Community Leaders Gather to Celebrate DBT Developer Marsha Linehan

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) scientists, therapists, and supporters will attend the second annual Linehan Institute Luncheon on May 3.

On the first Friday of May, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) scientists, therapists, and supporters will gather in New York for the second annual Linehan Institute Luncheon to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Marsha Linehan. She has devoted her life to providing compassion, hope, and effective treatment to all suffering from complex mental health disorders.

DBT is now widely recognized as the treatment of choice for borderline personality disorder (BPD) and growing research also shows promising results when providing DBT to clients with BPD and comorbid substance dependence, major depressive disorder, and eating disorders. DBT is especially effective for those with chronic suicidal or other severe, dysfunctional behaviors. Research has shown DBT to be effective in reducing suicidal behavior, psychiatric hospitalization, substance abuse, anger, interpersonal difficulties, and treatment dropout.

Marsha's mission continues. For the many who share success stories of DBT saving their lives, countless more suffer, unable to access effective treatment. The demand for evidence-based therapy has never been higher. Education, certification, and funding are vital to ensure competent treatment is available to all who need it – our families, our friends, our clients, our community.

This Luncheon comes on the heels of a week-long training in New York led by Dr. Linehan for advanced DBT practitioners.

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