At least 135 million people worldwide will suffer from severe problems with emotion regulation in their lifetime and need Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Behavioral Tech is committed to making effective treatment easier to access by working to increase the number of trained professionals who can deliver DBT and build the expertise of DBT training organizations worldwide. Our impact is driven by providing DBT training, resources, and research.
Over 40,000 clinicians attended a Behavioral Tech DBT workshop or training.
- We have provided training to community mental health systems, US Veterans Administration teams, criminal justice systems, school systems, and other systems that treat persons at high risk for suicide.
- DBT has expanded to over 30 countries. We’ve partnered with local mental health providers to expand treatment into Australia, Canada, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Turkey, Russia, the UK, most countries in Latin America, and more. Watch our video on bringing DBT training to Latin America in 2014.
The Global Reach of DBT
Recognition for DBT
To date, more than 30 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) – the gold standard for health intervention research – produced by nearly 20 independent research groups in nine countries have demonstrated the effectiveness of DBT.
Meta-analyses of this extensive research have found moderate to large significant effects indicating DBT is more effective than treatment as usual in reducing suicide attempts, non-suicidal self-injury, and anger, and improving general functioning among people with borderline personality disorder (Stoffers et al., 2012; Kliem et al., 2010).
In a particularly striking set of findings, DBT decreased suicide attempts by 50% and psychiatric hospitalizations for suicidality by 73% when compared to community treatment by non-behavioral experts (Linehan et al., 2006). The available research suggests that DBT is comparably effective as other comprehensive psychotherapies for BPD. Overall, DBT has been designated as an empirically supported treatment with strong research support for treating BPD (American Psychological Association, Division 12).
Time Magazine even named DBT one of the top 100 new scientific discoveries in 2011 for its impact on people with difficult-to-treat disorders.
DBT is designated as having “Strong Research Support” for borderline personality disorder by Division 12 of the American Psychological Association. (LINK TO: )
A 2012 Cochrane review found that DBT is the only treatment with sufficient research to conclude it is effective for people with borderline personality disorder.
Resources & Advocacy
We endeavor to make compassionate, effective treatment available to all who need it. Behavioral Tech supports the work of its parent organization, The Linehan Institute, and other community partners who advocate on behalf of those suffering. Together, funds and resources are directed to areas of need.
- Presentations at national conferences such as the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), and partnerships with support organizations like the National Education Alliance Borderline Personality Disorder (NEABPD), Sashbear, and PROJECT 375, help provide resources and hope for those suffering and their loved ones.
- Our Clinical Resource Directory helps connect those seeking DBT with clinicians who completed our DBT Intensive Training or similar comprehensive training.
- Collaborate with local government to create standards for training in suicide risk assessment and management.
- We advocate with publishers around the world to translate and produce clinical texts from English to other languages, giving therapists and patients books they can use during training and treatment.
- Funds donated to The Linehan Institute and gifted to the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification (DBT-LBC) helped launch the official DBT certification program to support competently-delivered evidence-based treatment. The first cohort of 57 certified DBT therapists completed the process in 2015, and certification of DBT programs started in 2016.
Decades of research demonstrate the effectiveness of DBT with different populations, and colleagues around the world are regularly publishing new findings in support of the treatment. Behavioral Tech helps bring research to the forefront and connects people to additional research resources.
- Archived research summaries from 2014-2019 and information on more up-to-date resources are available here to see developments in the field of DBT and behavioral treatment.
- Research on treatment, treatment delivery, and implementation is published and presented at multiple international professional and consumer conferences.
- Active partnership with Behavioral Tech Research enables us to offer training on the most recent developments in DBT and provide online trainings and tools for clinicians.