DBT Diary Card and Skills Coach
By Durham DBT, Inc.
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DBT Diary Card is the only DBT iPhone app designed and created by a licensed and DBT intensively trained psychologist.
Highlights of version 3.0:
+ bug fixes galore! Keeping this app updated and running on all iOS devices is a challenge but I think we've gotten them taken care of
+ graphing data across time
+ on device PDF viewing
+ daily reminders
+ Password locking to prevent others from seeing your diary cards.
Read what our actual users say:
"***** Best DBT app available!!!
Simply put, this is the most helpful DBT or CBT app available. I bought a new iPhone to be able to use it. DBT skills are priceless. I had tried every, other DBT and CBT app. This one follows the traditional DBT program exactly, and is the only Diary Card. Before I had this app, I'd seldom fill in my diary card. Now that I have it, I don't have to keep track of paper, and I rarely miss a day. I can fill in my Diary Card discreetly, from anywhere, anytime, and send it directly to my DBT coach. I no longer have to worry about someone coming across my Diary Cards. You can brush up on skills, use it for distress tolerance suggestions, tailor it to your needs, and even journal. I appreciate that I can add personal goals to my diary. Thank you for this app!" - iTunes US Review
"***** I am in IRL-DBT and this app is the perfect complement. Oh. I love that the app is so flexible, that you can make it kind of your own, and the layout is so nice, simple, yet beautiful. For me, a true life-saver! Genius! Without a doubt the best app in my IPhone... Get it now!" - iTunes Sweden Review
"***** Perfect! Worth the money!" - iTunes US Review
As an educated consumer, it's important to know to whom you're listening. DBT Diary Card was created by a Ph.D. psychologist trained directly by Dr. Marsha Linehan and at the Duke University Medical Center; we are experts in DBT, providing consultation to many in our community. And now we're giving it to you!
A DBT app can have 3 parts:
- A reference manual
- A behavior tracker
- A skills coach
DBT Diary Card has all 3 of these parts and utilizes the iOS platform in ways that the other apps available don't and can't.
+ PDF generation
+ Notification Pane support
+ Password protection
+ Advanced text editing
+ Media playback
What DBT Diary Card has to offer:
- Skills. LOTS of them. Every DBT skill you've ever heard about in a group is in here. It can be your quick reference to your skills so that you don't have to carry around your book or binder. Every skill is described in readable language to help you understand them easily and it's all just a quick tap away.
- Emotions. All the "basic" emotions are presented, again with descriptions and explanations a quick tap away.
- Behaviors. The most troublesome are pre-loaded.
- Coaching. If you know you need to use a skill but can't think of which one or can't remember how to choose, use the app. The coaching can be your virtual therapist.
- Complete customizability. Are you working on something different or do you have a different understanding of a particular skill or emotion? Change it. It's that easy. You are not wedded to the way it's presented in the app. It's all completely customizable.
- 911 skills. Put your emergency skills a tap away. You can call directly from the app, listen to your distress tolerance music, remember what apps help in the moment.
- Email. You can email your therapist your diary card on a weekly basis automatically, you can do it manually whenever you'd like or you can have the app remind you.
* Telephony features require an iPhone and voice service.
What's New in Version 3.5.1
Numerous bug fixes.
Added Crashlytics framework to enable better bug tracking.
The best DBT app for the iPhone.
The best thing about this app is that there are very thorough explanations for all of the skills that are below all the choices. I wish I had this app a couple years ago, because, I would have learned them faster. The only glitch I've discovered and it seems to of just started recently, within the last few weeks, is that when I have to do multiple previous days that when I submit all the sections for the day and then go back to do another day, the orange star that indicates the day was completely filled out, doesn't appear until I exit out and go back to the main menu and then we select the previous days icon again. But this is a very good app for The Diary cards all of the notes for each skill is wonderful to have right in the app itself.
Best DBT app by far
There are some glitches for sure, but they don't bother me enough to make me consider using any other DBT app (and definitely wouldn't go back to paper!) or to lower my rating.
All the tracking options that come with the app are very thorough, but for someone like me who likes to customize my tracking system, possibilities are endless.
The graph function isn't great, as another review mentioned, but even apps with great graphics are never really as helpful as they promise. The real insights come from looking over the weekly printouts, preferably with a good therapist.
It's functional on a basic level
I like entering in my diary cards on this app. However, there are way too many bugs. First of all, the graphs show up all messed up, unlike the picture posted in the app description. Previous notes cannot be read unless you go into editing them. There is no way to contact support or submit feedback. When you select either, a prompt pops up saying, "Configure your email account" and two options "Sttings" and "Cancel" (yes, with the typo). Still same result after configuring my email account. Just... very poor, sloppy app construction.