Title

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): Empirical Evidence and Clinical Applications from a Christian Perspective

Publication Date

Spring 2016

Abstract

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive evidence-based treatment originally developed for individuals with borderline personality disorder endorsing histories of parasuicidal behavior. Incorporating elements of mindfulness, metacognition, and acceptance into its treatment repertoire alongside more conventional cognitive and behavioral interventions, DBT can be categorized as a third wave cognitive-behavioral treatment along the likes of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). This article summarizes the core concepts and the key elements of DBT's conceptual framework, along with empirical research supporting its efficacy and effectiveness in treating not only borderline personality disorder, but a host of other conditions as well. While many of the skills in the DBT treatment model may be readily applied by Christian therapists working with Christian clients with little or no interaction or tension raised in relation to matters of faith, the authors highlight some areas of consideration that may warrant a more thoughtful engagement-offering suggestions on how to navigate these potential challenges along the way.

Keywords

Dialectical behavior therapy;

Publication Title

Journal of Psychology and Christianity

Volume

35

Issue

1

First Page

68

Last Page

76

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