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Doing Dialectical Behavior Therapy : A Practical Guide

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Filled with vivid clinical vignettes and step-by-step descriptions, this book demonstrates the nuts and bolts of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). DBT is expressly designed for--and shown to be effective with--clients with serious, multiple problems and a history of treatment failure. The book provides an accessible introduction to DBT while enabling therapists of any orientation to integrate elements of this evidence-based approach into their work with emotionally dysregulated clients. Experienced DBT clinician and trainer Kelly Koerner clearly explains how to formulate individual cases; prioritize treatment goals; and implement a skillfully orchestrated blend of behavioral change strategies, validation strategies, and dialectical strategies.

See also Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Clinical Practice: Applications across Disorders and Settings, edited by Linda A. Dimeff and Kelly Koerner, which presents exemplary DBT programs for specific clinical problems and populations.
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  • Hardback | 219 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 23.37mm | 440g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1462502326
  • 9781462502325
  • 65,124

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Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is expressly designed for - and shown to be effective with - clients with serious, multiple problems. Filled with vivid clinical illustrations, this volume provides an accessible introduction to DBT and demonstrates the nuts and bolts of implementation. Kelly Koerner is an experienced DBT clinician and trainer and longtime collaborator of the therapy's originator, Marsha M. Linehan. In straight-talking language, Koerner shows therapists of any orientation how to integrate the concepts and techniques of DBT into their work with emotionally dysregulated clients. The book presents a roadmap for understanding and treating self-destructive behavior, including suicidality, and helping clients develop the crucial capacity to regulate their emotions. Koerner explains the DBT approach to case formulation, offering guidance for prioritizing therapeutic goals and creating an individualized treatment plan. Extensive sample dialogues reveal what the core strategies of DBT -- behavior change, validation, and dialectical strategies -- look like in action. Concrete suggestions are provided for dealing with common challenges, such as how to offer validation and acceptance in the midst of emotional dysregulation. Focusing on the moment-to-moment process of therapy, Koerner identifies specific things the therapist can say and do to keep the relationship strong while moving urgently for change. The book also discusses the critical importance of DBT peer consultation teams for therapists doing this demanding work. Clear and practical, this is an essential guide for clinical psychologists, social workers, counselors, and psychiatrists, both experienced DBT therapists and those seeking new ideas for addressing tough-to-treat problems.
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Table of contents

Foreword, Marsha M. Linehan1. Tools for Tough Circumstances2. Navigating to a Case Formulation and Treatment Plan3. Change Strategies4. Validation Principles and Strategies5. Dialectical Stance and Strategies: Balancing Acceptance and Change6. Assess, Motivate, and Move: Getting the Most from Each Interaction7. The Individual Therapist and the Consultation Team
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"This superb book finds the true dialectic between sophisticated writing and a 'how-to' approach. It is a 'must' for the shelves of every DBT therapist and those interested in the approach. Koerner is to be commended for this major contribution to the field."--Perry D. Hoffman, PhD, President, National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder

"An incredibly useful book showing you how to work with difficult-to-treat clients. The presentation of DBT is crystal clear and highly practical, including systematic guidelines and concrete examples of actual interactions. I recommend this book to students and to new and advanced mental health practitioners, who will all encounter emotionally dysregulated clients."--Leslie S. Greenberg, PhD, Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Psychology, York University, Canada

"A beautifully written, engaging description of emotional dysregulation and its treatment through DBT. The book is richly illustrated with case material and extensive client-therapist dialogues that truly demonstrate DBT in action."--Andrew Christensen, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

"Koerner, an expert DBT therapist, has written a hands-on, clinically rich work that provides guidelines for when and how to apply DBT strategies for complex cases. The material is accessible to both experienced clinicians and therapists in training. This book is an invaluable guide and a handy tool kit for working with patients with pervasive emotion dysregulation."--Stefan G. Hofmann, PhD, Department of Psychology, Boston University
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About Kelly Koerner

Kelly Koerner, PhD, is Founder and Creative Director of the Evidence-Based Practice Institute, where she explores how technology can be used for learning and collaboration to help practitioners get better clinical outcomes. She is an expert clinician, clinical supervisor, and trainer in DBT, with specialized training in many other evidence-based treatments. She has served as Director of Training for Marsha M. Linehan's research investigating the efficacy of DBT for suicidal and drug-abusing individuals with borderline personality disorder; Creative Director at Behavioral Tech Research, where she developed e-learning and other technology-based methods to disseminate evidence-based practices; and Co-Founder and first CEO of Behavioral Tech, a company that provides training in DBT. Dr. Koerner is a Clinical Faculty member at the University of Washington and maintains a small clinical consulting practice in Seattle.
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