RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES & FRIENDS
Find a Therapist
Find a Trained DBT Therapist in the Triangle and other locales in North Carolina
...and the rest of the world. You may also search for people certified in DBT through the DBT Linehan Board of Certification. Go to the DBT-LBC directory.
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?
The Origins of DBT and Building a Life Worth Living By Marsha Linehan, PhD, and Ronda Oswalt Reitz, PhD.
Marsha Linehan's Story
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.
Charlie Swenson's podcast, To Hell and Back, teaches DBT Skills as a set of tools for daily life and for getting through and out of Hell.
Sashbear.org. An inspired resource for "Making waves on BPD and suicide prevention" from the Courey family of Canada. The Sashbear Foundation has created a number of beautifully video biographies about Having A Life Worth Living.
EmotionsMatter and BPD Resource Center.org offer a helpful range of resources initiated by the Tusiani family.
Having A Life Worth Living - Dr. Blaise Aguirre's Insights on Borderline Personality Disorder.
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.
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.
Family and Children Resources
Open Your Mind Before You Open Your Mouth- Adult and Child Versions. A series of videos demonstrating how Dialectical Behavioral Therapy helps patients and their families; This series was developed jointly by NEABPD with Dr. Alan Fruzzetti and the National Office for Suicide Prevention in Ireland.
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.
Families on the Line and Family Connections trainer, Maria-Paule de Valdivia, share useful resources for families to improve their lives.
Helpful Guidelines for friends and families of people with Borderline Personality Disorder
If Only We Had Known: A Family Guide to Borderline Personality Disorder, Several brief, informative trailers from a well-reviewed video series
Watch Dr. Alan E. Fruzzetti’s webinar on the topic of Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder in boys and young men.
Adapting DBT for Children by Francheska Perepletchikova, et al.
Checklist for Family Members to Communicate with Treatment Providers by NAMI.ORG and Oregon Council of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
DBT and Substance Abuse
DBT Addiction Skills with Dr. Marsha Linehan. Video on DBT skills that have been used in the treatment of individuals with a variety of addictions (fee).
Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Substance Abusers by Linda Dimeff and Marsha M. Linehan, University of Washington.
DBT for Substance Abusers with Borderline Personality Disorder, an on-demand training with Linda Dimeff.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Substance Abuse: A Pilot Application to Methamphetamine-Dependent Women With Borderline Personality Disorder by Linda Dimeff, Shireen L. Rizvi, Milton Brown, and Marsha M. Linehan, University of Washington.
Preventing Suicide Resources
nowmattersnow.org - Have you had suicidal thoughts? Problems that felt unsolvable? You are in excellent company – we’ve been there. Now Matters Now hacks suffering.
Caring Contacts suicide prevention resources featured in Huffington Post.
Ursula Whiteside APA talk on Suicide Prevention and on CBS Sunday Morning.
Suicide Related Supportive Resources for Family and Friends
I highly recommend this video on grief by BBC. https://twitter.com/johncmader/status/1221929668191932416?s=09
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 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.
DBT-University Students Groups in the Triangle.
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.