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dialectical behavior therapy (dbt) with suicidal adolescents

Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Suicidal Adolescents emphasizes the latest DBT techniques to address the sometimes difficult topic of teen suicide and self-injury, how to assess for these behaviors and group, family, and individual interventions

31716 Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Suicidal Adolescents


Offers the latest thinking on core elements of DBT, while illustrating important strategies specific to treating adolescents

Alec L. Miller, Jill H. Rathus, and Marsha M. Linehan

This highly-practical book adapts the proven techniques of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DPT) to treatment of multi-problem adolescents, at risk for suicide and self-injury.  It is ideal for use by mental health practitioners, including psychologists, psychiatrists and clinical social workers,  who treat multi-problem adolescents and their families.

The authors, who are master clinicians, take the reader step-by-step through understanding and assessing severe emotional dysregulation in teens, and implementing individual, family and group-based interventions.

Chapters in this book are:

  1.  Suicidal Behaviors in Adolescents:  Who is Most at Risk?
  2. What Do We Know About Effective Treatments for Suicidal Adolescents?
  3. Dialectical  Behavior Therapy:  Treatment Stages, Primary Targets and Strategies
  4. CBT Program Structure:  Functions and Modes
  5. Dialectical Dilemmas for Adolescents:  Addressing Secondary Targets
  6. Assessing Adolescents:  Suicide Risk, Diagnosis and Treatment Feasibility
  7. Orienting Adolescents and Families to Treatment and Obtaining Commitment
  8. Individual Therapy with Adolescents
  9. Including Families in Treatment
  10. Skills Training with Adolescents
  11. Assessing Progress, Running a Graduate Group, and Terminating Treatment
  12. 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

Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Suicidal Adolescents includes 30 Mindfulness Exercises, Lecture Notes, 12 Reproducible Handouts, and a completely new DBT Skills Training Module, for adolescents and their families.

Hardcover; 346 pages