Relationship Skills 101 for Teens


Your Guide to Dealing with Daily Drama, Stress, and Difficult Emotions Using DBT

Does a teenager in your life ever feel like their emotions are out of control? Is it hard for them to make friends, get a date, or get along with their parents? They aren’t alone! For some people, good relationships seem to come easily. But if you are like many others, you may need a little help.

This book offers evidence-based strategies to take control of reactions in order to respond effectively to peer pressure, bullying, cyberbullying, and gossip, helping to navigate the many social issues that make these years so challenging.

This dynamic book offers teens powerful tools based in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to help regulate emotions and build better relationships with parents, friends, and peers.



In Relationship Skills 101 for Teens, you’ll first discover how mindfulness can help you face each life experience with awareness and acceptance. Second, you’ll find more effective ways of communicating with others so you can develop healthier, more balanced relationships. Finally, you’ll learn powerful skills to regulate your emotions so you don’t end up taking things out on the people you care about. With these combined skills, you’ll learn how to act in healthier ways so you don’t end up pushing people away.

Like most teens, you want to make and keep friends. You also want to date! And you’d probably like to have a good relationship with your parents. This book will give you the skills to reach these goals and live a happier, more fulfilling life―well beyond your teen years. Why not get started now?

“Sheri Van Dijk has managed to successfully simplify and extend the principles of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) into a concise, user-friendly format. While highlighting the interplay of one’s sense of self and their roles in relationships, the reader is given clear examples and skills to successfully manage their emotions and improve communication. Although the intended audience is adolescents, this book is a valuable resource for parents and anyone working with teenagers.” ―Leanne Garfinkel, MA, clinical psychologist and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)-informed therapist

Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice and at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, ON, Canada. She is author of The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bipolar Disorder, Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for TeensCalming the Emotional Storm, and DBT Made Simple, and coauthor of The Bipolar Workbook for Teens. In September 2010, she received the R.O. Jones Award from the Canadian Psychiatric Association for her research on using dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills to treat bipolar disorder. Sheri presents internationally on using DBT to treat mental health problems.

Relationship Skills 101 for Teens. 208 pages. Paperback.

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Weight 14 oz
Dimensions 8 × 5 × 1 in


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