Category: Treatment - DBT

Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion 16 - DBT in College Counseling Centers

Saturday, November 18
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Indigo Ballroom A, Level 2, Indigo Level

Keywords: DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) | College Students
Presentation Type: Panel Discussion

College counseling centers (CCCs) constitute a diverse treatment context in terms of developmental period (emerging adulthood), treated and symptom presentation, as well as ethnic, racial, disability, and sexually diverse client populations. Large scale surveys and longitudinal research focused on this setting have noted a steady increase in the number of students seeking treatment, an increase in the severity of psychological symptoms (e.g., suicidality, self-harm), and an increase in counselor stress (e.g., ACHA, 2015; CUCCA, 2006; Smith et al., 2007). CCC clinicians are tasked with treating this increasingly severe, diagnostically and culturally heterogeneous population within the time- and cost-limitations of the CCC setting. Given this, a current primary focus is to increase evidence-based practice in the CCC, with a renewed focus on cognitive-behavioral therapies in a setting that has historically relied more on humanistic and interpersonal approaches. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT; Linehan, 1993) is an evidence-based cognitive-behavioral treatment originally created to treat chronically suicidal patients and borderline personality disorder. However, an increasing body of research supports DBT as a transdiagnostic treatment for emotion dysregulation, with recent research focusing on the applicability of DBT in various forms for use in CCCs. This panel discussion brings together DBT researchers with expertise in transition to college for emerging adults with serious mental health problems, implementation of DBT in CCCs, and the application and outcomes of comprehensive and adapted/brief DBT treatment programs to review the current and future role of DBT in CCCs. Panelists will discuss a) the effectiveness of DBT skills group as a stand-alone treatment in CCCs, b) other models of DBT implementation and adaptive treatment strategies that allow treatment of suicidal college students to be personalized depending on the student's response to treatment, c) the role of research in further implementation of DBT in CCCs, and d) potential mechanisms for DBT treatment outcome in this population.

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Amanda Uliaszek

Assistant Professor
University of Toronto


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Carla Chugani

University of Pittsburgh, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC


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Jacqueline Pistorello

Research Faculty
University of Nevada, Reno Counseling Services


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Tina Goldstein

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center


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Monicah Muhomba

Vanderbilt University


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Jim Mazza

University of Washington


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