DBT STEPS & Mindfulness

DBT STEPS (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Training for Emotional Problem Solving) is a program that develops emotion management, interpersonal and decision-making skills for children and young people; both highly exposed to numerous academic, social, developmental, and emotional pressures that may lead to risk behaviors and behavioral disorders. Although schools often do not offer courses on coping with stress and decision making, the need for such skills continues to grow. DBT STEPS curriculum was developed to meet this need. It teaches practical skills for regulating emotions, reducing impulsive behaviors, solving problems, and building and repairing interpersonal relationships. The curriculum consists of four primary skill areas or “modules” (Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness); it is designed for approximately 30 weeks of lessons. However, the curriculum is flexible enough to fit other school agenda modalities.


At ENCUENTRA-T JALISCO A.C., one of our goals is to train the educative community of our 51 target schools on DBT STEPS skills to ensure the correct application of the program and provide children with the necessary tools to become aware of themselves and their environment. Some benefits of this practice are: greater concentration ability, emotional management and control of impulses, greater reflexive capacity, greater empathy and compassion, among others. On the other hand, teachers need to be able to manage and cope with burn out syndrome, contributing to the improvement of the teaching experience and enjoy the opportunities of human and professional fulfillment that leading students to success brings.



The "Emotions Spot" is a space created within the classroom so that children can live their emotions without repressing them and without interrupting the rest of the class. According to specialists, anger and sadness prevent children from being able to carry out a proper learning process because the brain gives priority to the present emotion; consequently, children are not able to focus on other activities.