Syllabus and Course Contract for

PSY 480A35: Advanced Practicum for Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training Group

Section 001: Thursdays 6:00–8:50

Fall 2016

Contact Information

Instructor: W. Joel Schneider
Office: DeGarmo 456
Phone: 438-8410
Office hours: MW 11–12, and by appointment

Course Objectives

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 the DBT Skills Group is to teach a set of coping responses we believe will be useful to participants in many areas of their lives. The group will combine brief lectures and discussions of key ideas from the DBT literature with exercises to illustrate the points discussed and begin turning these ideas into natural responses we make in our day-to-day life. There will be “homework” for clients and like many aspects of our lives–you will probably find the more you enter into activities, the more you will gain.

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

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


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 Roles

Group Leaders (2 people)

Back-up (1 person)

Record Keeper (1 person)

Contact Person (1 person)

Gopher (1 person)


Reading Assignments

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

Week Reading
1Manual Ch. 1
2Manual Ch. 2
3Manual Ch. 3
4Manual Ch. 4
5Manual Ch. 5
6Manual Ch. 6
7Manual Ch. 7
8Manual Ch. 8
9Manual Ch. 9
10Manual Ch. 10