by Marsha M. Linehan
This new video program provides an accessible means of teaching clinicians about Dr. Linehan's effective treatment program called Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is one of the most treatment-resistant psychological conditions therapists encounter. Treatment is often undermined when the self-destructive behaviors associated with BPD overwhelm the therapist as well as the patient.
This new video program provides an accessible means of teaching clinicians about Dr. Linehan's effective treatment program called Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). In this video and its companion, Treating Borderline Personality Disorder: The Dialectical Approach, Dr. Linehan brings her model for understanding and treating BPD to life. Viewers will see Dr. Linehan:
* Present the concepts of DBT in a grand rounds seminar
* Lead an informative training session
* Apply DBT techniques in segments from actual patient sessions
Dr. Linehan describes her comprehensive, effective model designed to help patients with BPD to manage the impulsive, self-destructive behaviors associated with the disorder--chaotic relationships, substance abuse, self-mutilation, and suicide attempts. A departure from previous treatments, this new method focuses on enabling individuals with BPD to find hope and forge lives less encumbered by emotional chaos.
Perhaps the most important element of DBT is that it is immensely practical. The principles of DBT can be applied in a variety of settings, including outpatient, inpatient, day treatment, residential treatment, and emergency services. DBT overcomes the usual barriers to successful treatment by using a team approach--where the therapist consults with one or more colleagues throughout treatment. In effect, the team provides a necessary base of support for the therapist just as the therapist does for the patient.
In an especially compelling feature, these videos includes live interview sessions between Dr. Linehan and Allen J. Frances, Chairman of the DSM-IV Task Force. In these probing dialogues, Dr. Frances asks the nuts-and-bolts questions all clinicians want answered about how DBT works and what its advantages are over other therapies.
This important video addresses three essential questions:
* What is Borderline Personality Disorder?
* What causes it?
* How can it be effectively treated?
Created as a straightforward introduction for therapists, this video explains Borderline Personality Disorder and provides a thorough overview of Dr. Linehan's treatment approach Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Dr. Linehan begins by presenting clinically relevant features of BPD based on DSM-IV criteria and describes the underlying causes of the disorder with an emphasis on biosocial factors. She then traces the development of her approach, which arose out of her realization that traditional treatments were not working with this client population. To more effectively address the emotional dysregulation that characterizes BPD, her approach, which is rooted in behavior therapy, incorporates elements of psychodynamic thinking as well as Eastern philosophy.
Segments of actual case sessions (with patients' identities protected) illustrate the nature of the disorder and the intense emotional discomfort these clients suffer. They also offer viewers a brief introduction to strategies Dr. Linehan uses to engage the client in the first interview. Ideal for training, this video program clearly lays out the DBT principles and brings to life DBT concepts and issues surrounding work with this population. Throughout, helpful graphics reinforce Dr. Linehan's instruction.
Recipient of a Finalist Certificate in the Health Care Professional Category from The New York Festivals 1995 International Non-Broadcast Media Competition.
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