DBT TIP Skill Worksheet

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What is the theory behind this DBT TIP Skill Worksheet?

TIP skills in Dialectical Behavior Therapy are part of Distress tolerance skills that teach individuals how to manage their painful and stressful emotional states by calming their minds and body and accepting the painful reality instead of avoiding it. TIP skills in particular are used to reduce the intensity of an overwhelming emotional state as quickly as possible so as to avoid any negative reaction in the moment. It is literally meant to change your body chemistry.

How will the worksheet help?

This handout will help educate individuals about TIP skills as part of teaching Distress Tolerance skills to manage overwhelming emotional states. This technique can help them alter their brain chemistry in the moment of an emotional crisis to help calm themselves as quickly and effectively. 

How to use the worksheet?

This handout is used in Dialectical Behavior Therapy when teaching individuals about Distress Tolerance Skills. Provide this handout along with a discussion on TIP skills. Instruct them to place it somewhere so that it is easily visible to them when needed as a reminder. 

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