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TREATING PTSD

IN HIGH-RISK AND MULTI-DIAGNOSTIC CLIENTS

What is DBT PE?

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Prolonged Exposure (DBT PE) protocol is designed to treat PTSD among suicidal, self-injuring, and multi-diagnostic adolescents and adults receiving Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). The DBT PE protocol is based on Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy, a highly effective treatment for PTSD that utilizes in vivo and imaginal exposure followed by processing as the core treatment strategies. The integrated DBT and DBT PE protocol treatment uses a stage-based approach to comprehensively address the full range of problems experienced by high-risk, severe, and complex clients with PTSD.    

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Latest News About DBT PE

Tune in to Podcasts on DBT PE
As part of Dr. Charlie Swenson's podcast series TO HELL AND BACK, Dr. Melanie Harned discussed how we can use principles and strategies from DBT PE to cope with our own past, current, and future traumatic experiences.  Listen now.

Minnesota Approves Coverage for DBT PE
The Minnesota Department of Human Services has increased the number of approved therapy units for publicly subsidized DBT programs to allow for the integration of the DBT PE protocol into standard DBT. Read more.

 

New Study on DBT PE Published
A new study found that adding the DBT PE protocol to DBT improved functional outcomes among women with BPD and PTSD, and that reducing PTSD and post-traumatic cognitions predicted later improvements in functioning.  Read more.

DBT PE Provider Directory now Available
An online directory of intensively trained DBT PE therapists is now available that includes 220+ therapists in 14 countries and 30 U.S. states.  Search now.


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