DBT Skills Training Spring Series for Young Adults

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills training is a class to learn skills to improve one’s ability to cope with daily stress and life. It is not group therapy. This series will not cover all DBT skills. To learn all of the standard DBT skills, participants will need to take additional series and learn two additional modules.


This series will focus on mindfulness and interpersonal effectiveness skills. These skills can help with becoming more present in relationships, understanding oneself within relationships, becoming more effective when interacting with others, getting needs met from others, and maintaining oneself within relationships. This series will also cover how to build new relationships and improve existing ones, how to maintain oneself within relationships, and how to end destructive relationships and recover from invalidation.

Skills training does not replace individual therapy. Participants may be asked to obtain or maintain individual therapy to participate and permission to contact therapist is required. Therapists who know DBT skills are ideal to help implement the DBT skills being taught.


This series is for individuals between the ages of 18 and 29 who are out of high school and may be in college, working, or in transition.


The specific DBT modules covered are mindfulness and interpersonal effectiveness. The other two skill modules in DBT are emotion regulation and distress tolerance, both of which are covered in additional skills series. It is recommended that individuals complete every module twice.

Course Details

The series are on Monday nights from 6:30-8pm. Sessions will be conducted online through Zoom…all you need to do is be in a private space with internet access! Here are the dates:


January 24, 31

February 7, 14, 28 (no meeting on

President's Day)

March 7, 14, 21, 28

April 4, 11, 18


*If any of these dates is canceled, an additional date will be added on the end (April 25th). Otherwise, the last session will be April 18th. Rates are set for 12 sessions.

Payment options:

Pay in full at a one-time payment of $600.

Or, if interested in utilizing a payment plan, a down payment of $300 is required to secure a spot in the series followed by $55/week for 6 weeks. The 6 weekly payments are processed automatically with a credit card on file.


"Superbills" for insurance reimbursement can be provided upon request for sessions attended. It is the expectation that the attendees pay upfront and work with their insurance company to obtain reimbursement.


Interested parties should inform Jennifer Eaton, the skills trainer, by email as soon as possible to schedule the required individual meeting before the first class.


Once the series starts, no one new can join.

New participants should contact Jennifer Eaton, the skills trainer, by email at jeaton@dcbtma.com as soon as possible as the class can fill fast. Prior to attending this skills training series, potential attendees must


  • complete the provided necessary paperwork

  • have a therapist in place who will maintain providing this service during the entire series

  • participate in an individual intake meeting*

  • authorize communication with necessary treatment providers


For official admittance, attendees must also


  • pay for the series in full or pay the deposit**

  • agree to pay all weekly fees if choosing the payment plan***

  • own Marsha Linehan’s DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets by the first meeting

  • and be ready to attend the first skills training group to complete the series


*This meeting is one-hour and costs $150, to be prepaid by a credit card. This meeting is to ensure this DBT skills training series is the right match for the participant. It is nonrefundable regardless of outcome. The credit card will be saved in a HIPPA compliant platform if the payment plan is chosen.


**The payment for the series is non-refundable. Attendees are paying for the series, not each session.


***The payment plan is to help make the course more affordable. It is expected that the individual pays all payments even if they choose to stop attending. If one drops out, the balance will be charged.


To support attendees whose individual therapists are not trained in the DBT skills, this program includes weekly “skills coaching” meetings with an experienced graduate student to complete the practice assignments, practice the skills, and individualize how to apply the skills. This is not therapy nor has an additional fee.

What people are saying about learning DBT Skills:

  • “I have a greater understanding about how to manage myself when communicating with others.”

  • “I have a better understanding about my emotions and feel more capable and how to regulate them.”

  • “Using my DBT skills on a regular basis has definitely improved my relationships.”

  • “I have learned so many new skills which has helped me handle many situations more effectively.”

  • “I use DBT skills each day and have found I am more confident in myself to handle things that come my way.”

What people are saying about DBT Skills training online:

  • “It’s convenient. I don’t have to worry about getting to the skills training location.”

  • “I can participate in skills training then immediately continue with my routine

  • “It is surprisingly comfortable; more so than I thought it’d be.” 

Many who complete these specific modules state:

  • They have a better understanding of their emotions and themselves.

  • They feel more capable and effective at managing their emotions and reactions to a variety of situations in their lives. 

  • They feel more confident in their abilities to manage themselves in various situations.

  • They leave with many more “tools in their toolbelt.”