The key to flexible, skillful decision making in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) lies in understanding the connections between moment-to-moment clinical strategies and core principles. This lucid guide from leading DBT authority Charles R. Swenson offers clinicians a compass for navigating challenging clinical situations and moving therapy forward--even when change seems impossible. Numerous vivid case examples illustrate DBT in action and show how to use skills and strategies that flow directly from the fundamental paradigms of acceptance, change, and dialectics. Clinicians gain knowledge and confidence for meeting the complex needs of each client while implementing DBT with fidelity.
Guilford Publications; June 2016
- ISBN: 9781462526758
- Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure ePub format
- Title: DBT® Principles in Action
- Author: Charles R. Swenson; Marsha M. Linehan (other)
Imprint: The Guilford Press
In The Press
“In his new book…Dr. Charles Swenson shares the formidable clinical wisdom he has acquired through 30 years of clinical practice, teaching, and consulting in the conduct of DBT….This teaching text indeed represents a comprehensive master call in how to take the leap from being an adherent DBT practitioner to becoming a seasoned expert DBT clinician. Another title for this excellent book could have been ‘The Art of Doing DBT,’ for it provides an overarching synthesis of the concepts that drive in-the-moment clinical decisions about when to apply which DBT strategy. Swenson guides the clinician in developing his or her own personal dialectical sensibility that can inform clinical innovation within the frame of this widely researched, evidence-based treatment for treating suicidal and self-injurious behaviors in individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder….The individual chapters can stand alone as excellent resources for teaching, whether it is to instruct regarding treatment engagement with a suicidal patient with borderline personality disorder, working through impasses in treatment, avoiding clinician burnout, or how to conduct a behavioral analysis or understand the clinical application of learning theory and behaviorism to targeting impulsive, destructive behaviors….Given the stigma that the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder carries in the mental health field, Swenson’s unswerving validation of and compassion for the extremely challenging patients he has worked with is the most powerful teaching example.”
About The Author
Charles R. Swenson, MD, is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and maintains a private practice in psychiatry and psychotherapy with adults, families, and adolescents in Northampton, Massachusetts. He has been involved in the practice, supervision, training, and implementation of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) in a wide range of mental health systems in the United States, Canada, and Europe for the past 25 years. He was the first professional authorized by Marsha M. Linehan to deliver intensive DBT training, is cofounder of the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of DBT (ISITDBT), and has published numerous articles and book chapters on DBT. Dr. Swenson is a recipient of the Cindy J. Sanderson Outstanding Educator Award from ISITDBT and is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. His website is www.charlesswenson.org.