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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT):
Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)


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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

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Resources for the General Public

Dr. Marsha M. Linehan, founder of DBT

Marcia Linehan tells her own story of triumph and challenge with BPD

The Portland Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program

Books on DBT

Ellis, T.E., Psy.D., Cory F. Newman, C.F., Ph.D., (1996) Choosing to Live: How to Defeat Suicide through Cognitive Therapy. Oakland,CA:New Harbinger Publications

Don't Let Your Emotions Run Your Life: How Dialectical Behavior Therapy Can Put You in Control by Scott E. Spradlin, 2003, New Harbinger Publications, Oakland:CA

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Workbook: Practical DBT Exercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, & Distress Tolerance by Matthew McKay, Jeffrey C. Wood, and Jeffrey Brantley, 2007, New Harbinger Publications, Oakland:CA

Don't Shoot the Dog -- revised edition by Karen Pryor, 1999, Bantam Books, New York:NY

The High Conflict Couple : A Dialectical Behavior Therapy Guide to Finding Peace, Intimacy and Validation by Alan E. Fruzzetti, Ph.D., 2006, New Harbinger Publications, Oakland:CA

The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You by Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D., 1997, Broadway Books, New York:NY

Peaceful Mind: Using Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Overcome Depression, John R. McQuaid, Ph.D. and Paula E. Carmona, RN, MSN, 2004, New Harbinger Publications, Oakland:CA

Self-directed Behavior: Self-modification for Personal Adjustment -- Seventh Edition by David L. Watson and Roland G. Tharp, 2001, Brooks/Cole Publishing Company, New York:NY

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DBT/BPD Online Resources

  • Behavioral Tech - Linehan Institute. DBT basics, DBT literature, other links, behavior therapy sites, and mindfulness sites. This site also maintains a list of DBT teams and programs around the country.
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) - This information page is designed for the public and provides information about Borderline Personality Disorder symptoms and treatment (including the use of DBT). The general public site for the National Institute of Mental Health can be found here.
  • The Borderline Personality Disorder Resource Center - The website for a non-profit informational center serving individuals and families affected by BPD.
  • BPD Central - Resources for those involved with individuals with BPD, including a link to a list of therapists and programs.
  • National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder: This website is in place to raise public awareness and promote research on borderline personality disorder as well as enhance the quality of life of those affected by this mental illness.
  • TARA - The Treatment and Research Advancements Association for Personality Disorder, TARA, an organization whose mission is to foster education and research in the field of personality disorder, specifically but not exclusively Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD); to support research into the causes, psychobiology and treatment of personality disorders; to support and I encourage educational programs and endeavors targeting mental health professionals, consumers of mental health services, families and/or the community at large in order to reduce stigma and increase awareness of personality disorder, to disseminate available information on etiology and treatment and to lawfully advocate for accomplishments of these goals.

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Resources for the Clinician

Great Ideas in Personality includes brief criteria for several personality disorders and discusses the different groups or clusters of personality disorders.


Research Studies on Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Terrific list of scholarly articles on DBT available from the University of Washington

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