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Course: DBT Skills Training Manual (2nd Edition)
by Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, ABPP

CE Credit Hours: 16
Fee: $64

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Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, ABPP, is the author of this text and the developer of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), this comprehensive resource provides vital tools for implementing DBT skills training. The reproducible teaching notes, 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 clients to DBT, plus teaching notes for the full range of mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance skills. Handouts and worksheets are not included in the book; participants get access to a Web page where they can download and print all the handouts and worksheets discussed, as well as the teaching notes.

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Aside from the extensive handouts this edition has two main parts. Part 1:'An Introduction to DBT Skills Training' consisting of chapters 1-5. These chapters review the rationale for DBT skills training; planning and how to conduct skills training; targets and procedures in skills training; fundamental strategies in skills training. Part 2:'Teaching Notes for DBT Skills Modules' consists of chapters 6-10. These chapters present the goals of skills training; the biosocial theory of emotional dysregulation; chain analysis of problem behavior; mindfulness skills; interpersonal effectiveness skills; emotional regulation skills; distress tolerance skills.
For a more detailed listing of course material please click on Order Hard Copy under the picture of the book to the left for a link to listing on Amazon and review the extensive Table of Contents.

New to This Edition

  • Convenient 8.5 x 11 format for easy photocopying.
  • Handouts and worksheets (available online and in the companion volume) have been revised and dozens more added, over 225 in all.
  • Each module has been expanded with additional skills.
  • Multiple alternative worksheets to tailor treatment to each client.
  • More extensive reproducible teaching notes (provided in the book and online).
  • Curricula for running skills training groups of different durations and with specific populations, such as adolescents and clients with substance use problems.

Updated References Since Publication of Book

  • Washburn, M., Rubin, A., Zhou, S. (2016) Benchmarks for Outpatient Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in Adults With Borderline Personality Disorder. Research on Social Work Practice

  • Kleindienst, N., Prieb, K., Görg, N., Dyer, A., Steil, R., Bohus, M. (2016), State dissociation moderates response to dialectical behavior therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder in women with and without borderline personality disorder. Journal & Date: European Journal of Psychotraumatology

  • Schmitt, R., Winter, D., Niedtfeld, I., Herpertz, S.C., Schmahl, C. (2016) Effects of psychotherapy on neuronal correlates of reappraisal in female patients with borderline personality disorder. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging

  • Ahovan, M., Balali, S., Shargh, N.A., Doostian, Y. (2016), Efficacy of Dialectical Behavior Therapy on Clinical Signs and Emotion Regulation in Patients with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences

  • Dixon-Gordon, K.L., Peters, J.R., Fertuck, E.A., Yen, S. (2016) Emotional Processes in Borderline Personality Disorder: An Update for Clinical Practice. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration

    Educational Objectives

    Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:

    • Describe dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and set up a DBT skills program.
    • Use extensive teaching notes to deliver the full range of mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance skills.
    • Summarize various problems that arise in teaching the skills.
    • Choose a session-by-session schedule from the 11 different skills programs presented to best meet client needs.
    • Name the Web page to download and print all handouts and worksheets for use with clients.
    • Describe DBT treatment to each client using available multiple alternative worksheets.
    • List extensive research points to help 'sell' DBT skills training to clients.

    Syllabus / Course Instructions

    • This course is suitable for CE for beginning, intermediate and advanced level clinicians.
    • The Course consists of reading the selected book, successfully completing an online posttest and filling out a course evaluation.
    • The printed book or ebook is not included. It must be purchased separately. We have supplied a link to for your convenience.
    • Purchasing your course will give you access to both a printable copy of the test and an online version of the test. Print the test to use as a companion as you read the book and answer the questions.
    • You cannot exit the online test once you begin, so have your answers available.
  • Bio: Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, ABPP

    Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, ABPP, is the developer of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). She is a 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 mindfulness and contemplative practices via workshops and retreats for health care providers.
    (amended from book)