The Expanded Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training Manual: DBT for Self-Help and Individual & Group Treatment Settings

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Congratulations to Lane Pederson, and his book, The Expanded Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training Manual, 2nd Edition: DBT for Self-Help and Individual & Group Treatment Settings, for winning a silver medal at the 2018 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards for editorial and design excellence in both Psychology and Self-Help categories.

This second edition is the most comprehensive and readable DBT manual available with more skills than any other DBT book on the market.

Beyond updates to the classic skills modules, clients and therapists will be enriched by added modules that include Dialectics, Cognitive Modification, Problem-Solving, and Building Routines as well as all-new, much-needed modules on Addictions and Social Media.

Designed for DBT therapists, eclectic and integrative therapists, and as a self-help guide for people interested in learning DBT skills, the straightforward explanations and useful worksheets contained within make DBT skills learning and practice accessible and practical for both skills groups and individual users.

From the Publisher:

Most DBT manuals focus on four main skills modules: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion, Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. This book approaches the skills in these classic modules with fresh perspectives, expanded explanations, and new examples and worksheets. New skills have also been added to these modules on occasion, and a couple of original acronyms have been changed to improve their use. Readers who use a variety of skills manuals will notice these differences and can choose what to teach or apply based on what works best for their clients.

Building on the four original modules, this book expands into six other skills modules:

  • Dialectics: The Dialectics modules teaches clients how to find the middle path with thinking and behaviors. As with mindfulness, learning dialectics can be complicated, but the concepts are enormously helpful when understood and applied.
  • Cognitive Modification: Cognitive skills have largely been absent from DBT. This manual takes a dialectical view of cognitive interventions and adapts them to fit DBT philosophies, teaching clients how to observe and shift thinking without invalidating feelings.
  • Problem-Solving: Clients often try to solve problems through Emotion Mind or through haphazard, trial-and-error approaches that are not grounded in values. The Problem-Solving module teaches clients how to define problems and options and how to take action guided by their priorities, goals, and values.
  • Addictions: This module explains the basics of addictions and assists with pattern recognition, decreasing vulnerability, managing triggers, and applying specialized skills to overcoming addictive behaviors of all types.
  • Building a Satisfying Life: Research shows the importance of structure, and this module teaches clients how to structure a satisfying life with ongoing and balanced routines.
  • Social Media: Sorely needed in this age, the Social Media module teaches clients the essentials of using media responsibility to both harness its resources and avoid its pitfalls.


To be manageable to therapists and clients, each module and its component skills are made up of enough text to explain the concepts but not so much as to overwhelm the reader or compromise the book’s direct usefulness in therapy.


“How do you make the best book about DBT by its most gifted trainers even better? You find ways to include more great ideas and pragmatic skills while making it even more accessible and immediately applicable” —Barry Duncan, PsyD, Author of On Becoming a Better Therapist and developer of the Partners for Change Outcome Management System

“The second edition is easy to understand, practical, and a welcome addition to anyone’s library — therapist or layperson. The manual presents the skills in a way that is self-explanatory, rather than requiring a trained professional to wade through pages of clinical jargon. Once again, Lane irreverently refusing to tiptoe through proprietary minefields in order to make DBT more accessible to everyone.” —Stephanie Vaughn, PsyD, Clinical psychologist and DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician

“Marsha Linehan developed DBT. And Lane Pederson has expanded it! Many practitioners have knowledge of evidence-based practice, but few have the ability to translate that knowledge into practical, real-world tools that can truly help give struggling individuals a life worth living. Unlike the many books that go unused on your shelf, this companion is a daily ‘go-to’ resource for any practice treating emotionally dysregulated clients. Dr. Pederson is a true leader in the field and his second edition has outdone his first!” —Jeff Riggenbach, PhD, LPC, Author, The CBT Toolbox: A Guide for Clients & Clinicians and The BPD Toolbox: An Evidence-Based Guide for Regulating Emotions

“This manual is the most thorough, up-to-date, and valuable resource for clinicians who use DBT. Now spiral-bound, it’s easy and convenient to make copies for both individuals and groups. And the inclusion of strategies for using social media is brilliant,especially for those working with adolescents and young adults. It’s becoming more and more evident that DBT skills are life skills, and this manual provides all the necessary tools. A most beneficial book.” —Linda A. Curran, BCPC, LPC, CACD, CCPD, Author of bestselling 101 Trauma-Informed Intervention

“Dr. Pederson has provided therapists and clients with a very thorough, expansive and easy to understand explanation of the skills clients need to learn to regulate their emotions and live a full and satisfying life. Pederson is able to explain concepts in new ways that bring additional clarity even to seasoned DBT therapists and trainers. The addition of modules on addiction and social media, as well as skills to learn behaviors that enhance anyone s life (such as problem solving, making friends or developing routines) make this book unique and indispensable for any therapist, for all clients and even for family members. I wholeheartedly recommend it and look forward to using its concepts and skills in my own work with clients.” —Pat Harvey, ACSW, LCSW-C, DBT trainer and therapist, co-author of Parenting a Child Who Has Intense Emotions, Dialectical Behavior Therapy for At-Risk Adolescents and Parenting a Teen Who Has Intense Emotions

“An abundance of fresh, practical and reproducible tools for healthier emotions and stronger resilience. The second edition updates and expands the knowledge, research and skills so greatly needed by mental health professionals and those who depend upon us to deliver the most accessible, effective and well-proven treatments possible.” —Henry Emmons, MD Author of The Chemistry of Joy and The Chemistry of Calm

“There are many books and resources about DBT, but Pederson s second edition rises above as an essential. His strategies have been proven in more than a decade of successful clinical practice, and this new book makes his important work accessible to all.” —Cathy Moonshine, PhD, MSCP, MAC, CADC III,Author of Acquiring Competency and Achieving Proficiency with DBT, Volume I & II

“Dr. Pederson’s second edition is a must-have book for both clinicians and clients. As a leader in ‘Second-wave DBT,’ Dr. Pederson continues to generate amazing and accessible content. This book provides new perspectives on the classic skill modules by expanding explanations and introducing new examples and handouts. One of the most exciting aspects of this book is the expansion of six other skill modules: Dialectics, Cognitive Modification, Problem-Solving, Addictions, Building a Satisfying Life, and Social Media. The new modules help clinicians and clients address their real world struggles by providing meaningful content and fresh ideas. I strongly encourage you to add this book to your desktop collection of works. I have been working with DBT theory, skills, and concepts since the 1990s with thousands of clients and this work will be immediately integrated into my training and practice.” —Mark Carlson, PsyD, LP Founder & CEO of Mental Health Systems, specializing in DBT treatment

About the Author:

Lane Pederson, PsyD, LP, DBTC, has trained over 10,000 professionals in DBT across the US, Australia, South Africa, and Canada. He is the founder of Dialectical Behavior Therapy Certification and Accreditation Association (DBTNCAA), owner of Mental Health Systems (MHS), one of the largest DBT-specialized practices in the world, and Lane Pederson and Associates, a DBT training and consultation company. His other books include Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training for Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment Settings and Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Contemporary Guide for Practitioners.
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