Filling a tremendous need, this highly practical book adapts the proven techniques of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to treatment of multiproblem adolescents at highest risk for suicidal behavior and self-injury. The authors are master clinicians who take the reader step by step through understanding and assessing severe emotional dysregulation in teens and implementing individual, family, and group-based interventions. Insightful guidance on everything from orientation to termination is enlivened by case illustrations and sample dialogues. Appendices feature 30 mindfulness exercises as well as lecture notes and 12 reproducible handouts for “Walking the Middle Path,” a DBT skills training module for adolescents and their families. Purchasers get access to a Web page at the end of the table of contents where they can download and print these handouts and several other tools from the book in a convenient 8½×11″ size.
“An excellent, practical book on a very difficult-to-treat and neglected population: teens with multiple and severe psychiatric disorders, mood dysregulation, and recurrent suicidal and/or self-harming behaviors. This book is recommended for students, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric residents, psychiatrists, and other professionals dealing with mental health issues in teenagers. Also, this book is an outstanding resource for researchers evaluating the efficacy of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for teenagers.”
—Boris Birmaher MD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
“This book is extremely relevant for therapists working with adolescents who engage in suicidal and other high-risk behaviors. In addition to providing an efficacious and easily understood manualized approach for this population, it offers many valuable tips for building a strong therapeutic alliance with this challenging population.”
—Lynn Ponton, MD, University of California, San Francisco
“This book offers the latest thinking on core elements of DBT while illustrating important strategies specific to treating adolescents. The authors’ skill and expertise with this population shine, making this an essential manual for DBT practitioners and administrators working with adolescents.”
—André Ivanoff, PhD, Columbia University School of Social Work