Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving
STEPPS is a 20-week, manual-based, psychoeducational group treatment that combines skills training with cognitive-behavioural techniques. The groups are typically lead by two trainers for about 8-10 participants.
The training begins with some basic information on Borderline Personality disorder. The main idea behind STEPPS is that people with Borderline Personality Disorder have difficulty in regulating their emotions and their behaviours, but that they can learn skills to do so.
One goal is to de-stigmatise the disorder by helping people understand one of the main ideas of STEPPS: Namely, that Borderline Personality Disorder stems from a biological sensitivity or disposition that meets with certain environmental factors.
What makes STEPPS different from many other approaches is that people in the person’s environment, such as family members and friends are included in the training and are used as “reinforcers” of the skills. In other words, they are used as a resource for the person to support them in learning those skills.