Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Clinical Practice: Applications across Disorders and Settings

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Linda A. Dimeff, Kelly Koerner
Guilford Press, Aug 14, 2007 - Psychology - 363 pages

First developed to treat suicidal individuals with borderline personality disorder, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) has since been adapted to a range of settings and populations. This practical book--edited by close collaborators of DBT originator Marsha M. Linehan--presents applications for depression, substance dependence, eating disorders, psychosis, suicidal and assaultive behaviors, and other complex problems. Leading contributors, including Linehan herself, describe how to implement this evidence-based treatment with adults, adolescents, couples and families, and forensic clients. Issues in establishing and maintaining an effective DBT program are also addressed. Over a dozen reproducible worksheets and forms can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.

See also Doing Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Practical Guide, by Kelly Koerner, which demonstrates DBT techniques in detail. 


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Overview of Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Fidelity Matters
Implementing Standard Dialectical Behavior Therapy in an Outpatient Setting
Dialectical Behavior Therapy on Inpatient Units
Implementing Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Residential Forensic Settings with Adults and Juveniles
Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder and Substance Dependence
Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Eating Disorders
Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Families
Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents
Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Assertive Community Treatment Teams
Evaluating Your Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program

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Page 17 - Verheul, R., van den Bosch, LMC, Koeter, MWJ, de Ridder, MAJ, Stijnen, T, & van den Brink, W. (2003). Dialectical behaviour therapy for women with borderline personality disorder: 12-month, randomised clinical trial in the Netherlands.
Page 16 - Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Reno, NV.
Page 17 - Bohus, M. (2005). Aversive tension in patients with borderline personality disorder: A computer-based controlled field study. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 171, 372-379.

About the author (2007)

Linda A. Dimeff, PhD, is Chief Scientific Officer at Evidence-Based Practice Institute, Inc.; Institute Director at Portland DBT Institute; and Clinical Faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. Since 1994, Dr. Dimeff has collaborated closely with Marsha M. Linehan to develop and evaluate an adaptation of DBT for substance-dependent individuals with borderline personality disorder; to produce DBT training materials for clinicians; and to train, consult, and supervise clinicians in their practice of DBT. She has worked with public and private sector systems throughout the world in their efforts to implement DBT. Dr. Dimeff is a recipient of the Cindy J. Sanderson Outstanding Educator Award from the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of DBT.

Kelly Koerner, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and an expert clinician, clinical supervisor, and trainer in DBT. She is Creative Director of the Evidence-Based Practice Institute, which provides online communities and continuing education for practitioners who strive to combine science and compassion in their work. Dr. Koerner has served as Director of Training for Marsha Linehan’s research investigating the efficacy of DBT for suicidal and drug-abusing individuals with borderline personality disorder, Creative Director for Behavioral Tech Research, Inc., and cofounder and first CEO of Behavioral Tech, LLC, a company that provides training in DBT. She is on the clinical faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington and maintains a consulting and psychotherapy practice in Seattle.

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