Student Life Skills to Survive & Thrive During COVID-19 & Beyond

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The Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center is partnering with Forefront Suicide Prevention Center & DBT in Schools to bring you a 16-lesson online curriculum for DBT STEPS-A and 2 Q&A sessions with the trainers.


This series is part of The Well-Being Series - Connections During COVID-19: Mental Wellness Webinars for Families and Educators. Click here to learn more about our series of webinars for kids, parents, and educators, focusing on mental wellness and suicide prevention.


16-Lesson DBT STEPS-A Online Lessons

Tuesday and Thursday mornings April 21, 2020 - June 16, 2020
*All live streams will take place from 10 - 11am (Pacific Time)
>> Subscribe to their YouTube channel and join live.

Join Doctors Jim & Lizz Mazza & family in their living room as they teach kids the basics of emotional regulation and specific skills such as mindfulness, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness—essential skills at any time, but even more critical during COVID-19. Our kids -- all of us -- are upended emotionally right now. Tune in with your kids to help you reduce conflict and to keep this pandemic in perspective. 

  • Tune in to YouTube live for the Tuesday and Thursday morning sessions here.
  • Video recordings or each lesson will be available here after each session. Transcripts will be available by request only.
  • It is not necessary to watch these lessons in order. You can join in the series at anytime and catch up with the recorded videos!
  • Audience: Parents, students, educators, and more!


Weekly Schedule:


Additional Lessons:


Live Q&A Sessions with Jim and Lizz Mazza

May 19th, 2020 and June 16th, 2020
*Both sessions will take place from 10 - 11am (Pacific Time) 

Have you been watching the Mazza's live or online videos as they support their kids and your kids in developing DBT, otherwise known as, critical life skills? Do you have any questions about their lessons might translate into your own home? A school setting? Have you read their book or attended their past training on DBT in schools? Well, don't miss the opportunity to ask whatever questions you may have of them when they do live Q&A sessions on May 19th and June 16th, 2020.

  • If you want to submit your questions beforehand, there will be an opportunity to do so on the registration site.
  • Registration is required for the live Q&A event, unlike the live and recorded Youtube lessons. See registration links below.
  • Audience: Parents & educators.

May 19th Presentation Materials

June 16th Registration Link:


About the Presenters:

Jim Mazza PhotoDr. James J. Mazza is the co-author of the DBT STEPS-A social emotional learning curriculum for middle and high school students. He received his masters and Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is a professor at the University of Washington – Seattle where he has been for over 20 years teaching and conducting research in the field of adolescent mental health.




Lizz Mazza PhotoDr. Elizabeth Dexter-Mazza is a certified DBT therapist and co-author of the DBT STEPS-A social emotional learning curriculum for middle and high school students. She received her doctoral degree from the School of Professional Psychology at Pacific University in 2004, and completed her predoctoral internship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center’s Adolescent Depression and Suicide Program. Dr. Dexter-Mazza completed her postdoctoral fellowship under the direction of Dr. Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington.



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