DBT Skills

For Every Teen







Mazza Consulting and Psychological Services, PLLC provides onsite training for the implementation DBT in Schools, including both the DBT STEPS-A universal SEL curriculum and comprehensive school based DBT (SB-DBT). In addition, we provide ongoing onsite or web-based consultation to schools and individuals implementing DBT in Schools. Please contact us for more information and we will help your school design the most effective training program for your site.



DBT Skills in Schools: Skills Training and Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescents

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills have been demonstrated to be effective in helping adolescents manage difficult emotional situations, cope with stress, and make better decisions. From leading experts in DBT and school-based interventions, this unique manual offers the first nonclinical application of DBT skills. The book presents an innovative social-emotional learning curriculum designed to be taught at the universal level in grades 6-12. Explicit instructions for teaching the skills—mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness—are provided in 30 lesson plans, complete with numerous reproducibles: 99 handouts, a diary card, and three student tests. The large-size format and lay-flat binding facilitate photocopying; purchasers also get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.

[T]he authors have found an ingenious way of expanding the reach and implementation of DBT skills to the universal population of adolescents in educational settings...
— Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, ABPP

Current Trainings Available

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  3 Day DBT STEPS-A Implementation Training

3 Day DBT STEPS-A Implementation Training

Dates: February 6-8, 2019.

Trainers: Dr. Lizz Dexter-Mazza and Dr. James Mazza

Host: Forefront in Suicide Prevention 

Location: Seattle, WA

Consultation Services


Mazza Consulting and Psychological Services, PLLC provide a variety of clinical and school based consultation services.

  • Implementation of the DBT STEPS-A universal social emotional learning curriculum
  • Implementation of comprehensive school based DBT.
  • Clinical DBT consultation in all environments (e.g., schools, outpatient, inpatient, residential settings).
  • Preparation for DBT Certification
  • School based counseling for difficult to treat students

About Us

Dr. James J. Mazza

Dr. James J. Mazza is the co-author of the DBT STEPS-A social emotional learning curriculum for middle and high school students. He received his masters and Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  He is a professor at the University of Washington – Seattle where he has been for the past 20 years teaching and conducting research in the field of adolescent mental health. 

Dr. Elizabeth Dexter-Mazza


Dr. Elizabeth Dexter-Mazza  is a certified DBT therapist and co-author of the DBT STEPS-A social emotional learning curriculum for middle and high school students. She received her doctoral degree from the School of Professional Psychology at Pacific University in 2004, and completed her predoctoral internship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center’s Adolescent Depression and Suicide Program. Dr. Dexter-Mazza completed her postdoctoral fellowship under the direction of Dr. Marsha Linehan at the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics (BRTC) at the University of Washington.

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