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DBT with Suicidal Clients (2-video set)

by Marsha Linehan
When a suicidal client is sitting across from you, how do you assess risk, negotiate no-harm agreements, and manage borderline reactivity while keeping your seat? In these riveting live demonstrations with DBT originator Marsha Linehan, learn essential strategies for working with distressed clients.
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DBT with Suicidal Clients (2-video set)
Borderline, suicidal, and self-harming clients are some of the most challenging populations therapists face. Regardless of our level of clinical expertise, it’s crucial to master risk assessment, working with ambivalence, and managing reactivity—all while staying centered ourselves. We can all use support with these issues, and the venerable DBT creator Marsha Linehan delivers with this powerful two-video set. In this “grand rounds” offering, Linehan demonstrates key interventions of the approach, in the context of a live reenactment of a course of therapy with a suicidal client. You’ll watch the pair connect, tussle, and ultimately negotiate their way through a high-risk situation.

This set highlights Linehan’s direct, plain-spoken style, which demystifies DBT as well as disarms her client. In Volume 1, Linehan holds two early-stage sessions with Stacy, a suicidal client in treatment because her family feels she will die otherwise. In the lively sessions, Linehan remains empathic and even humorous while staying laser-focused on assessing Stacy’s suicidal risk, motives, and readiness for therapy. Volume 2 sees Linehan follow up with Stacy in a charged session focused on diffusing her cutting behavior and understanding her suicidal triggers. You’ll observe how Linehan gathers important information and addresses empathic ruptures, and you’ll see her do all of this in a warm, compassionate way that affirms Stacy’s autonomy and gently challenges her to envision more adaptive coping skills.

You’ll learn DBT skills such as validation and chain analysis, as well as “foot in the door” negotiation techniques and taking a devil’s advocate stance. Those seeking a live demonstration of DBT, proven resources for working with suicidality, self-harming, or borderline clients, or an overview of the approach from the orginator herself should make sure to add this set to their library.

Note: You can purchase each video separately, but you will save by buying the 2-video set.  The CE course must be purchased separately from the videos, and requires watching both Volume 1 and Volume 2.
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Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Suicidal Clients Vol. 1

Borderline, suicidal, and self-harming clients can be challenging to work with, as their emotional dysregulation can lead to behaviors that unsettle even the most seasoned therapists. With this new two-video set on Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Marsha Linehan demonstrates key interventions of the renowned approach she created, in an engaging and intense reenactment of a course of therapy with a client who has recently attempted suicide. As she meticulously unearths crucial assessment information, you’ll watch the pair connect, tussle, and ultimately negotiate their way through a high-risk situation.

In Volume 1 of the set, Linehan holds two early-stage sessions with Stacy, who is in treatment because her family is sure she will die otherwise. Linehan remains empathic and even humorous in these lively sessions, while staying laser-focused on assessing Stacy’s suicidal risk, motives, and readiness for therapy. You’ll observe how she persistently negotiates the terms of participation in the face of a highly defensive and erratic client, all while maintaining a warm, compassionate stance. By affirming Stacy’s autonomy, Linehan gently challenges her to envision more adaptive coping skills.

You’ll be impressed by Linehan’s direct, plain-spoken style, which demystifies DBT as well as disarms her client. By session’s end, Stacy has agreed to remain in close contact with her therapist while they work on her goals together.

Those seeking a live demonstration of DBT, proven resources for working with suicidality, self-harming, or borderline clients, or an overview of the model from the originator herself should take a look at this video. Better yet, get the 2-video set for even more value.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Suicidal Clients Vol. 2

Borderline, suicidal, and self-harming clients are some of the most challenging populations therapists face. Regardless of our level of clinical expertise, it’s crucial to master risk assessment, working with ambivalent clients, and managing reactivity—all while staying centered ourselves. The venerable DBT creator Marsha Linehan delivers with this powerful two-video set featuring a reenactment of a course of therapy with a suicidal client.

In Volume 2, Linehan follows up with her “client” Stacy in a charged session focused on diffusing cutting behavior and understanding her suicidal motives. From the start, Linehan remains calm and firm, as her client has recently cut herself in response to a perceived empathic failure. You’ll observe how Linehan addresses the rupture while also inquiring into Stacy’s motivations and emphasizing the misguided nature of her reaction. Under these highly charged conditions, Linehan manages to do all this in a warm, compassionate way that affirms Stacy’s autonomy and gently challenges her to envision more adaptive coping skills.

Linehan’s direct, plain-spoken style demystifies DBT as well as disarms her client. Building on Volume 1, Linehan returns to her DBT toolbox, adding in some chain analysis and problem-solving techniques for good measure. By session’s end, Stacy has agreed to refrain from both suicide and cutting while they work on her goals together.

Those seeking a live demonstration of DBT, proven resources for working with suicidality, self-harming, or borderline clients, or an overview of the model from the orginator herself should take a look at this video. Better yet, get the 2-video set for even more value.
"The sessions in these videos, taking place at different stages of treatment, show how powerfully a solid, grounded DBT therapist can work with an extremely challenging cutting and suicidal client. Dr. LInehan explains the underlying assumptions and motivations behind her various interventions, their timing, and why or when she might have responded in a different way. I walk away from watching these videos with an exciting new perspective on the possibilities for working effectively with any self-harming client - borderline or not."
--Erika L. Seid, MFT, Concord, CA
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Borderline, suicidal, and self-harming clients are some of the most challenging populations in our field—and mastery of key clinical strategies is essential for success. With a suicidal client under your watch, how do you assess risk, negotiate no-harm agreements, and manage borderline reactivity while staying grounded yourself and keeping your seat? This two-video set offers relief in the form of proven tools from Dialectical Behavior Therapy. In these compelling live demonstrations with DBT originator Marsha Linehan, you’ll find useful techniques as well as personal modeling to inform and enhance your skills.

Volume 1 of the set offers an in-depth look at common DBT assessment challenges. Linehan conducts two early-stage sessions with “client” Stacy (a student of hers who offers up one of her cases for role-play), in which she deftly confronts her “100 percent avoidance behavior” while also brokering agreements around her suicidality. Volume 2 offers an in-depth look at other common clinical challenges. Here, Linehan conducts a follow-up session with Stacy in which she deals with an empathic rupture while also negotiating around cutting behavior. In each video, you’ll observe how Linehan thoroughly assesses risk and ignores the trap of client obfuscation, yet also supports Stacy’s autonomy and challenges her to envision more adaptive coping skills.

Between assessing danger, managing reactivity, and negotiating agreements, this set offers the support you need to solidify your work with suicidal, emotionally dysregulated and borderline clients. You’ll be glad you got your hands on this essential resource.

By watching this video, you will:
  • Understand common challenges DBT therapists face with suicidal clients.
  • Discover core DBT interventions for assessing risk, managing reactivity, and negotiating agreements.
  • Learn to use psychoeducation and directiveness in order to stay focused on key clinical tasks.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Suicidal Clients Vol. 1
Length of video: 01:26:58
Number of Discs: 1
This DVD has English subtitles
Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-520-3
Individual ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-520-5
Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-521-1

Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Suicidal Clients Vol. 2
Length of video: 01:28:05
Number of Discs: 1
This DVD has English subtitles
Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-522-X
Individual ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-522-9
Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-523-8

Marsha LinehanMarsha Linehan, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology and adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington and is Director of the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics, a consortium of research projects developing new treatments and evaluating their efficacy for severely disordered and multi-diagnostic and suicidal populations. Her primary research is in the application of behavioral models to suicidal behaviors, drug abuse, and borderline personality disorder. She is also working to develop effective models for transferring science-based treatments to the clinical community.  

She is the developer of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a treatment originally developed for the treatment of suicidal behaviors and since expanded to treatment of borderline personality disorder and other severe and complex mental disorders, particularly those that involve serious emotion dysregulation. 

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Learning objectives:

  • Understand common challenges DBT therapists face with suicidal clients.
  • Discover core DBT interventions for assessing risk, managing reactivity, and negotiating agreements.
  • Learn to use psychoeducation and directiveness in order to stay focused on key clinical tasks.