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Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents With Bipolar Disorder

Results from a Pilot Randomized Trial

About the Course:

Pilot study of treatment for adolescents with bipolar disorder receiving dialectical behavior therapy versus treatment as usual. Study measured changes in mania, depression, suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, and non-suicidal self-injury. Findings indicate that DBT may offer promise as an adjunct to pharmacotherapy in the treatment of depressive symptoms and suicidal ideation for adolescents with BP. The DBT focus on commitment to treatment may be important for the treatment of early onset BP.

This course is based on the article, Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents with Bipolar Disorder created by Tina R Goldstein, PhD. et al. in 2015.

Publication Date:

Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology 2015

Course Material Authors

Tina R Goldstein, PhD

Dr. Goldstein is a licensed clinical psychologist whose research focuses on the development and examination of psychosocial treatments for youth with, and at-risk for, bipolar disorder. Her program of research is also devoted to the prevention and treatment of suicidal behavior in youth. Her work has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals.

Rachael K. Fersch-Podrat, MSW

Rachael is a licensed social worker with thirteen years of experience working in the mental health field. She has experience working on several psychosocial intervention studies for adolescents with bipolar disorder. She has also worked with children, adolescent and adult clients in a variety of settings including child advocacy, medical social work and various research studies related to children and families at the University of Pittsburgh.

Course Creator

Keith Gibson, Ph.D.

Dr. Gibson is a Clinical Psychologist with over 30 years in research, clinical and consulting practice. He has also held leadership roles in research administration and program evaluation and more recently has specialized in program evaluation and system analysis. He draws upon his years of expertise as a practicing psychologist, administrator, researcher and technologist to help universities evaluate their programs to implement, meet, and maintain CACREP standards.

Recommended For:

Clinicians interested in treating adolescents with bipolar disorder. This course is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Acknowleding high rate of suicidal ideation in the adolescent bipolar population and the high rate of suicide.

  2. Extrapolate the data of the study showing DBT as the preferred method of treatment, over conventional treatment.

  3. Apply DBT to the adolescent bipolar population, to reduce suicidal ideation, and attempts.

Course Material

References begin on page 147.

Course Material

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Course Number 102378
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