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Find a Trained DBT Therapist in the Triangle and other locales in North Carolina
...and the rest of the world
What the Heck is DBT? is a clear, accurate, enjoyable video describing comprehensive DBT written by Barbara Stuart and Esme Shaller of UC-San Francisco.
More on what is DBT?
Marsha Linehan's Story
Family Skills - DBT Self Help by Perry D. Hoffman, Alan E. Fruzzetti and Charles R. Swenson, a comprehensive explanation of the use of DBT with families, couples, and friends.
Borderline Personality Disorder - Family Connections Program. Listen to this 15-20 minute MP3 audio recording as Perry Hoffman, PhD explains the difficulties faced by family members who have a loved one with BPD.
Helpful Guidelines for friends and families of people with Borderline Personality Disorder
Several brief, informative trailers from a well-reviewed video series If Only We Had Known: A Family Guide to Borderline Personality Disorder
Understanding BPD article, highly recommended by NEA.BPD.
National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA.BPD). I can't say enough good things about what they do.
Watch Dr. Alan E. Fruzzetti’s webinar on the topic of understanding borderline personality disorder in boys and young men.
Sashbear.org. An inspired resource for "Making waves on BPD and suicide prevention" from the Courey family of Canada.
EmotionsMatter and BPD Resource Center.org offer a helpful range of resources initiated by the Tusiani family.
Families on the Line provides support for families using DBT to improve their lives.
Treatment and Research Advancements Association for Personality Disorder, TARA APD
The Ekman's Atlas of Emotions inspired by a series of conversations between the Dalai Lama and Paul Ekman about the science of emotions, this tool was created to be a visual journey through the world of emotions.
Checklist for Family Members to Communicate with Treatment Providers by NAMI.ORG and Oregon Council of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
Biofeedback-assisted Emotion Regulation Training by Milton Z. Brown.
Mindfulness in Clinical Practice and Daily Life, UNC SSW Clinical Lecture Series by John Mader LMFT.
DBT, ACT, CFT and Family Skills Related Blogs
DBT, ACT, CFT and Family Skills Related Resources on Twitter
DBT-oriented, Relationship-focused Groups in the Triangle
Family Connections (for Families of people with BPD and DBT-based) , NAMI-Wake with Ann and Gerry Akland. Ann can be contacted at email@example.com,
DBT Teen/Parent Group by Linda Cherney, Johnna Pilipchuk & Tiffany Sands Husack in Chapel Hill
DBT Teen/Parent Group by Prue Cuper and Jill Compton at CBT Center of the Triangle in Durham
DBT Adolescent Class by Lorie Ritschel
12-week DBT Family Skills Training and the 12-week DBT Couple Skills are offered by John Mader in Carrboro-Chapel Hill. Mia Penati & Mary Ann Hartye offer DBT FST in Raleigh
DBT-University Students Groups with Martha Golden, Meggan Moorhead, Mareah Steketee, Melany Coopmans Vizithum, Mia Penati and Kate Dryden
Through Thick and Thin, a 9-week course at Duke that teaches research-based behavioral strategies (including from DBT) for emotion regulation, Melissa Miller, Marissa Howard, and Zachary Rosenthal
DBT Skills Training Manual, DBT Skills Training Handouts & Worksheets, and Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder by Marsha Linehan.
Loving Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder, by Shari Manning. Recommended reading for our DBT FST class.
The High Conflict Couple: A DBT Guide to Finding Peace, Intimacy and Validation by Alan Fruzzetti, PhD. The text for our DBT Skills for Couples Class.
Understanding and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder: A Guide for Professionals and Families, edited by John Gunderson and Perry Hoffman. American Psychiatric Publishing.
New Hope for People with Borderline Personality Disorder by Neil Bockian, Valerie Porr and Nora Villagran. Includes a very useful chapter for families by Valerie Porr.
DBT in Clinical Practice: Applications Across Disorders and Settings by Linda A. Dimeff, Kelly Koerner
(See Chapter 8, Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Families, Alan E. Fruzzetti, Daniel A. Santisteban, and Perry D. Hoffman)
The Buddha & the Borderline: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder through Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Buddhism & Online Dating by Kiera Van Gelder, MFA Recommended reading for our DBT FST class.
DBT Skills Manual for Adolescents by Jill Rathus and Alec Miller. New York, Guilford Press
Dialectical Behavior Therapy With Suicidal Adolescents by Alec L. Miller, Psy.D., Jill H. Rathus, Ph.D., and Marsha M. Linehan, Ph.D. New York, Guilford Press
(While a book for clinicians, it is very clearly written and also lends itself to insights about the developmental-systemic process relevant to coping with severe emotion dysregulation.)
DBT® Skills in Schools: Skills Training for Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescents (DBT STEPS-A) by James J. Mazza, Elizabeth T. Dexter-Mazza, Alec L. Miller, Jill H. Rathus, and Heather E. Murphy
Beyond Borderline: True Stories of Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder, John Gunderson, MD and Perry Hoffman, PhD, New Harbinger
DBT® Principles in Action: Acceptance, Change, and Dialectics, Charles Swenson, Guilford Press
NPD Basics: A brief overview of identifying, diagnosing, and treating Narcissistic Personality Disorder by Elsa Ronningstam. www.borderlinepersonalitydisorder.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/NPD_Basics_October-2013-.pdf
Raising our Kids Well: Guidelines for Positive Parenting by K.D. Allen, M.D. Shriver, & C. Nadler. In Steven Jay Lynn, William O’Donohue, and Scott Lilienfeld (Eds). Better, Stronger, Wiser: Psychological Science and Well-Being
The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide, by Alex Chapman and Kim Gratz. New Harbinger Press (primarily for patients but also useful for families)
Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder: A Family Guide for Healing and Change, by Valerie Porr. Oxford University Press.
Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified: An Essential Guide for Understanding and Living with BPD, by Robert Friedel. Marlowe & Co.