Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder (Paperback)

By Marsha M. Linehan

Guilford Publications, 9780898620344, 180pp.

Publication Date: May 21, 1993



The two volumes in Dr. Linehan's program cover the full range of borde rline conditions. In her far-reaching new text, Cognitive-Behavioral T reatment of Borderline Personality Disorders, Linehan describes in per suasive clinical detail the development and implementation of DBT. Bec ause the behavioral skills training element of her program is so criti cal for working with borderline individuals, the companion Skills Trai ning Manual presents session-by-session guidelines for imparting and i ntegrating into the patient's repertoire four key psychosocial skills notably absent in borderlines. A previous version of this manual has b een successfully used in psychiatric hospitals, community health cente rs, and other settings. Together, the two pieces add up to new promise for respectful, sustained, effective work with this growing patient g roup.

About 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 mindfulness and contemplative practices via workshops and retreats for health care providers.