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Linehan Institute Announces Appointment of Preston Thompson as Permanent Executive Director

August 15, 2015.

The Linehan Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Preston Thompson as its new Executive Director. This appointment also marks the formal transition of Thompson to permanent CEO of Behavioral Tech, a Linehan Institute company.


No Longer Wanting to Die

New York Times. May 16, 2015.

In the opinion pages of the New York Times, Will Lippincott shares how DBT changed his life.


DBT Training for Latin American Therapists

We offer DBT training throughout the U.S. and the world to increase access to care in areas that struggle to find resources. Our 2014-15 Intensive in Argentina proved to be invaluable to therapists from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Peru. Watch more below.


Dialectical Behavior Therapy for High Suicide Risk in Individuals With Borderline Personality Disorder:
A Randomized Clinical Trial and Component Analysis

JAMA Psychiatry. March 25, 2015.

On March 25, JAMA Psychiatry published a ground-breaking study by Dr. Marsha Linehan and colleagues, on DBT for High Suicide Risk in Individuals with BPD. This is the first component analysis of DBT and was designed to evaluate the importance of the skills training component of DBT by comparing skills training plus case management (DBT-S), DBT individual therapy plus activities group (DBT-I), and standard DBT which includes skills training and individual therapy.

After performing a single-blind, randomized clinical trial of 99 women with BPD who had at least 2 suicide attempts and/or non-suicidal self-injury acts in the last 5 years, the study found a variety of DBT interventions with therapists trained in the DBT suicide risk assessment and management protocol are effective in reducing suicide attempts. The study also found that interventions that include DBT skills training are more effective than DBT without skills training in reducing depression, anxiety, and the frequency of non-suicidal self-injury. Results indicated that standard DBT may be superior to both dismantled conditions in maintaining gains after treatment.


Reducing Suffering with Technology

International Innovation. Issue 153.

Designing technology-based solutions for mental health, Behavioral Tech Research, Inc. is currently focused on providing training and support for mental health professionals and individuals with complex psychological disorders.


NFL Should Take Lead In Rehabilitating Domestic Violence Offenders

ESPN. Sept 22, 2014.

Dr. Linehan advocates a focus on redemption and teaching skills in the NFL to help players change, rather than casting them out of the league. She believes that Brandon Marshall is the perfect person to influence the NFL to make meaningful change.


Why Ineffective Psychotherapies Appear to Work:
A Taxonomy of Causes of Spurious Therapeutic Effectiveness

Perspectives on Psychological Science: A Journal of the Association for Psychological Science. July 2014.

Clinical practice is the domain of applied psychology in which acknowledging and mitigating errors in human reasoning is most crucial. This article addresses one such set of errors.


DBT Appears Effective in Treating Suicidality, Self-Harm in Adolescents, Study Shows

Psychiatric News Alert. July 31, 2014.

According to a report published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) may be an effective intervention to reduce self-harm, suicidal ideation, and depression in adolescents with repetitive self-harming behavior.


The Pursuit of 'Radical Acceptance'

ESPN. July 2014.

Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall shared the story of his battle with borderline personality disorder.


New Program Tackling Self-harm and Suicide to be Rolled out Across Ireland

Irish Times. June 2014.

Psychologists, social workers, nurses, and other mental health professionals in Ireland will now have the opportunity to complete a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program being rolled out across the country, following a pilot program and study that has been in operation since 2010.

Dr. Linehan recently returned from a week-long DBT Skills Training in Cork.


Exposing Clinicians to Exposure:
A Randomized Controlled Dissemination Trial of Exposure Therapy for Anxiety Disorders

Available online May 4, 2014 in Behavior Therapy.

Highlights: We compared 3 technology-based methods of training clinicians in exposure therapy. Online training (OLT) was sufficient to improve self-efficacy and clinical use. Adding a motivational enhancement (ME) module to the OLT did not improve outcomes. Further adding a learning community improved knowledge, attitudes, and proficiency. Technology-based methods provide an effective and scalable way to train clinicians.