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date: 20 September 2019

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a complex and multifaceted treatment programme designed to treat a complex and multifaceted population. While much attention has been paid to some of the key functions of the comprehensive treatment (i.e., enhancing behavioural capabilities, improving motivation), there has been little written about the function of ensuring that skillful behaviour generalizes outside the therapy session. This chapter discusses the importance of skills generalization as a function of comprehensive treatment, ways in which generalization can be promoted in DBT treatment, and practical considerations in employing various generalization techniques. Specifically, it discusses how traditional phone coaching has evolved to include coaching in multiple formats (phone, text, and email). Guidelines for how to optimally engage in skills-focused phone coaching are provided.

Keywords: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, phone coaching, skills generalization, text messaging, email messaging

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