Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Clinical Practice: Applications across Disorders and Settings

Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Clinical Practice: Applications across Disorders and Settings
2nd Ed.
2021 © Guilford Publications
Linda A. Dimeff, PhD; Shireen L. Rizvi, PhD, ABPP; Linda A. Dimeff; Kelly Koerner, PhD
ISBN-13: 978-1-4625-4462-2
eISBN-13: 978-1-4625-4608-4
Psychiatry, Pediatrics


This influential work has now been substantially revised with over 60% new material reflecting over a dozen years of research and clinical advances. Leading experts describe innovative ways to use dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) in a wide range of real-world clinical and community settings. The volume provides wise guidance on setting up, running, and evaluating a comprehensive DBT program. It also presents adaptations designed to meet the needs of particular client populations as time- and cost-effectively as possible. Vivid case examples illustrate diverse applications of DBT for helping adults, adolescents, and children reduce suicidal and self-harming behavior; overcome complex, multiple challenges; and build a life worth living.

New to This Edition

  • • Presents current best practices for making DBT more efficient and accessible while maximizing program fidelity.
  • • Chapters on additional populations, including persons with posttraumatic stress disorder and preadolescent children.
  • • Chapters on additional settings, including milieu-based programs, university counseling centers, and middle and high schools.
  • • Chapters on pharmacotherapy, promoting employment and self-sufficiency, training and supervision, and DBT beyond Stage 1.

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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"This book is excellent because it provides an overview of DBT and its clinical application across settings and populations. It is written by experts in the field. The second edition justifies replacing the first edition because the chapters have been updated, along with the addition of new material."

-- Gary Kaniuk, PsyD (Cermak Health Services) Doody's Review


According to the book, "highly practical and accessible, this important book belongs on the desks of all clinicians interested in DBT, including clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, counselors, and psychiatric nurses. Graduate students and trainees in these fields will find it an invaluable text." I agree with the target audience described and the book meets the audience's needs.

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