Introduce DBT as a treatment model, including the different functions and modes of achieving these functions. Explain DBT targets (what behaviors are targeted in treatment) and the order they are dealt with, including suicidal thoughts and behaviors, treatment interfering behaviors, etc. Describe the biosocial theory for emotion dysregulation, and how to talk about this with patients.

Briefly, this states that people have vulnerabilities to experiencing dysregulaton that can be prompted by events in peoples’ lives, emotions involve sensations that are useful to observe and name, they come with urges, emotions serve specific functions, and that this all makes sense given evolution.