Basma F. Kilani

Amman, Jordan

Basma Kilani, M.A., is a DBT-LBC Certified Clinician from Amman, Jordan where she is Founder & Chief Specialist at the Maria Den Braven Mental Health Center. She is also the Managing Director of DBT-MENA, the BTECH affiliate in that region. Basma began studying DBT in 2008 as a graduate student at the University of Jordan. In 2016-17, Basma’s team completed DBT Intensive Training through British Isles DBT. In 2019, Basma was appointed DBT Ambassador in Jordan by Behavioral Tech. That year, Basma began collaborating with Ahmed Abdelkarim, a BTECH Trainer in Egypt. Basma joined the BTECH training team as a Trainer in 2022; André Ivanoff serves as her mentor. DBT MENA (Middle East & North Africa) became a BTECH Affiliate in 2021, with Basma as a founding member. Basma hosted a Skillful Living Training in October 2020 and has presented in several DBT Intensives, in the MENA region in 2020-2022, and at Columbia University in 2021-2022. Basma’s published Master’s dissertation is on the prevalence of eating disorders among young adults in Jordan and her PhD  research projects under Michaela Swales’ supervision examine 1) the association between adverse childhood experiences and  how non-suicidal self Injury (NSSI) is mediated by shame; and 2) on the implementation of DBT skills training among male youth in Jordan. She is also currently involved in survey research following the 180 participants in the MENA region who have completed DBT Intensive Training. Basma is committed to the dissemination of DBT, not only in the Middle East, but across the globe.