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Doing Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Practical Guide

by Kelly Koerner and Marsha Linehan Guilford Publications
Pub Date:
12/2011
ISBN:
9781462502325
Format:
Hbk 219 pages
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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 proven effective with—clients with serious, multiple problems and a history of treatment failure. The book provides an accessible introduction to DBT while showing therapists of any orientation how 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.

KEY POINTS
> Great potential: a flexible framework for using DBT, an in-demand treatment model.
> A clearly written, practical guide to a complex therapy.
> Helps clinicians keep treatment on track for clients with severe emotion regulation problems.
> Provides targeted solutions for dealing with tough-to-treat disorders, including borderline personality disorder, substance abuse, and eating disorders.

Foreword, Marsha M. Linehan
1. Tools for Tough Circumstances
2. Navigating to a Case Formulation and Treatment Plan
3. Change Strategies
4. Validation Principles and Strategies
5. Dialectical Stance and Strategies: Balancing Acceptance and Change
6. Assess, Motivate, and Move: Getting the Most from Each Interaction
7. The Individual Therapist and the Consultation Team

"A must read for anyone wanting to master the techniques of individual therapy in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). It is recommended for graduate classes in DBT, beginning and experienced therapists with or without prior knowledge of DBT, and those interested in clinical applications of emotions research....More than fulfills Kelly Koerner's promise in the preface of providing a user-friendly guide to conducting nuanced, competent individual therapy, using the theory and techniques of DBT. It is full of clear, straightforward information about how to initiate DBT, motivate clients, and use effective strategies to help emotionally and behaviorally dysregulated clients reduce their vulnerability and gain mastery in their lives. This book is equally strong in providing an overview of DBT and in explaining in detail the nitty-gritty steps of executing the treatment as it unfolds moment to moment. That Koerner is a DBT master therapist is evident throughout. Graduate students in the helping professions and beginning therapists will learn much about conducting DBT and how to move seamlessly from theory to execution. Experienced practitioners, both DBT therapists and those new to DBT, will benefit from the comprehensive overview, case formulations, and applications demonstrated in clinical vignettes. Clinicians from other theoretical orientations may find value in the discussions of boundaries, use of confrontation, and working with the therapeutic alliance. Therapists who are aware of only DBT skills training may be surprised at the expertise required to execute the individual therapy of DBT. The book is part of the well-respected Guides to Individualized Evidence-Based Treatment series, edited by Jacqueline Persons....Koerner does a truly impressive job...of presenting how the theory and spirit of DBT play out in practice. In eminently readable prose, she presents the nuts and bolts of therapeutic techniques clearly and succinctly. The book packs a tidal wave of information into a relatively brief volume....A major contribution to the 'how-to' therapy literature."
Kelly Koerner, PhD, Evidence-Based Practice Institute, LLC, Seattle, USA