skills training work?
DBT online classes work by allowing students to learn at their own pace while receiving support from other students and a DBT-trained therapist. Courses are hosted on the Udemy platform and include between 35-50 skills in each of the four modules. Students can learn a variety of DBT skills and decide what skills work best for their unique situation. Along with the DBT online courses, which include videos for every DBT skill, there are other ways students learning DBT online gain support. Students have access to a Q&A section on Udemy, the Facebook Diary Card Support group, and weekly group office hours offered by Alicia Paz, M.A on Skype. Private DBT Skills Coaching is available for those seeking even more guidance.
What is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) combined with Zen Buddhism to identify negative thinking patterns and gain healthy coping skills. Although DBT was created to treat those with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD,) it has also shown success in treating those with depression and anxiety among other mental health issues. The goal of DBT is to find the middle path, decrease intense emotions, improve interpersonal relationships and learn effective coping skills for difficult times. DBT focuses on the present situations people are dealing with and involves learning skills to gain better control of your emotions and lead a more rewarding life.
What are DBT skills?
DBT skills are what DBT is all about and each of the four DBT modules includes many coping skills to help with a variety of issues from regulating intense emotions, handling conversations with difficult people, to managing painful and intrusive thoughts. The core of DBT skills is mindfulness, a way to slow your brain and body down and begin becoming more aware of your body and thoughts. All DBT skills re-wire your brain and offer more effective and healthier options for difficult situations, navigating relationships and challenging thoughts.