Syllabus and Course Contract for

PSY 480.33: Supervision of the Practicum for DBT Skills Training Group

Section 01:Th 6:00–8:50

Spring 2017

Contact Information

Instructor: W. Joel Schneider
Phone: (309) 438‒8410
Office: De Garmo 456
Office hours: Tuesdays 12pm–1pm and by appointment

Course Objectives1

This course is intended for graduate students in the clinical-counseling psychology program and is designed to meet the following program objectives:

Course Description

The purpose of this class is to help prepare students for the role of clinical supervisor they will probably assume in the future of their professional careers. They will gain practical experience in managing the ongoing DBT Skills Group offered through the Psychological Services Center of Illinois State University; instructing first year Clinical-Counseling graduate students in the philosophy, concepts, and training practices of a DBT Skills Group; and supervising the ongoing skills group during the semester.


Linehan, M. M. (1993). Cognitive-behavioral treatment of borderline personality disorder. New York: Gilford Press.

Linehan, M. M. (2015). DBT skills training manual (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.

Linehan, M. M. (2015). DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.

Campbell, J. M. (2005). Essentials of Clinical Supervision. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons.

Pederson, L. & Pederson, C. S. (2005). The Expanded Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training Manual: Practical DBT for Self-Help, and Individual & Group Treatment Settings. Eau Claire, WI: Premier Publishing & Media.



Your grade will be based on the following class components:

Special Accommodations

If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in this class, please contact Disability Concerns at 438-5853 (voice), 438-8620 (TDD).

Academic Integrity

Plagiarizing and cheating on exams and other assignments are not tolerated. Any student exhibiting academic dishonesty will receive an F in the course and will be referred for disciplinary action. Disciplinary action may include expulsion from the university.


Additionally, as an employee of Illinois State University, some of your work will involve access to information/records that are confidential. It is your responsibility to respect the confidentiality of student, patient, and department records; to follow office procedures in order to protect client privacy; and to act in a professional manner, both to the public and over the phone.


The best way to reach me is by email or in person, before or after class. I do not check my office telephone messages nearly as often as I check my email. I may, from time to time, email you about various matters.

DBT Skills Group Supervisor Roles

Roles for Student Supervisors

Tentative Course Outline

This will change as needed throughout the semester. You will be notified of all changes.

Week Reading
1/15Essentials Ch. 1
1/22Essentials Ch. 2
1/29Essentials Ch. 3
2/5Essentials Ch. 4
2/12Essentials Ch. 5
2/19Essentials Ch. 6
2/26Essentials Ch. 7
3/5Essentials Ch. 8
3/12Essentials Ch. 9
3/19Expanded pp. 1–13
3/26Expanded pp. 14–38
4/2Expanded pp. 39–79
4/9Expanded pp. 80–109
4/16Expanded pp. 110–167
4/23Expanded pp. 168–216

Additional Content

Mindfulness Audio Recordings

Much of this syllabus was orginally written by Alvin House, who organized and supervised the first DBT groups at the PSC.