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on 1 January 2011
I like the CBT Distinctive Features series as they provide a comprehensive introduction to some often seemingly complex ideas and approaches. This book on DBT is particularly excellent. The major texts on DBT have been written mainly by Marsha Linehan who developed the approach. While comprehensive they can be difficult to read as someone completely new to the approach. DBT has various different stages and modalities (for example one to one therapy and group work) and it can de daunting to try and figure out how these fit together. The authors, helped by the style of the book series, break down DBT into manageable chunks which help demystify the approach and outline the key concepts.

This book would be an excellent addition to any therapist's bookshelf, whether you are a trainee Clinical Psychologist trying to get to grips with DBT or a more experienced therapist/Clinical Psychologist who wants to know more and wants a short, comprehensive and succinct introduction.
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on 28 November 2013
Clearly and logically laid out, this covers the field of work of a DBT practitioner in a small and easy to refer to guide. It is not a substitute for reading Linehan's work, but it does not pretend to be. I've found it invaluable over the last few years to refresh and maintain my practice. It's also good to refer those asking for information to this book, it's not too long or too pricey. If you're interested in DBT or in psychological therapies generally you will not regret buying this.
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on 4 September 2013
This was a really readable overview of DBT with great examples about how each aspect might look in practice. Although the author directs you to other texts for a more detailed account of DBT, this book does appear to cover main points and feels to be comprehensive without going into too much detail which could be confusing for someone new to DBT.
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on 25 October 2014
A deep academic book in my view, the authors have enormous first hand DBT treatment knowledge, however, between the lines it does help me to understand many things in different aspects.
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on 17 November 2012
As someone who has just attended a master class by the authors, this text helps makes sense of a complicated treatment. Well worth a look.
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on 2 September 2013
A little book that covers all the basics. Excellent for an introduction to DBT - and easy to read. enjoyable ...
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on 23 May 2015
An excellent read, which pulls out the distinctive features in both the theory and practice of DBT.
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on 27 July 2014
Excellent book that clearly explains core features of DBT in concise manner, found it very useful
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on 11 October 2014
Excellent synopsis of DBT theory and practice
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on 31 July 2014
Good introduction to understanding dbt
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