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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Skills Training via Telehealth for Self-Harming Autistic People

Project end date: August 11, 2023

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A neurodiverse research team working with the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Lab and the Personality and Emotion Research Lab at Simon Fraser University are interested in evaluating DBT skills training delivered over a telehealth medium to support self-harming and/or suicidal autistic people.

DBT is a mindfulness and cognitive-behavioural based intervention. The aim is to teach life skills in 4 areas: mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. Classes take place over 6 months, for 2 hours per week.

To participate, you must:

  • Be an Autistic Adult (ages 19-50 years)
  • Have a history of engaging in deliberate self-injury or suicidal behavior
  • Be living in British Columbia, Canada
  • Have access to a computer with a camera, internet, and Zoom.

If you do not have a formal autism diagnosis but suspect you are autistic or are self-diagnosed, then you may still be eligible.

If you are interested in more information, feel free to visit our web-based screening survey and information at:

If you have any questions, please contact the Research Coordinator at [email protected]