The Behavior Chain Analysis (BCA) Tool

The Behavior Chain Analysis Tool is used many times throughout the DBT treatment. It can feel overwhelming to some and it is designed to help the client and therapist both understand all the surrounding elements that cause problematic behavior. 

  • Problematic Behaviors can be:
  • Smoking
  • Drinking
  • Cutting/Self Harm
  • Eating Issues
  • Not Taking Medication
  • Missing Sessions/Canceling/Showing up late
  • Skipping School
  • Dating Issues
  • Disassociating
  • Avoiding
  • Fighting
  • Not using skills or asking for help

This tool can be used in or out of therapy. It is a tool that the more you observe the more you an understand what you do and do not have control over. You also get to see what progress you have made and where you would like to put more of a focus on in your therapy sessions.

Behavior Chain Analysis Tool ( DBT )

Interview with Emily Keehn with Timberline Knolls Finding Middle Path Podcast

We are so honored to have Emily Keehn, LPC – Speak with us today on behalf of Timberline Knolls a treatment facility in the suburbs or Chicago. Timberline Knolls ( TK ) is a Mental Health Residential Treatment program that focuses on using DBT ( Dialectical Behavioral Therapy ) with their clients. They have many other programs that and we are thrilled to talk to Emily who has been with TK for 6years and to see the development of many of their programs. If you want to find out more about TK please visit They also have a wonderful YouTube presence with helpful videos. Be sure to follow them. — Send in a voice message:
  1. Interview with Emily Keehn with Timberline Knolls
  2. Kevin Hart is a DBT Resource
  3. Why Telehealth is important for Mental Health
  4. Interview With That Darn Amygdala
  5. Interview with Amber Seater

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