In this section:

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Recommendations for enhancing certification readiness:  

Foundational Theory

Applicants should have thorough knowledge of the following general topics:

  • Behavior Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Applicants should have thorough knowledge of the following DBT-specific topics:

  • Bio-Social Theory and framework for DBT
  • Validation
  • Dialectics
  • DBT Mindfulness
  • DBT Consultation Team
  • Suicide risk assessment/intervention
  • Skills training
  • Knowledge of the content of the 4 DBT Skills Modules.
  • Includes understanding and application of principles of acquisition,  strengthening, and generalization.
  • “In session” teaching as well as “in vivo” application.

The application of other principles of behavior therapy including:

  • Exposure-based procedures
  • Cognitive modification
  • Contingency management
  • Behavioral analysis
  • Other Special Treatment Strategies

DBT Adherence and Fidelity

Books and Chapters about Borderline Personality Disorder 

 From a Theory and Treatment Perspective     

  1. Aguirre, B., Galen, G. (2013). Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder: Relieve Your Suffering Using the Core Skill of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. New Harbinger Publications.
  2. Aguirre, B., Galen, G. (2015). Coping with BPD: DBT and CBT Skills to Soothe the Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder. New Harbinger Publications.
  3. Aguirre, B., Galen, G. (2021). DBT For Dummies. For Dummies Publications.
  4. Cook, C., (2021) The Way She Feels: My Life on the Borderline in Pictures and Pieces. Tin House Books.
  5. Corso, D. (2017). Stronger Than BPD: The Girl’s Guide to Taking Control of Intense Emotions, Drama, and Chaos Using DBT. New Harbinger Publications.
  6. Gunderson, J., Hoffman, P., (2016). Beyond Borderline: True Stories of Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder. New Harbinger Publications.
  7. John G. Gunderson, M.D., with Paul S. Links, M.D., F.R.C.P.C. Borderline Personality Disorder: A Clinical Guide, Second Edition.  Arlington, Va., American Psychiatric Publishing, 2008, 366 pp.
  8. Koons, C.R., (2016). The Mindfulness Solution for Intense Emotions: Take Control of Borderline Personality Disorder with DBT. New Harbinger Publications.
  9.  McKay, M., Wood, J., Brantley, J., (2019). The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook: Practical DBT Exercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, & Distress Tolerance. New Harbinger Publications.
  10. Paris,  Joel. Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder: A Guide to Evidence-Based Practice.. New York: Guilford Press, 2008, 254 pp.
  11. Chapman, Alex and Gratz, Kim (2007) . The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide.   Oakland, CA: .New Harbinger Publications, Inc.
  12. Friedel, Robert O. (2004) . Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified New York, NY:. Marlow & Co.
  13. Gunderson, JG. & Hoffman, PD. (2005) Understanding and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder: A Guide for Professionals and Families. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press, Inc.
  14. Hoffman, PD, and Steiner-Grossman, P. (2008) . Borderline Personality Disorder: Meeting the Challenges to Successful Treatment.  Philadelphia, PA: Haworth Press.
  15. Bockian, N.R.,  Porr, V., & Vilagran, N.E., 2002.  New Hope for People with Borderline Personality Disorder; Roseville, CA:  Prima Publishing Co.
  16. Harned, Melanie, (2022). Treating Trauma in Dialectical Behavior Therapy: The DBT Prolonged Exposure Protocol (DBT PE); Guilford Press

From a Personal Perspective

  1.  Linehan, M. (2020). Building a Life Worth Living: A Memoir. Random House.
  2. Thornton, M.F.  1998.  Eclipses:  Behind the Borderline Personality Disorder.  Madison, AL:  Monte Santo.
  3. Van Gelder, K. (2010). The Buddha and the Borderline: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder through Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Buddhism, and Online Dating. New Harbinger Publications.
  4. Wanklin, J.  1997.  Let Me Make it Good:  A Chronicle of My Life with Borderline Personality Disorder.  Buffalo, NY:  Mosaic Press.
  5. Girl, Interrupted (Columbia Pictures, 1999).

Required Reading for Certification

  1. Linehan, M.M. (1993).  Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder.  New York:  Guildford Press.
  2. Linehan, M.M. (1993).  Skills training manual for treating borderline personality dirsorder.  New York:  Guilford Press.

Additional helpful resources

  1. Linehan, M.M, & Schmidt, H. (1995). The dialectics of effective treatment of borderline personality disorder
  2.   Linehan, M.M. (1997) Validation and psychotherapy. In Bohart & L. Greenberg, Empathy Reconsidered
  3.   Swenson, C.R., Sanderson, C., Dulit, R.A., & Linehan, M.M. (2007) DBT for Inpatient Units Linehan, Bohus, Lynch (2007) DBT for Pervasive Emotion Dysregulation.
  4.   Lindenboim, Chapman, Linehan (2007) BPD. In Handbook of Homework Assignments in Psychotherapy

Theoretical Foundations of DBT


  1. Linehan, M.M. (1997).  Validation in psychotherapy.  In Bohart & L. Greenberg, Empathy Reconsidered:  New directions in psychotherapy (pp. 353-392).  Washington, DC:  American Psychological Association.
  2. Koerner, K., Linehan, M.M. (2003).  Validation Principles and Strategies.  In O’Donohue, W. , Fisher, J.E., Hayes, S.C. (Eds.), Cognitive Bheavioral Therapy.  New Jersey:  John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 229-237.

Behavior Therapy

  1. Barlow, D. H. (Ed.) (2007). Clinical handbook of psychological disorders(4thedition). New York: Guilford Press.
  2. Bennett-Levy, J., Butler G., Fennell, M., Hackmann, A., Mueller, M., & Westbrook, D. (Eds.) (2004). Oxford guide to behavioural experiments in cognitive therapy. New York: Oxford Press.
  3. Clark, D.M. & Fairburn, C. G. (1997).Science & practice of cognitive behaviour therapy.  New York: Oxfor University Press.
  4. Farmer, R.F. & Chapman, A.L. (2007). Behavioral interventions in cognitive therapy: Practical guidance for putting theory into action.American Psychological Association.
  5. Foa, E. B., Hembree, E., & Rothbaum, B. O. (2007). Prolonged exposure therapy for PTSD: Emotional processing of traumatic experiences therapist guide (Treatments That Work).New York: Oxford Press.
  6. Lieberman, D. (1999). Learning: Behavior and cognition (3rdEdition). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Co.
  7. Nezu, A., & Nezu, C. (2001). Problem solving therapy. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 11, (2), 187-205.
  8. O’Donohue, W., Fisher, J. E.& Hayes, S. C. (Eds.) (2003). Cognitive behavior therapy: Applying empirically supported techniques in your practice. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  9. Ramnero,J. & Torneke (2008). The ABCs of human behavior.Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.
  10. Pryor, K. (1999). Don’t shoot the dog: The new art of teaching and training. New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publications [CONTINGENCY MANAGEMENT]
  11. Goldfried, M. L. & Davidson, G. C. (1994).Clinical behavior therapy. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Efficacy Research on DBT

Core Evidence and Research Here

 Standard DBT Treatment and Trainings Resources


  • Linehan, M.M. (2005).  This One Moment:  Skills for Everyday Mindfulness (DVD).  Behavioral Tech LLC.  

Consultation Team Resources: (We recommend reading and referencing the DBT Teams book listed below)

Sayrs, J. H. R., & Linehan, M. M. (2019). DBT® teams: Development and practice. The Guilford Press.

  1. DBT Consultation Team Commitment Session for New Members
  2. DBT Consultation Team Agreements
  3. DBT Consultation Team Format and Tasks
  4. DBT Consultation Team Member Tasks
  5. Consultation Team Attendance Log
  6. Consultation Team Check List
  7. Consultation Team Meeting Agenda
  8. Consultation Team Observer Tasks 

Behavioral Analysis Tools 

  1. Behavioral Analysis
  2. Chain Analysis Instructions
  3. Chain Analysis Worksheet
  4. Defining Problems Behaviorally

Case Formulation

  • Koerner, K., Linehan, M.M. (1997).  Case Formulation in Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder.  In T. Eells (Ed.) Handbook of Psychotherapy Case Formulation.  New York:  Guilford Press, 340-367.

DBT For Specific Populations and Settings



  • Rathus, J.H., Miller, A.S. (2002).  Dialectical Behavior Therapy      adapted for suicidal adolescents.  Suicide and Life-threatening Behaviors 32(2), 146 -157.

Books, Chapters 

  • Adolescent DBT Supervision/Consultation.  Miller, AL, & Hartstein, JL. (2006).  Dialectical behavior therapy supervision and consultation with suicidal, multi -problem youth: The nuts and bolts. In, Helping others help children: Clinical supervision of child psychotherapy. Neill, T. (Ed.). American Psychological Association Press.

 Treatment Manuals and Material

  •  Adolescent Dialectics.  Miller, A.L., Rathus, J.H. (2002).  Adolescent dialectical dilemmas. Behavioral Tech, L.L.C.
  • Adolescent Skills Training Handouts Miller, A.L., Rathus, J.H., Landsman, (1997).  DBT Multifamily Skills Training for Suicidal Adolescents.  Adapted from Marsha M. Linehan’s Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder. Guilford Press, 1992.                                        

Inpatient Units


  • Swenson, C.R., Sanderson, C., Dulit, R.S. (2001).  The application of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for patients with Borderline Personality Disorder on inpatient units.  Psychiatric Quarterly, 72(4).   Behavior, 32(2). Human Sciences Press, Inc. The American Association of Suicidology.
  • Katz, L.Y., Gunasekara, S., Cox, B.J., & Miller, A.L. (2004). Feasibility of dialectical behavior therapy for parasuicidal adolescent inpatients. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 43, 276-282.

Community Mental Health Settings


  • Fox, T. (1998).  Integrating dialectical behavioral therapy into a community mental health program.  Psychiatric Service, 49 (10), 1338-1340.

Substance Abuse/Dependence


  • Dual Dx Randomized Controlled Trial  Linehan, M.M., Schmidt, H., Dimeff, L.A., Craft, J.C., Kanter, J., Comtois, K.A. (1999).  Dialectical Behavior Therapy for patients with Borderline Personality Disorder and Drug Dependence.  The American Journal on Addictions, 8, 279-292.
  • Dual Dx Randomized Controlled Trial  Linehan, M.M., Dimeff, L.A., Reynolds, S.K., Comtois, K.A., Shaw Welch, S., Heagerty, P., Kivlahan, D.R. (2002).  Dialectical behavior therapy versus comprehensive validation therapy plus 12-step for the treatment of opioid dependent women meeting criteria for borderline personality disorder.   Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 67, 13-26.

Eating Disorders


  • Telch, C.F., Agras, W.S., Linehan, M.M. (2001).  Dialectical behavior therapy for binge eating disorder.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 69(6), 1061-1065. (Randomized Controlled Trial)
  • Telch, C.F., Agras, W.S. and Linehan, M.M. (2000).  Group Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Binge Eating Disorder:  A Preliminary Uncontrolled Trial.  Behavior Therapy, 31, 569-582.

Books, Chapters and Manuals

  • Wiser, S. and Telch, C.F. (1999).  Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Binge-Eating Disorder.  In Session: Psychotherapy in Practice, 55(6), 755-768.  John Wiser & Sons.
  • Astrachan-Fletcher, E. and Maslar, M. (2009).  The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Workbook for Bulimia: Using DBT to Break the Cycle and Regain Control of Your Life.  New Harbinger Publications.

Families of DBT Clients


  • Hoffman, P., Fruzetti, A., and Swenson, S. (1999).  Dialectical Behavior Therapy – Family Skills Training.  Family Process, 38(4), 399-414
  • Manning, S.Y., Linehan, M.M. (2011).  Loving Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder.  Guilford Press.
  • Porr, V.  ( 2010 ).  Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder:  A Family Guide for Healing and Change.  Oxford University Press.
  • If Only I Had Known:  A Family Guide to Borderline Personality Disorder (5 DVD Set).  Dawkins Productions.
  • Gunderson, JG. & Hoffman, PD. (2005) Understanding and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder:  A Guide for Professionals and Families. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press, Inc.
  •  Hoffman, PD, and Steiner-Grossman, P. (2008) . Borderline Personality Disorder: Meeting the Challenges to Successful Treatment.  Philadelphia, PA: Haworth Press.



  • Fruzzetti, A.E., (2006).  The High Conflict Couples:  A Dialectical Behavior Therapy Guide to Finding Peace, Intimacy & Validation.  New Harbinger Publications, Inc., Oakland, CA.

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