Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Suicidal Adolescents

Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Suicidal Adolescents

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By (author) Alec L. Miller, By (author) Jill H. Rathus, By (author) Marsha M. Linehan, Foreword by Charles R. Swenson

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  • Publisher: Guilford Publications
  • Format: Hardback | 346 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 267mm x 33mm | 816g
  • Publication date: 11 January 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1593853831
  • ISBN 13: 9781593853839
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 49,869

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Marsha Linehan - Recipient of the 2012 American Psychological Foundation (APF) Gold Medal Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Application of Psychology! Filling a tremendous need, this highly practical book adapts the proven techniques of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to treatment of multiproblem adolescents at highest risk for suicidal behavior and self-injury. The authors are master clinicians who take the reader step by step through understanding and assessing severe emotional dysregulation in teens and implementing individual, family, and group-based interventions. Insightful guidance on everything from orientation to termination is enlivened by case illustrations and sample dialogues. Appendices feature 30 mindfulness exercises as well as lecture notes and 12 reproducible handouts for "Walking the Middle Path," a completely new DBT skills training module for adolescents and their families.

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Alec L. Miller, PsyD, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychology, Director of the Adolescent Depression and Suicide Program, and Associate Director of the Psychology Internship Training Program at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York. Dr. Miller has published widely on topics including DBT, adolescent suicide, childhood maltreatment, and borderline personality disorder, and has trained thousands of mental health professionals in DBT. He is Associate Editor of Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. Jill H. Rathus, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology, Founder and Director of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program, and Director of the Specialty Concentration in Family Violence in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at Long Island University/C.W. Post Campus. She has developed and conducted programs in DBT for adolescents and adults as well as males referred for intimate partner violence, and has studied, adapted, and developed assessment tools for DBT. Dr. Rathus has published widely on DBT, adolescent suicide, couple therapy, intimate partner violence, personality disorders, assessment, and anxiety disorders. Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, ABPP, is 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 is a recipient of 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.

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'This outstanding book represents a major contribution to the prevention of adolescent suicide. It is extensively detailed to inform clinicians about the applications of this effective psychosocial treatment for adolescents who present with specific risk factors. Written by pioneering developers of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), this book is essential reading for mental health professionals at every level of experience and training.' - Cynthia R. Pfeffer, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, USA 'This book is extremely relevant for therapists working with adolescents who engage in suicidal and other high-risk behaviors. In addition to providing an efficacious and easily understood manualized approach for this population, it offers many valuable tips for building a strong therapeutic alliance with this challenging population.' - Lynn Ponton, MD, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco, USA 'An excellent, practical book on a very difficult-to-treat and neglected population... This book is recommended for students, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric residents, psychiatrists, and other professionals dealing with mental health issues in teenagers. Also, this book is an outstanding resource for researchers evaluating the efficacy of DBT for teenagers.' - Boris Birmaher, MD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, USA 'A humane, practical, and erudite guide. The authors, through their dialectical approach, provide a theoretical framework that allows for an efficient, realistic, and parsimonious approach to the core difficulties in multiple health-risk behaviors in youth. Most important, they provide clear guidelines as to how therapists should conduct themselves to be maximally effective with these challenging adolescents, and how to cope with the emotional demands of work with this population. What the reader will learn is that DBT is more than a set of skills and techniques/m-/it is a way of understanding and conceptualizing human behavior. This book should be read by every professional who works with multiproblem teens.' - David A. Brent, MD, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Services for Teens at Risk, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, USA

Table of contents

Swenson, Foreword. Introduction. Suicidal Behaviors in Adolescents: Who is Most at Risk? What Do We Know About Effective Treatments for Suicidal Adolescents? Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Treatment Stages, Primary Targets, and Strategies. DBT Program Structure: Functions and Modes. Dialectical Dilemmas for Adolescents: Addressing Secondary Targets. Assessing Adolescents: Suicide Risk, Diagnosis, and Treatment Feasibility. Orienting Adolescents and Families to Treatment and Obtaining Commitment. Individual Therapy with Adolescents. Including Families in Treatment. Skills Training with Adolescents. Assessing Progress, Running a Graduate Group, and Terminating Treatment. Program Issues. Appendix A. Mindfulness Exercises for Adolescents. Appendix B. Walking the Middle Path Skills: Lecture and Discussion Points. Appendix C. Handouts for Walking the Middle Path Skills.