Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder

Author(s): Marsha M. Linehan

Health and Wellbeing

A step-by-step guide to teach clients four sets of skills: interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and mindfulness. This manual details how to implement procedures in Linehan's book Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder.

In this companion Skills Training Manual presents session-by-session guidelines for imparting and integrating into the patient's repertoire four key psychosocial skills notably absent in borderlines. A previous version of this manual has been successfully used in psychiatric hospitals, community health centers, and other settings. Together, the two pieces add up to new promise for respectful, sustained, effective work with this growing patient group.

This hands-on companion presents in session-by-session replicable detail the clinical strategies designed to remediate four specific skills areas arrested in the BPD patient: 'mindfulnesss' (balancing emotion and rationality to achieve wisdom), interpersonal effectiveness, emotion, regulation, and distress tolerance. The manual also features practical pointers on when to use the other treatment strategies described in CBT-BPD.

Currently employed in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings, this user-friendly manual provides everything a clinician needs. It includes 'lecture notes,' discussion questions, exercises, and practical advice on what problems are likely to arise and how best to deal with them. Published in a large 8.5' x 11' format, it also features an array of client handouts that may be readily photocopied.

Product Information

"[Linehan is] one of the world's leading experts on BPD."--Time Magazine

'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 (BPD). 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

Rationale for Psychosocial Skills Training with Borderline Patients. Practical Issues in Psychosocial Skills Training. Session Format and Starting Skills Training. Application of Structural Strategies and Skills Training Procedures to Psychosocial Skills Training. Application of Other Strategies and Procedures to Psychosocial Skills Training. Session-by-Session Outlines for Psychosocial Skills Training. Core Mindfulness Skills. Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills. Emotion Regulation Skills. Distress Tolerance Skills. Handouts and Homework Sheets. References. Index.

General Fields

  • : 9780898620344
  • : Guilford Publications
  • : Guilford Publications
  • : 0.476
  • : May 1993
  • : 279mm X 216mm X 10mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Marsha M. Linehan
  • : Paperback
  • : Jun-93
  • : English
  • : 616.89
  • : 180
  • : illustrations