About Dialectical Behavior Therapy
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Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Severe Substance Use Disorder & Borderline Personality Disorder

 Psychotherapy Associates 41st Annual Winter Symposium " Addictive Disorders, Behavioral Health and Mental Health"January 25-28, 2015


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an empirically supported treatment originally developed for suicidal individuals.  It was created by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., in the early 1980s.  DBT evolved into a treatment for suicidal individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and is now considered to be the gold standard of treatment for this population.  Further, DBT has since been adapted for individuals with a wide range of psychiatric and substance use disorders, and continues to demonstrate strong outcomes in these areas1.

1. Dialectical Behavior Therapy: An Informational Resource [Pamphlet]. (2012). SAMHSA: National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices.

I was trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy by Marsha Linehan's former post-doctoral fellows, and now, current Behavioral Tech trainers in a 2-year intensive post-doctoral fellowship at the Evidence-Based Treatment Centers of Seattle (EBTCS). During my post-doc I had weekly didactics with Dr. Linehan at the University of Washington's Behavioral Research & Therapy Clinics (BRTC), in addition to participating in weekly didactics, supervision, and consultation team meetings at EBTCS. Since my training I have readily implemented DBT in military clinical settings, as well as in private practice.


ADOPT Vs. ADAPT? What's the difference?


Adopting DBT in your program & practice:


Adapting DBT to your program & practice:

My DBT Training & Experience
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Dialectical Behavior Therapy Consultation Services


Providing Dialectical Bhavior Therapy (DBT) consultation services to community behavioral health providers and agencies, as well as medical providers wishing to learn more about DBT. Consultation services will enable you to learn ways to implement DBT principles, strategies, and skills in your daily practice.


Increase client retention, motivation, and improve client outcomes overall using one of the most efficacious evidence-based treatments acknowledged by NIMH and SAMSHA. Learn how to adopt DBT principles, modes of treatment, establish and organize a DBT Consultation Team, effectively utilize DBT skills, in addition to incorporating behavioral treatment approaches foundational to DBT.



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