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Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder

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This book is a step-by-step guide to teaching clients four sets of skills: interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and mindfulness. A vital component in Dr. Linehan’s comprehensive treatment program, the manual details precisely how to implement DBT behavioral skills training procedures. It provides everything the clinician needs to implement
Paperback, First Edition, 180 pages
Published May 21st 1993 by The Guilford Press
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Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had given this manual 4 stars- I own it- but after some events in my life I am going to give it a proper rating. It deserves 5 stars. This book can help everyone, not just people suffering from borderline personality disorder. I have Bipolar (Type 2) and let me say, I had owned this book for years without cracking it open. I ended up attending a partial inpatient program that was teaching us all the techniques in this book, and let me tell you, they work. This skeptic is now convinced (and I w ...more
This book is written for therapists. It has a lot of useful information but so much of it is written for the therapist. There's a lot of jargon and it is hard to read for someone not trained in the field. I had to skim through a lot of the material until I found information that I could use. The best part for the client is the session notes that teach the therapist how to do the program. It helped me to become familiar with terminology for DBT and some of the exercises or coping skills, but I ha ...more
Jul 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Every clinician and anyone who suffers from BPD and those in their lives
Excellent, one of the most useful professional books in our library! Highly recommended. It explains the principles behind a highly effective approach and provides concrete materials for use with clients. Borderline personality disorder causes its sufferers devastating emotional pain and disrupts seemingly every aspects of their lives. For too long, too many therapists and psychologists have stigmatized people with this problem and either pronounced them untreatable or simply refused to take the ...more
Charles Atkins
Dec 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the essential manual for DBT. As someone who's led a skills-training group, been through the intensive etc. I find with each read my understanding of the skills--mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance--and how to apply them in my own life and present to others grows.

One of the strongest features of this manual is its accessibility. I use the metaphor often with DBT that there is no teacher's book, what's in here is equally open to the trainer
Oct 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psychology
Chock-a-block with loads of helpful strategies for dealing with symptoms like impulsiveness and emotional dysregulation. I realise that this is designed to be used in a clinical setting, but I still found benefit in reading it outside of therapy/implementing some of its strategies myself.
Jul 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
On the whole, this is an excellent book-- the biggest weakness (which is also true of DBT materials as a whole) is that they don't sufficiently acknowledge just how useful these techniques are for client groups besides BPD's. ...more
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Excellent workbook on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy with many handouts for copying.
Jason C
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Pretty much the manual for doing DBT. There is supposed to be a second edition coming out soon.
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
the most useful book in my professional life.
Jessa Bame
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It is a bit heavy and technical at first but then as you keep reading it makes more sense.
this is the handbook that every linehan-trained clinician uses in their practice. it has handouts, it explains the skills, it outlines how group treatment is supposed to work.

unlike yalom's group therapy, which is known as a process group, linehan's group therapy is structured more like a class. in the beginning, members share their homework and any problems they might have had, while the group leader comments on it. then there is a transition into learning the new skill for the week. it's more
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this book and the manual of the same title because I enrolled in the comprehensive DBT program through UNR with Dr. Alan Fruzzetti. This text was less dry the the book with the same title and more action based. Folks trying to help themselves or someone they know might prefer this workbook format, however DBT is a highly specialized treatment and to be done properly it must be done with the help of a qualified therapist. DBT uses a series of skills to help client regulate their emotions a ...more
Jon Frederickson
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As therapists, it's important not only to know what is going on. We need to know what to do! And this book is a welcome addition to the field, translating theory into practical interventions to help patients suffering from borderline personality disorder. Clear clinical vignettes show how to translate theory into practice. It really doesn't matter what theoretical perspective you come from. You must be able to address certain problems in a direct and effective manner. In fact, psychotherapy rese ...more
Sep 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: clinical-work
No problem with this in terms of content(the title is a smidge misleading, but it's basically the Dialectical Behavior Therapy [DBT] skills manual). I love how Linehan's approach is really grounded in Eastern philosophy, with the kind of thorough explanation of techniques that I think only really comes from having a personal practice as well. I like therapists who practice what they preach :)

That said, I found the layout to be GAWDAWFUL. Seriously, so much great content--couldn't some editor som
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: neuro, healthcare
Strategies for teaching; useful elaboration for some of the skills and concepts that are difficult to explain. Application of the text Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. ...more
Angel Graham
Mar 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
I used this book for nearly 2 years, in a group setting. Even the group leaders, who were both long time counselors, had some trouble following the reading in this. At times, it came down to hoping we were doing it right.

Not for a layperson to use on an everyday basis. It's just not written for the layperson. It's useful, but there are better books out there, based on this original principle.
Eve Vulgaris
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is a companion to my Dialectical Behavioral Therapy course and it is very helpful. The first chapter is absolutely wonderful as it gives background into Borderline Personality Disorder, as well as a discussion of the author's process in creating DBT. ...more
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This training manual should be read by psychologists and teachers alike. Linehan provides a step by step DBT based treatment for people with BPD. As an educator, I was interested in her session structure because much of what she did/practiced felt like a literature course. Engaging and useful.
May 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psychology
Wonderful handbook for individual or group work. The vast majority of the contents can be easily modified to be more relevant to the client.
Anna Pervukhin
Sep 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone "stressed out"
Theoretically an adjunct to DBT therapy, this book works well on its own, and applies to just about everybody.
Jun 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This was, of course, amazing. It was great to read all the theory behind DBT. Linehan presents her material in a very user-friendly way.
Wendy Reiersen
Apr 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psychology
These are skills that would help anyone, most of us probably have to some extent, and all of us could probably do better.
Nov 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I learned a lot from this book. One thing I continue to do that I learned is "staying in the moment" which was a hard thing to learn. ...more
Dec 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
I HATE the big bold title and wrapped it in brown paper.

IT WAS useful.

Funny at times...
Jan 14, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a great guide for therapists treating BPD and really any client who struggles with emotional regulation.
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is THE DEFINITIVE MODULE in DBT training, of which Marsha Linehan is the creator. A must have for most clinicians and knowledgeable students of this form of CBT.
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Used this book often when working with clients with borderline personality disorder.
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent resource! Very informative :)
Oct 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mental-health
welcome to the next year of my life.
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Many good skills with worksheets included and a great explanation of the skills training classes.
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Marsha Linehan, PhD, ABPP, is a Professor of Psychology and adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle and is Director of the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics, a research consortium that develops and evaluates treatments for multi-diagnostic, severely disordered, and suicidal populations. Her primary research is in the application of b ...more

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