Evaluation of a pilot dialectical behaviour therapy skills training group, in a child and adolescent mental health service team
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Evaluation of a pilot dialectical behaviour therapy skills training group, in a child and adolescent mental health service team

Marian Quinn Specialist clinical psychologist, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Lincoln, England
Rebecca Hymas Assistant psychologist, Child and adolescent mental health service, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Freshney Green Primary Care Centre, Grimsby, England

Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), a cognitive behavioural treatment, was developed originally for suicidal and non-suicidal self-injurious behaviour in adults with borderline personality disorder, and for emotional dysregulation, but it can be adapted for use with young people with similar challenges. The aims of DBT are to reduce life-threatening suicidal behaviours and therapy-interfering behaviours, to teach behavioural, coping and social skills, and to improve quality of life. The emotional and behavioural dysregulation and impulsive/avoidant behaviour profile in adolescents means DBT is a potentially effective treatment option for this patient population.

Mental Health Practice. 21, 4,24-28. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2017.e1247

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marian.quinn@gmail.com

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Received: 12 March 2017

Accepted: 29 June 2017