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Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder [Paperback]

Marsha M. Linehan
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May 21, 1993 0898620341 978-0898620344 1


This book is a step-by-step guide to teaching clients four sets of skills: interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and mindfulness. A vital component in Dr. Linehan’s comprehensive treatment program, the manual details precisely how to implement DBT behavioral skills training procedures. It provides everything the clinician needs to implement the program in skills training groups or with individual clients. Included are lecture notes, discussion questions, exercises, and practical advice on dealing with frequently encountered problems. In a large-size format with lay-flat binding for easy photocopying, the book features over three dozen reproducible client handouts and homework sheets.

See also Linehan's comprehensive presentation of DBT, Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. Also available: instructive skills training videos for clients--Crisis Survival Skills: Part One, Crisis Survival Skills: Part Two, From Suffering to Freedom, This One Moment, and Opposite Action.


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Editorial Reviews


"Marsha Linehan's tremendously in-depth and informative book and its companion skills-training manual offer a needed guide to the cognitive-behavioral treatment of borderline personality disorder....Her method has become so widely used by clinicians that the experts in psychosocial treatments consider it one of the best....Marsha Linehan's methods are highly eclectic because they are empirically based; they have been fashioned to fit what works best for borderline patients."--Lester Luborsky, PhD

"Dr. Linehan's approach is sensible, pragmatic, and effective. Most importantly, it offers the therapist a humane and sensitive perspective on persons with Borderline Personality Disorder. In short, it treats both the therapist and the client in a fashion that produces results."--Mark Ciocca, PhD, Central New Hampshire Community Mental Health Center

"...user-friendly manual well grounded in principle, detailed in its strategies, and exportable to a wide range of treatment settings."--Charles R. Swenson, MD, New York Hospital, Westchester Division

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

Product Details

  • Series: Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders
  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (May 21, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898620341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898620344
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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298 of 309 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DBT was designed for people with BPD! March 19, 2005
A Kid's Review
In tweleve-step groups they usually say something like "take what you need and leave the rest." I would suggest that non-borderline clients and the practitioners who help them follow that advice with this book. There is no need to erase us from the title of this book so that non-BPDs will feel less shame buying or using it. And there is no need to judge the exercises and handouts as overly simplistic. They are what they are. They were designed to help us (borderlines).

If you are not borderline, and do not have experience working with borderlines, you really don't know what we need. Marsha Linehan does. I'm not claiming that every example or every exercise in the book works for every borderline, but M.L. does not claim that either!

Many borderlines (including myself) were traumatized in early childhood and failed to learn basic skills at that age. Therefore, exercises that to the non-BPD sufferer seem designed for children, were actually designed for people who never had the chance to experience a normal childhood and learn the social skills that others learned as children.

I do agree with the reviewers who say that much of DBT is helpful for people with other diagnoses, and even people who are not mentall ill, but this manual is for US, and does not need to be changed. Those who are not a part of the target audience should use what they can, and leave the rest - without judgement.

Those practitioners who see the applicability of DBT to non-borderline patients should take the time to figure out what works and write new books with new therapies, based on DBT. That is what Marsha Linehan did. She took CBT as a framework and developed DBT for a specific population - people who suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder.
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129 of 132 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book....for anyone July 11, 2002
By A Customer
I'm a psychology intern and we use this manual for multiple disorders, not just BPD. The skills, as others have suggested are essential to living a healthy, happy life, regardless of one's 'problems.' While most modern day psychotherapeutic techniques preach change, Linehan's work centers on centering. Acceptance balanced with change. Emotion balanced with logic. It's a wonderful new perspective on treating psychological disorders. And as an added bonus, in the age of managed care, it's one of the few treatments rooted in a humanistic understanding that will be readily reimbursed by HMO's. As both a therapist and a consumer of psychological literature, this work stands as one of the most helpful available. Well worth the money. And you can make copies of the handouts WITHOUT worrying about copyright infringement because the author has graciously given permission to do so. Linehan is really an asset to the psychological community.
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112 of 118 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
I suffer from borderline personality disorder, and the content of this book has been a great help when dealing with my emotional disability. I love this book because it focuses on "treating" the disorder, whereas other books' focuses are often the cause of the disorder or pathology of it. The positive attitude of facing the real issues of those who suffer from borderline personality disorder is encouraging. I can see the author's deep understanding of the disorder, and I appreciate her efforts to explain what the probrems really are and how to deal with them.
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a survivor, nothing much has worked until January 28, 2003
By A Customer
After over thirty years of intense therapy for serious childhood abuse after-effects, this book and DBT in particular, has truly made my life worth living.
I am a textbook case of abuse survivors, with all the symptoms and a borderline diagnosis too. Treatment of my condition (severe depression,anxiety,PTSD and major distrust of people)has become possible. I didn't think it would ever happen..but this book and therapy together has actually made it possible for me to cope much better, actually feel happy at times, and "unfreeze" me (I stayed home a lot and didn't want to go out, before, due to fear), now I go out and see myself growing every day..
I also go to a therapy group that helps teach this book in more detail (DBT skills), if there's one in your area and you have severe problems with depression/anger/fear it is worth your while to check it out because very little has worked on me..until now. Thank you, Marsha Linehan!
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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not only for Borderline Personality Disorders October 19, 2000
By A Customer
This is new for me to write a reveiw. I first obtained this book in 1997. I received two long term therapy sessions and one short term. These skills were a magor factor of me getting thru some horribles times for the next 3 years. This book should be listed as a skills manual not only for Borderline but different mental disorders including all types of addiction.I highly recommend this theory to be taught in more areas than now being taught. I have been almost without any symtoms of Borderline and many other symtoms. Thanks to this manual. Marsha Lineham needs to be honored. Thanks for all the help.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This handbook in conjunction with treatment works October 28, 2005
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I have Borderline Personality Disorder. This is the handbook I have ordered and used 3 times. I keep reordering it because the steps in the handbook work in conjunction with a trained therapist, it took a long time, more than the 20 recommended sessions, which is why I had to reorder, because mine fall apart after so much usages. I recommend this book to anyone in active therapy. Will I order it again, yes, if i go into remission. The treatment is highly effective if, like me,you do your homework.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars The therapy of the ridiculous
I think Dialectical Therapy is ridiculous. There, I said it. I have been going to Group Therapy where they use the handouts from this book to teach us skills. Read more
Published 15 days ago by savvykat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for borderline personality
This is technical but informative.
Great insight into borderline personality disorder and ways to train the brain differently. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read for providers and patients
This is a key book by Marsha Linehan that leads into Dialectical Behavior Therapy, that everyone can benefit from. You don't have to be "mental" to reap the benefits. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cindy
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I expected!
I'm currently in DBT, and alongside another skills workbook I have purchased, I was receiving copied handouts found in this book! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Johanna Amelia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DBT workbook....
This book has all of the handouts that you need when working with clients on DBT, and you can make the copies from the pages. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ~Sunshine~
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychiatry residents' hidden golden egg
Wish I had found this sooner. Life saver to 2nd and 3rd year residency interactions with Borderline personality disorder clients. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sarah L. Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Borderline.
Entirely written from the perspective of someone who either has BPD, knows someone who does and/or is interested in the matriculation of information relative to applied methods of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Angelisa Michelle Jorgenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, sad disorder
The book is well-crafted, in depth and an intense guide for those who have BPD. I would recommend it highly to professional as well as patient.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. gary Alexander
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book but hard to understand
This is a really good book if you are or have been thru DBT therapy already. But if you havent or arent then dont buy, its very difficult to understand
Published 2 months ago by Shannon
5.0 out of 5 stars User friendly
This book is user friendly. It makes sense to use the useful handouts. My book has tons of flags on it as I revert back to certain pages all the time.
Published 2 months ago by LORI SCHMIDT
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