Child Mental Health Forum - Blaise Aguirre, M.D.
The Application of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in the Treatment of Adolescents with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
Blaise Aguirre, M.D.
Medical Director, McLean Hospital
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a cognitive-behavioral treatment approach that emphasizes the development of four skill sets: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation and distress tolerance. DBT has been clinically tested and proven to be effective in adolescents and adults with borderline personality disorder and emerging borderline personality disorder. This talk will review the formulation of BPD in adolescents and the application of DBT in the treatment of adolescents with self-injurious and suicidal behaviors.
Target Audience: Physicians (psychiatrists, pediatricians, child neurologists), psychologists, social workers, other mental health clinicians and researchers, and students and trainees.
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:
- Recognize BPD in adolescents
- List four skill sets in DBT
- List the modes of treatment in comprehensive DBT