DBT Skills Training Manual, (2ed)

Author(s): Marsha Linehan

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

From Marsha M. Linehan--the developer of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)--this comprehensive resource provides vital tools for implementing DBT skills training.

The teaching notes and reproducible handouts and worksheets used for over two decades by hundreds of thousands of practitioners have been significantly revised and expanded to reflect important research and clinical advances. The book gives complete instructions for orienting individuals with a wide range of problems to DBT and teaching them mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance skills. Handouts and worksheets are not included in the book; purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print all the handouts and worksheets discussed in a convenient size.

 New to This Edition

  • Handouts and worksheets (available online and in the companion volume) have been completely revised and dozens more added/m-/over 225 in all.

  • Each module has been expanded with additional skills.

  • Multiple alternative worksheets to tailor treatment to each client.

  • More extensive teaching notes, with numerous clinical examples.

  • Curricula for running skills training groups of different durations and with specific populations (such as adolescents and clients with substance use problems).

  • Available separately: DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets, Second Edition.


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"Linehan's pioneering work has guided many--myself included--to incorporate mindfulness into compassionate clinical care in a structured format. The second edition of Linehan's DBT skills training manual and the companion volume of handouts and worksheets reflect two additional decades of wisdom and innovation, further bolstering these indispensable resources."--Zindel V. Segal, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychology in Mood Disorders, University of Toronto-Scarborough, Canada

"Mental health professionals--whether or not they use DBT as their major therapeutic orientation--will find the second edition of Linehan's skills training manual and its companion volume of client worksheets and handouts invaluable. Skills such as mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance should be part and parcel of any therapist's repertoire. The manual clearly spells out the theoretical basis and rationale for emphasizing these skills and provides a detailed account of how to use the patient material. Especially useful are descriptions of troubleshooting common problems. Therapists are sometimes at a loss to figure out how to help clients with complex problems; these books can significantly help us improve our effectiveness."--Judith Beck, PhD, President, Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, ABPP, is the developer of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and Professor of Psychology and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics at the University of Washington. Her primary research interest is in the development and evaluation of evidence-based treatments for populations with high suicide risk and multiple, severe mental disorders. Dr. Linehan's contributions to suicide research and clinical psychology research have been recognized with numerous awards, including the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology from the American Psychological Foundation and the James McKeen Cattell Award from the Association for Psychological Science. In her honor, the American Association of Suicidology created the Marsha Linehan Award for Outstanding Research in the Treatment of Suicidal Behavior. She is a Zen master and teaches Zen mindfulness and contemplative practices via workshops and retreats for health care providers.

List of Online Handouts and WorksheetsI. An Introduction to DBT Skills Training1. Rationale for Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training2. Planning to Conduct DBT Skills Training3. Structuring Skills Training Sessions4. Skills Training Treatment Targets and Procedures5. Application of Fundamental DBT Strategies in Behavioral Skills TrainingPart I AppendicesII. Teaching Notes for DBT Skills Modules6. General Skills: Orientation and Analyzing Behavior7. Mindfulness Skills8. Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills9. Emotion Regulation Skills10. Distress Tolerance SkillsIndex

General Fields

  • : 9781462516995
  • : Guilford Publications
  • : Guilford Publications
  • : August 2014
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Marsha Linehan
  • : Paperback
  • : 2nd Revised edition
  • : English
  • : 616.8914
  • : 398
  • : illustrations