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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: Distinctive Features (CBT Distinctive Features) [Hardcover]

Michaela A. Swales , Heidi L. Heard
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10 Dec 2008 0415444578 978-0415444576 1

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a psychotherapeutic approach designed particularly to treat the problems of chronically suicidal individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD). The therapy articulates a series of principles that effectively guide clinicians in responding to suicidal and other behaviours that challenge them when treating this population.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy highlights 30 distinctive features of the treatment and uses extensive clinical examples to demonstrate how the theory translates into practice. In part I: The Distinctive Theoretical Features of DBT, the authors introduce us to the three foundations on which the treatment rests – behaviourism, Zen and dialectics – and how these integrate. In part II: The Distinctive Practical Features of DBT, Swales and Heard describe both how the therapy applies these principles to the treatment of clients with borderline personality disorder and elucidate the distinctive conceptual twists in the application of cognitive and behavioural procedures within the treatment.

This book provides a clear and structured overview of a complex treatment. It is written for both practicing clinicians and students wishing to learn more about DBT and how it differs from the other cognitive behaviour therapies.



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  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (10 Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415444578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415444576
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 12.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,784,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Michaela A. Swales is a lecturer-practitioner in clinical psychology at Bangor University and a consultant clinical psychologist at the North Wales Adolescent Service, North Wales NHS Trust. She is the Director of the British Isles DBT Training Team.

Heidi L. Heard is a senior trainer for BehavioralTech, USA and an international consultant and supervisor in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. She has written extensively about DBT and borderline personality disorder.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Overview of DBT 1 Jan 2011
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars First class working overview. 28 Nov 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great overview 4 Sep 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars great summary 2 Sep 2013
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A little book that covers all the basics. Excellent for an introduction to DBT - and easy to read. enjoyable ...
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