Treating Trauma in Dialectical Behavior Therapy: The DBT Prolonged Exposure Protocol (DBT PE)

Treating Trauma in Dialectical Behavior Therapy: The DBT Prolonged Exposure Protocol (DBT PE)
1st Ed.
2022 © Guilford Publications
Melanie S. Harned, PhD, ABPP
ISBN-13: 978-1-4625-4912-2
eISBN-13: 978-1-4625-4915-3
Psychiatry, Public Health


Many DBT clients suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but until now the field has lacked a formal, tested protocol for exactly when and how to treat trauma within DBT. Combining the power of two leading evidence-based therapies—and designed to meet the needs of high-risk, severely impaired clients—this groundbreaking manual integrates DBT with an adapted version of prolonged exposure (PE) therapy for PTSD. Melanie S. Harned shows how to implement the DBT PE protocol with DBT clients who have achieved the safety and stability needed to engage in trauma-focused treatment. In a convenient large-size format, the book includes session-by-session guidelines, rich case examples, clinical tips, and 35 reproducible handouts and forms that can be downloaded and printed for repeated use.

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"This book is excellent because it is written by the developer of DBT PE. The step-by-step approach enables clinicians to apply the method in various circumstances. The appendices contain valuable handouts for clients and forms for therapists, which readers can reproduce. Readers will not be disappointed because it is another tool that can be used to help trauma victims."

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


The book does not specifically outline the intended audience. However, I can safely say that the target audience is clinicians who treat trauma victims in their practice. The book meets the needs of its intended audience. The author is a credible authority on the subject matter of the book. Melanie S. Harned is an associate professor at the University of Washington. Her extensive research, including articles and book chapters, has focused on the development and use of DBT PE protocol. She is also involved in training and consultation.

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