DBT® Skills Manual for Adolescents

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-11-20
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press

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Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?


From leading experts who have trained thousands of professionals in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), this manual provides indispensable tools for treating adolescents with emotional or behavioral problems of any level of severity. Clinicians are guided step by step to teach teens and parents five sets of skills: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Walking the Middle Path (a family-based module developed by the authors specifically for teens), Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Designed for optimal clinical utility, the book features session outlines, teaching notes, discussion points, examples, homework assignments, and 85 reproducible handouts, in a large-size format for easy photocopying. Purchasers also get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.

See also the authors'  Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Suicidal Adolescents (with Marsha M. Linehan), which delves into skills training and other DBT components for those at highest risk. 

Author Biography

Jill H. Rathus, PhD, is Co-Director of Cognitive Behavioral Associates in Great Neck, New York. She is Professor of Psychology at Long Island University-C.W. Post Campus (LIU Post) and Co-Director of the Family Violence Program at LIU Post. She has developed and conducted DBT programs for adolescents and adults and has published widely on DBT, adolescent suicide, couple therapy, intimate partner violence, personality disorders, assessment, and anxiety disorders. She serves as reviewer for several psychology journals, consults on treatment development, participates on National Institute of Mental Health grant review committees, and trains mental health professionals in DBT and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Alec L. Miller, PsyD, is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychology, and Director of the Adolescent Depression and Suicide Program at Montefiore Medical Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is also Co-Founder of Cognitive and Behavioral Consultants of Westchester and Manhattan. Dr. Miller has published widely on DBT, adolescent suicide, childhood maltreatment, and borderline personality disorder, and has trained thousands of mental health professionals in DBT. A Fellow of Division 12 (Clinical Psychology) and Division 53 (Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology) of the American Psychological Association, he is coauthor (with Jill H. Rathus and Marsha M. Linehan) of Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Suicidal Adolescents.

Table of Contents

I. Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training Structure and Strategies
1. An Introduction to Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Skills Training
2. Structure of DBT Skills Training
3. Managing Skills Training Group Sessions
4. The Art of Conducting DBT Skills Training: Balancing DBT Strategies and Managing Dialectical Tensions
II. Skills Training Modules
5. Orientation to the Multifamily Skills Training Group
6. Mindfulness Skills
7. Distress Tolerance Skills
8. Walking the Middle Path Skills
9. Emotion Regulation Skills
10. Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills  
III. Skills Training Handouts
Orientation Handouts
Mindfulness Handouts
Distress Tolerance Handouts
Walking the Middle Path Handouts
Emotion Regulation Handouts
Interpersonal Effectiveness Handouts

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