The DBT Skills are a set of four black and white US-sized one-page minis that cover four skills used in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy: DEARMAN, PLEASE, TIPP, and GIVE.
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy does love an acronym, and I love that someone thought to turn some of the skills into a mini-zine series.
No space goes to waste in this jam-packed series. Each mini page is dedicated to one letter of the acronym. Along with what the letter stands for, each page is filled with examples of what that particular part of the skill means. When the acronym doesn’t fill all of the pages, Mary uses the remaining pages for additional reflection and validation.
I like Mary’s free-spirited style with plenty of information and doodles packed in. It’s quite full on if you’re having any trouble focusing. But, by the same token, it makes them fun to explore.
I’m already pretty familiar with Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. From that perspective, I’m glad Mary thought to create these minis. They are useful for getting and staying familiar with the DBT ‘tools’. That said I think if I wasn’t familiar, I would still understand them. They would probably have even inspired me to explore DBT as a therapy method. I also quite liked the additions of ‘check ins’ and validations when they were included.
I think this is a great set of minis that is both useful and helpful.