Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Training

What is DBT skills training?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills training class is focused on enhancing clients’ capabilities by teaching them behavioral skills. The leader teaches the skills and assigns homework for clients to practice using the skills in their everyday lives. Classes meet on a weekly basis. It takes 30 weeks to get through the full skills curriculum. The DBT Skills are:

  1. Mindfulness: the practice of being fully aware and present in this one moment
  2. Distress Tolerance: how to tolerate pain in difficult situations, not change it
  3. Interpersonal Effectiveness: how to ask for what you want and say no while maintaining self-respect and relationships with others
  4. Emotion Regulation: how to change emotions that you want to change

There is increasing evidence that DBT skills training alone is a promising intervention for a wide variety of both clinical and nonclinical populations and across settings. Research has shown that DBT is effective in treating a wide range of disorders such as borderline personality disorder (BPD), substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders.*

For more information about DBT visit https://linehaninstitute.org/

There are currently the following classes in progress (Texas residents only):

Men's DBT Skills Class, Wednesdays 11:00 am - 1:00pm Central in-person, started 9/20/2023
Men's DBT Skills Class, Fridays 7:30 am - 9:30 am Central Time via Zoom, started 9/22/2023

Women's DBT Skills Class, Mondays 7:00 pm -9:00 pm Central via Zoom, started 9/25/2023

Partipants can join at any point during the 30-week coarse.

To sign up you need to set an assessment session, contact frontdesk@daringventures.com or call 855-602-2554.


The cost to participate is $80 per meeting.

The Facilitators

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Carol Ann Maner leads a comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) team to help clients who have found it difficult to complete other forms of treatment due to the interference of intense emotions, or impulsive, mood-dependent behavior.  Carol Ann is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Supervisor (LCSW-S), Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT), Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist (CMAT), and a International Certified Gambling Counselor-I (ICGC-1).


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Marcos Leon is a spiritual director, a biblical counselor, and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LCP) in the State of Texas. He is a CSAT and an Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS) - Multi-Dimensional Partner Trauma Model (MPTM) - Trained therapist.


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Lisa Hale is a Licensed Professional Counselor - Supervisor (LPC-S) and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC)


Group Rules

Group participants commit their participation to complete the whole curriculum of DBT skills class (30 weeks). Guidelines for DBT skills class* are:

  1. Participants who drop out of skills training are not out of skills training.
    a. The only way out is to miss four scheduled sessions of skills training in a row.
  2. Participants who join the skills training group support each other and:
    a. Keep names of other participants and information obtained during sessions confidential.
    b. Come to each group session on time and stay until the end.
    c. Make every effort to practice skills between sessions.
    d. Validate each other, avoid judging each other, and assume the best about each other.
    e. Give helpful, noncritical feedback when asked.
    f. Are willing to accept help from a person they ask or call for help.
  3. Participants who join the skills training group:
    a. Call ahead of time if they are going to be late or miss a session.
  4. Participants do not tempt others to engage in problem behaviors and:
    a. Do not come to sessions under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
    b. If drugs or alcohol have already been used, come to sessions acting and appearing clean and sober.
    c. Do not discuss, inside or outside sessions, current or past problem behaviors that could be contagious to others.
  5. Participants do not form confidential relationships with each other outside of skills training sessions and:
    a. Do not start a sexual or a private relationship that cannot be discussed in group.
    b. Are not partners in risky behaviors, crime, or drug use.

* Information taken from the Linehan Institute’s website https://linehaninstitute.org/.

To sign up you need to set an assessment session., contact frontdesk@daringventures.com or call 855-602-2554.

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