Diagnostic, Dimensional & Risk Considerations in Clients Suitable for DBT


January 5, 2017

Originally developed for suicidal and self-harming women with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has grown and evolved to address a range of diagnoses and clinical problems. In this opening lecture we will discuss the diagnoses, dimensional criteria and clinical presentations of clients who are appropriate for a DBT treatment framework, while also relating to the issue of risk and its assessment in these complex patients. The objective of this lecture is to give therapists a good understanding of which clients are appropriate for a DBT approach, and some basic tools to assess their level of risk.

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