- Series: Guides to Individualized Evidence-Based Treatment
- Hardcover: 219 pages
- Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (December 2, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1462502326
- ISBN-13: 978-1462502325
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 73 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This superb book finds the true dialectic between sophisticated writing and a 'how-to' approach. It is a 'must' for the shelves of every DBT therapist and those interested in the approach. Koerner is to be commended for this major contribution to the field."--Perry D. Hoffman, PhD, President, National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder
"An incredibly useful book showing you how to work with difficult-to-treat clients. The presentation of DBT is crystal clear and highly practical, including systematic guidelines and concrete examples of actual interactions. I recommend this book to students and to new and advanced mental health practitioners, who will all encounter emotionally dysregulated clients."--Leslie S. Greenberg, PhD, Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Psychology, York University, Canada
"A beautifully written, engaging description of emotional dysregulation and its treatment through DBT. The book is richly illustrated with case material and extensive client-therapist dialogues that truly demonstrate DBT in action."--Andrew Christensen, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
"Koerner, an expert DBT therapist, has written a hands-on, clinically rich work that provides guidelines for when and how to apply DBT strategies for complex cases. The material is accessible to both experienced clinicians and therapists in training. This book is an invaluable guide and a handy tool kit for working with patients with pervasive emotion dysregulation."--Stefan G. Hofmann, PhD, Department of Psychology, Boston University
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While not simplistic, this book is much clearer and easier to digest than the manual. If you're in my situation (just starting out as a therapist), I highly recommend this book as a basis for understanding how DBT works and recommend using the manual as more of a deep-dive into topics of particular interest.
I've also read many explanations of DBT that were chapters in evidence-based practice books, and none of those were clear about how to go about integrating the goals/priorities/targets with the strategies and techniques. This book, on the other hand, is just super clear about how to do that. I'm so grateful for this book right now! You won't regret getting it.
One note, there are a number of useful charts that I'm not sure would be rendered well on a Kindle, especially on the Kindle phone app. If you're on the fence about whether to go digital or not, I would vote for the actual book so you can get a clear view of the useful charts, the session decision tree, and the examples of diary cards.
Koerner's humanity permeates the book in her deep respect and compassion for client and therapist alike and in her efforts to alleviate suffering by supporting clients and therapists towards their goals. The book compassionately validates the considerable challenges we face as therapists and is also hopeful and empowering of therapists by the rare gift of giving precise examples of what we can do at any one moment.
Koerner describes case conceptualization and treatment planning that underpins successful future micro-interventions; then describes the core principles of DBT practice (behavioral therapy, validation/acceptance, dialectics) and finishes with a chapter on team. In covering these topics, Koerner integrates realistic complex scripted therapy dialogue with clients to illustrate what she, a consummate expert DBT therapist, might be thinking and doing moment to moment that weaves in the core principles.
Every surfer searches for the perfect wave and every skier searches for the perfect snow conditions; and every decade or so the perfect wave or snow conditions exist in a brief moment of perfection and joy. Koerner has created, for me, the perfect 20 page chapter that I believe will bring joy to many therapists for a long time. In the chapter, "Getting the most from each interaction", Koerner leads the reader through a single 50 minute session integrating theory and practice including via a scripted dialogue with a client. In this short chapter Koerner generously gifts us the rare privilege of allowing us into her mind as she experiences, thinks, makes multiple frequent micro-assessments and takes frequent micro-actions; all coherently aligned with her case conceptualization of the client and the DBT principles previously outlined. This chapter illuminates Koerner's use of DBT principles to inform the moment to moment agility (movement, speed and flow) of a DBT therapist; the `jazz' or dance of DBT. Koerner is certainly an immensely agile and sure-footed dancer, and it is no surprise that she is an Aikido martial arts black belt.
Throughout the book, complex topics are made simple but never over-simplified. Koerner provides mountain-loads of really helpful clinical material and DBT teaching and training points. The book is exceptionally well written and set out, making reading seamless. Koerner is an expert at the use of metaphor, analogy, storytelling and illustrative clinical examples that deepens intellectual and experiential understanding, providing even greater clarity to her conceptualizations.
This is the slowest I have read any book (page for page), because I did not want to miss any single delightful morsel in any sentence. The book is packed full of wisdom and highly usable clinical material and one that I predict will be treasured by DBT therapists, therapists using DBT interventions and the DBT community. Totally inspiring!! This book will save lives!
I'm not an expert but I can participate in an intelligent conversation on the subject....Now if I could find a book like this for Gestalt Therapy....