The Handbook of Dialectical Behavior Therapy

The Handbook of Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Theory, Research, and Evaluation

1st Edition - May 15, 2020

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  • Editor: Jamie Bedics
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128166086
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128163849

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Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) has become a useful treatment for a range of clinical problems and is no longer limited to the treatment of suicidal behaviors or borderline personality disorder. The Handbook of Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Theory, Research, and Evaluation reviews the evidence-based literature on use of DBT in a wide range of populations and settings. The book begins with the foundations of DBT: its history, development, core principles, mechanisms of change, and the importance of the therapeutic relationship. It also reviews the efficacy of DBT for treatment of suicidal behavior, eating disorders, and substance abuse disorders, as well as its use for children, adolescents, and families. A section on clinical settings reviews implementation in schools, college counseling centers, and hospitals.

Key Features

  • Provides an overview of DBT including its development, core principles, and training
  • Discusses the importance of the therapeutic relationship and alliance in DBT
  • Outlines DBT treatment for suicidal behavior, eating disorders, and substance use disorders
  • Includes DBT as treatment for adolescents and children
  • Covers DBT implementation in schools, counseling centers, and hospitals


Mental health clinicians in psychology, psychiatry, and social work; mental health nurses and counsellors; secondary audience of academic researchers and graduate students

Table of Contents

    1. History and Overview of Dialectical Behavior Therapy
    Erin F. Ward-Ciesielski, Anne R. Limowski and Jacqueline K. Krychiw
    2. The Therapeutic Alliance and Therapeutic Relationship in Dialectical Behavior Therapy
    Jamie D. Bedics and Holly McKinley
    3. Mechanisms of Change in Dialectical Behavior Therapy
    Alexander L. Chapman and Lynnaea Owens
    4. Accreditation, Adherence, and Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Data Review and Practical Applications
    Erin M. Miga, Elizabeth R. Lotempio, Jared D. Michonski and Dorian A. Hunter

    5. Efficacy of Dialectical Behavior Therapy in the Treatment of Suicidal Behavior
    Christopher R. DeCou and Adam Carmel
    6. Eating Disorders
    Autumn Askew, Erin Gallagher, Jesse Dzombak and Ann E. Haynos
    7. Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Individuals with Substance Use Problems: Theoretical Adaptations and Empirical Evidence
    Nicholas L. Salsman
    8. Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents: A Review of the Research
    Jill H. Rathus, Michele S. Berk, Alec L. Miller and Rebekah Halpert
    9. Clinical Illustration of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Preadolescent Children: Addressing Primary Targets
    Francheska Perepletchikova

    10. Research of Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Schools
    Alec L. Miller, Nora Gerardi, James J. Mazza and Elizabeth Dexter-Mazza
    11. Dialectical Behavior Therapy in College Counseling Centers
    Carla D. Chugani, Kristin P. Wyatt and Rachael K. Richter
    12. Dialectical Behavior Therapy Research and Program Evaluation in the Department of Veterans Affairs
    Sara J. Landes, Suzanne E. Decker, Sacha A. McBain, Marianne Goodman, Brandy N. Smith, Sarah R. Sullivan, Angela Page Spears and Laura L. Meyers
    13. Dialectical Behavior Therapy Stepped Care for Hospitals
    Kalina N. Babeva, Olivia Fitzpatrick and Joan R. Asarnow
    14. DBT-ACES in a Multicultural Community Mental Health Setting: Implications for Clinical Practice
    Lisa S. Bolden, Lizbeth Gaona, Lynn McFarr and Kate Comtois
    15. A Review of the Empirical Evidence for DBT Skills Training as a Stand-Alone Intervention
    Sarah E. Valentine, Ashley M. Smith and Kaylee Stewart

    16. Recommendations and Future Directions for the Scientific Study of Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Emphasizing Replication and Reproducibility
    Jamie D. Bedics

Product details

  • No. of pages: 412
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: May 15, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128166086
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128163849

About the Editor

Jamie Bedics

Jamie Bedics’ research has focused on understanding how people change during the course of therapy and how patients’ relationship with their therapist affects the outcome of treatment. He has worked with the developer of DBT, Dr. Marsha Linehan, and studied the role of the therapeutic relationship and self-concept change during DBT and the treatment of suicidal behaviour. He is currently the director of the DBT training program in the doctoral program of clinical psychology at California Lutheran University and is the director of the DBT Services at CLU Community Counseling Center. In addition to his duties at CLU, Dr. Bedics is a Clinical Instructor at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. In this position he has worked as a DBT Research Therapist on a large, multi-site (UCLA and University of Washington), randomized-controlled trial of DBT for suicidal and self-harming adolescents. He is also a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, American Psychological Association, Western Psychological Association, American Association of Suicidology, and the Society for Psychotherapy Research. He is currently serving as Associate Editor fo the journal Psychotherapy published by the American Psychological Association.

Affiliations and Expertise

California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

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