Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Training Groups

About DBT Skills Training Groups

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment for individuals who significantly struggle experiencing, tolerating, and regulating their emotions. DBT has been found to be effective for people experiencing problems such as: depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and disordered eating. DBT is grounded in mindfulness and focuses on balancing the need to change while validating and accepting where individuals are on their journey.

DBT Skills Training is one mode within a comprehensive DBT treatment program. This 12-week program teaches specific skills to increase an individual’s capabilities to cope with emotions and experience life differently than they currently are. The skills are taught in a group setting to allow for individuals to learn from each other and provide a forum for practicing skills in the moment. The group format resembles a classroom more than a therapy session. Group facilitators provide teachings and new information, and members participate in discussion and hands-on practice of the skills.

What to expect in group?

  • If it’s a virtual group, your camera must be on. We want to see your beautiful face, confused expressions, and nods of understanding
  • If it’s an in-person group, there will be snacks, fidget tools and hands on activities to help you learn
  • Expect to participate. We expect you to ask and answer questions, share relevant examples from your life, and join in when we do hands on projects
  • There will be homework. Each week you will be expected to practice the skill you learned outside of group in your everyday life, write it down and share it in group
  • Expect to learn new ways of living and coping
  • Expect to be pushed a little bit outside your comfort zone while we honor and commend you for being exactly where you are

Upcoming DBT Skills Training groups:

Adult groups

  • DBT Skills Training Group for Adults – Virtual (April 11 – June 27) from 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Young adult groups

  • DBT Skills Training Group for Young Adults – In Person (April 5 – June 21) from 12:00 to 2:00 PM

Teen groups

  • DBT Skills Training Group for Teens – Afternoons (April 16 – June 25) from 3:00 to 5:00 PM
  • DBT Skills Training Group for Teens – Evenings (March 5 – June 4) from 5:30 to 7:30 PM

Please email dbt@mcmancalgary.ca for more information.

To begin the registration process please complete the contact form below.

If you have any questions about the DBT Skills Training groups, please contact:


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Alumni Stories


  • No matter what the problem is I feel like the skills I learned in group have given me a better way to deal with it

  • I’m in my third year of university and I joined group because it’s very stressful. This group has helped me manage my stress

  • I feel like everyone can walk away with one skill and say this is how I can use this tomorrow or next week for my next challenging emotional experience

  • I now live life with purpose

  • Every time a session finishes, I feel like I belong somewhere

  • I’m not used to talking about my emotions so openly, but I think that is a part of what I’ve taken from group. I feel more respected and respectful

  • Embrace it, run into it. Closed arms, open arms, it’s your call and the best thing to do is do it. As much as it can be intimidating, it’s worth it

  • This group has given me validation and a place to belong. It’s taught me that it ok to be different

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