DBT Skills Training Group Program – Learn, Understand, & Practice New Skills

Learn practical skills from the four key modules of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT):

Emotion Regulation
Distress Tolerance
Interpersonal Effectiveness

DBT helps people to gain new skills, refresh existing skills, and practice implementing them in a supportive, small group structure.

What skills will I learn?

Emotion Regulation

The skills in this module assist participants to recognise, name, and better understand emotions. Emotion Regulation skills are useful in helping participants better manage emotions, reduce vulnerability to difficult emotions, and build positive emotions in their lives.


These skills give participants multiple ways to build the ability to be present, curious, and attentive to their current experience.

Distress Tolerance

This module incorporates skills participants can use to tolerate difficult emotions and situations, without making things worse (i.e. like using unhelpful coping mechanisms).

Interpersonal Effectiveness

The skills in this module give a structure participants can use in interactions with others, especially in conversations many people find challenging – like saying “no” to requests, or asking for their needs to be met in a relationship.

How is Skills Training Different than Group Therapy?

Unlike Group Therapy, our DBT Skills Training Group Program does not expect or encourage deep exploration of personal mental health factors, history, triggers, or unhealthy coping mechanisms.

Given the condensed format of this program, the time in group sessions is used to focus on learning new skills, practicing new skills, and reviewing any issues or questions in applying skills outside of sessions.

Who can benefit from DBT skills?

DBT skills have been shown to benefit a wide range of people – including (but not limited to) those who have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), and those who engage in self harm and/or experience suicidal thoughts.

We often have people tell us that the group has been helpful in several ways, including:

Managing overwhelming emotions more effectively
Feeling less alone with their long-term patterns as they get to meet people with similar issues
Having a place to learn skills in an intensive way, which complements existing individual therapy
Learning more about the functions of emotions

Evo Psychology’s 12-week DBT Skills Training Group Program is neurodiversity affirming, and aims to make the skills accessible to a broad range of people.