The authors acknowledge the dialectical behavior therapy clinical staff at the Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders for their contributions to the development and implementation of the program presented in this article. The authors extend special thanks to the clients for their willing collaboration.
Description of an Intensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program for Multidiagnostic Clients With Eating Disorders
Article first published online: 15 JUN 2012
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Journal of Counseling & Development
Volume 90, Issue 3, pages 330–338, July 2012
How to Cite
Federici, A., Wisniewski, L. and Ben-Porath, D. (2012), Description of an Intensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program for Multidiagnostic Clients With Eating Disorders. Journal of Counseling & Development, 90: 330–338. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6676.2012.00041.x
- Issue published online: 15 JUN 2012
- Article first published online: 15 JUN 2012
- Received 06/08/11 Revised 09/30/11 Accepted 10/08/11
- dialectical behavior therapy;
- eating disorders;
- borderline personality disorder
The authors describe an intensive outpatient dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) program for multidiagnostic clients with eating disorders who had not responded adequately to standard, empirically supported treatments for eating disorders. The program integrates DBT with empirically supported cognitive behavior therapy approaches that are well established for the treatment of eating disorders. Attention is given to inclusion and exclusion criteria, how the program differs from standard treatments for eating disorders, and the application of specific DBT treatment components for multidiagnostic clients with eating disorders.