Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Suicidal Clients Vol. 2
by Marsha Linehan
Prepare to be enthralled in these riveting live demonstrations with Dr. Marsha Linehan, creator of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. From assessing negotiating no-harm agreements to conducting a chain analysis and problem solving techniques, you’ll pick up compelling strategies for working with suicidal, borderline and emotionally dysregulated clients.
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.

In Depth
Borderline, suicidal, and self-harming clients are some of the most challenging populations in our field—and a deep stock of clinical strategies is essential for success. Clinicians new to it often learn trial by fire, which can lead to ineffective and very frustrating outcomes for all involved. Even more seasoned therapists avail themselves of training to manage this difficult population. In the interests of helping both new and seasoned therapists navigate these rough waters, we’re thrilled to present this satisfying video set on Dialectical Behavior Therapy featuring its originator, Dr. Marsha Linehan. Here, you’ll find proven techniques as well as personal attributes to inform and enhance your skills.

Volume 2, the final title in this set, offers an in-depth look at the most common clinical challenges of the method. Linehan conducts a follow-up session with “client” Stacy (a student of hers who offers up one of her cases for role-play), in which she deftly confronts her reactive cutting behavior while also negotiating her suicidality. You’ll observe how Linehan firmly 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 risk, managing reactivity, and negotiating agreements, this video offers the support you need to solidify your work with borderline clients. If you’re in search of must-have DBT resources, look no further than this 2-video set.

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.

Length of video: 1:28:05

English subtitles available

Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-522-X

Individual ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-522-9

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-523-8

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-523-6

Marsha 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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