Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder / Edition 1

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This hands-on companion presents in session-by-session replicable detail the clinical strategies designed to remediate four specific skills areas arrested in the BPD patient: "mindfulnesss" (balancing emotion and rationality to achieve wisdom), interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance. A vital component in Dr. Linehan's comprehensive treatment program, the manual also features practical pointers on when to use the other treatment strategies described in Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment Currently employed in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings, this user-friendly manual provides everything a clinician needs. It includes "lecture notes," discussion questions, exercises, and practical advice on what problems are likely to arise and how best to deal with them. Published in a large 8 1/2" x 11" format, it also features an array of client handouts that may be readily photocopied. Originally written for skills training groups, the manual can also be used with individual patients.

This book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Marsha Linehan's tremendously in-depth and informative book and its companion skills-training manual offer a needed guide to the cognitive-behavioral treatment of borderline personality disorder....Her method has become so widely used by clinicians that the experts in psychosocial treatments consider it one of the best....Marsha Linehan's methods are highly eclectic because they are empirically based; they have been fashioned to fit what works best for borderline patients."--Lester Luborsky, PhD

"Dr. Linehan's approach is sensible, pragmatic, and effective. Most importantly, it offers the therapist a humane and sensitive perspective on persons with Borderline Personality Disorder. In short, it treats both the therapist and the client in a fashion that produces results."--Mark Ciocca, PhD, Central New Hampshire Community Mental Health Center

"...user-friendly manual well grounded in principle, detailed in its strategies, and exportable to a wide range of treatment settings."--Charles R. Swenson, MD, New York Hospital, Westchester Division

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898620344
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/1993
  • Series: Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders Series
  • Edition description: MANUAL
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 180
  • Sales rank: 33,392
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, ABPP, is the developer of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and Professor of Psychology and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics at the University of Washington. Her primary research interest is in the development and evaluation of evidence-based treatments for populations with high suicide risk and multiple, severe mental disorders.

Dr. Linehan's contributions to suicide research and clinical psychology research have been recognized with numerous awards, including the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology from the American Psychological Foundation and the James McKeen Cattell Award from the Association for Psychological Science. In her honor, the American Association of Suicidology created the Marsha Linehan Award for Outstanding Research in the Treatment of Suicidal Behavior.

She is a Zen master and teaches Zen mindfulness and contemplative practices via workshops and retreats for health care providers.

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Table of Contents

1 Rationale for Psychosocial Skills Training with Borderline Clients 1
2 Practical Issues in Psychosocial Skills Training 8
3 Session Format and Starting Skills Training 18
4 Application of Structural Strategies and Skills Training Procedures to Psychosocial Skills Training 27
5 Application of Other Strategies and Procedures to Psychosocial Skills Training 38
6 Session-by-Session Outlines for Psychosocial Skills Training 59
7 Core Mindfulness Skills 63
8 Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills 70
9 Emotion Regulation Skills 84
10 Distress Tolerance Skills 96
References 104
List of Handouts and Homework Sheets 105
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2001

    extremely helpful for all clients and professionals

    This book has been extremely helpful to every person I know who has been exposed to it - professionals and clients alike! The worksheets have pulled my own mother and several clients I have worked with through major depression/suicial episodes. My only wish is that the title didn't deter people from reading it who have other diagnosis - or no diagnosis, but could reap the benefits of improved emotion management and interpersonal skills.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2009

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    Anyone that wants better control of their emotions and actions needs this book!

    This is a manual that outlines how to best focus one's self, and still allow for individuality and self expression. The front of the book is a manual tht explains the concepts of the therapy including how to focus one's mind on more positive thinking, proper thought patterns, how to control responses, how to speak to others and one's self, and what to do when stressed. Although this was created for people with Border Personality Disorder, the concepts held within are helpful to each and every one of us! From basic concepts of (count to ten) to the thoughts of radical acceptance (i don't like this, and don't want this, but this is what i have to work with right now), this book shows people how to cope with life and crises.

    The verbiage is more suited to the clinician, but it is not completely out of the reach of the layman. Applications can be found in psychological therapy, schools and teaching, and in workplace motivation as well; there may be many more...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2006

    One of the Few I Frequently Recommend

    This is an outstanding, practical piece for helping people cope with borderline personality disorder, or borderline traits. I also agree with the previous reviewer, that the manual is useful for a more general population who simply wish to enhance their emotional intelligence. This is a much easier read than most works on this topic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2006

    with willingness and acceptance, this text will help you take a huge step forward

    This was the first book that was introduced to me, which actually helped me tollerate my pain. I do not have BPD, but I am a self-injurer. DBT is supposedly a possibly effective therapy for all disorders and i will be looking forward to seeing DBT help other people the way that it has helped me. If you feel there is no way out, pick up this book. what do you have to lose?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2000

    I am Borderline

    Even though this book is for the therapist, It has given me the needed skills to help manage myself at times when I am not in therapy. It is a difficult book, but when you wade through it, it has a wealth of information. I tottally would recommend this book for people who suffer and answer every question it asks honestly. Do the skills and you too will have some success!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

    DBT Skills Training

    This is a great skills training manual for those starting to use DBT. I would suggest getting it if you have already completed some training in the area of DBT and somewhat understand it due to the amount of material included.

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

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    Great DBT Workbook

    For people who are in DBT treatment/training this is the best book and work book set out there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2007

    Former DBT Treatment Patient

    I suffered from depression for as long as I could remember. I was hospitalized over 20 times. After I went through a DBT program that used this book I have stayed out of the hospital for three years. My longest ever! I was HUGELY skeptical of DBT but found it helped me A LOT. I HIGHLY recommend this for anyone who suffers from depression.

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