This is an On-Demand course that includes an audio recording and a handout of slides that accompany the talk.

Alec L Miller

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is the leading evidence-based treatment for suicidal adults diagnosed with BPD. Recently, treatment researchers have found empirical support for the adaptation and application of DBT to self-harming multi-problem adolescents and their families. In addition, DBT is being applied to elementary, middle and high school students in a variety of school settings. This presentation highlights the recent empirical findings that support the application of DBT to self-harming adolescents and their families. In addition, the presenter describes the rationale and various formats of school-based DBT. Special consideration is paid to the relevance of the biosocial theory within the school context. Lastly, the presentation introduces some skills that have been expanded upon to address some of problems that arise when treating adolescents and their family members.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe the evidence base for DBT with self-harming adolescents.
  • Describe the rationale, including the biosocial theory, for DBT in school settings.
  • Identify DBT skills that target key aspects of adolescent-family conflicts.


Dr. Alec L. Miller, PsyD is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychology, Director of the Adolescent Depression and Suicide Program, and Associate Director of Psychology Training in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center.  He is also Co-Founder of Cognitive and Behavioral Consultants, LLP, a private group practice based in White Plains and Manhattan, NY. Dr. Miller received his PsyD from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology/Yeshiva University, and his BA from the University of Michigan.

He has authored or co-authored over 60 journal articles and book chapters and has co-authored four books including, Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Suicidal Adolescents (2007) as well as the forthcoming, Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training Manual for Adolescents and Families and Skills Training for Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescents (STEPS-A): Implementing DBT Skills Training in Schools, to be published by Guilford Press.  Upon invitation by the American Psychological Association, Dr. Miller developed a psychotherapy training video titled, DBT for Multi-Problem Adolescents (2007).

Licensing and Continuing Education Requirements

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The Evidence-Based Practice Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Evidence-Based Practice Institute maintains responsibility for the program and its content.  The Evidence-Based Practice Institute allocates 1.5 CE credits for this course following APA guidelines. After you successfully complete the course, fill out an evaluation form, and pass an exam, your CE certificate will be emailed to you.

Licensing and continuing education requirements vary by state. Please contact your state's regulatory authority to verify that this course meets your licensing and/or continuing education requirements.