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504 | Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to Treat Adolescents with Suicidal Ideation and Non-suicidal Self Injury

Friday 9/15 4:15 – 5:30 PM, Suicide and Self-harm: Awareness, Prevention, and Postvention, Workshop Tracks


Katheryn McLendon, M.S.S.W.; Shamicka Cannon, M.S.W.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers

Approved For CME/CEU




This presentation aims to educate licensed mental health professionals on how Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) can be utilized to treat suicidal ideation and non-suicidal self-injury in adolescents. Current research findings on the use of DBT in treating suicidal and non-suicidal self-injury in teens, as well as research limitations, will be presented. Participants will learn the biosocial theory that drives the methodology of treatment and the core components of DBT. The presenter will explain the difference between DBT-informed care and fully adherent DBT treatment. Furthermore, participants will learn how to create and use a diary card and conduct a chain analysis. Participants will gain an understanding of how phone coaching operates and how it can be effective in reducing suicidal gestures and non-suicidal behavior. The presentation will conclude with additional resources for ongoing education and training to assist therapists in further developing their skills to implement DBT into practice.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe the biosocial theory and identify the four core components of DBT
2. Analyze five research articles showing the efficacy of DBT in reducing suicidal and non-suicidal behavior in adolescence, identify research limitations, and identify areas of focus for future study
3. Create a diary card and conduct a behavioral chain analysis to target suicidal ideation and non-suicidal self-injury using an adolescent case study
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