DBT Interpersonal Skills: FAST Worksheet

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The goal of DBT’s interpersonal effectiveness skill is to build and maintain positive relationships which have a huge impact on the quality and outcome of our relationships with others. 

The FAST skill is an important component of communication as it requires individuals to be truthful about their problems and not sacrifice their integrity.

FAST is an acronym with each letter representing its own skills. It stands for Fair, Apologies, Sticking to Your Values, and Truthful.

What Are The Theories Behind This Worksheet?

Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a type of talking therapy specifically adapted to treat individuals who suffer from extremely intense emotions.

DBT treatment is based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and is used to help struggling individuals identify and positively change negative thinking patterns.

DBT focuses on providing therapeutic skills in mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and The Middle Path.

FAST is the DBT Interpersonal Effectiveness acronym for Self-Respect Effectiveness, or keeping respect for yourself.

How Will This Worksheet Help You?

This worksheet will help you maintain self-respect, get your needs met during a conflict and help set effective boundaries that will build positive relationships.

How Should You Use This Worksheet?

This worksheet should teach individuals to build mastery in interpersonal effectiveness and maintain their own self-respect.

You can download this worksheet here.

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Aspire Counseling. (No Date). FAST: A DBT Skill for Maintaining Your Self-Respect. Available at: https://aspirecounselingmo.com/blog/fast-a-dbt-skill-for-maintaining-your-self-respect.  [Accessed December 07, 2022]


DBT Tools. (© 2022). FAST Skill. Available at: https://dbt.tools/interpersonal_effectiveness/fast.php.  [Accessed December 07, 2022]