Teaching and Implementation Strategies for Selected DBT Skills for Elementary and Secondary Students (WS025)

Friday, February 18, 2022
12:45 PM–4:00 PM

  • CPD: 3
  • PMD: 4,5
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn selected DBT skills from each module of the DBT STEPS-A curriculum, with particular focus on emotion regulation and distress tolerance skills;
  2. learn the decision-making process of deciding which skills to implement and when; and
  3. learn strategies to adapt these skills to the diversity and multicultural needs of their students.


To discuss and teach selected skills from the DBT STEPS-A curriculum as an upstream approach for reducing adolescent self-harming and suicidal behavior through emotion regulation, decision- making, and distress tolerance skills. With increased rates of adolescent suicide and self-harming behavior, proactive approaches at the universal level are needed to stem the flow of students who may experience emotionally dysregulated behaviors. This interactive workshop will consist of participants learning and discussing selected DBT STEPS-A curriculum skills.



James J. Mazza, PhD

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