The DBT Hierarchy: Prioritizing Treatment Targets

Stephanie Vaughn

Psychē, PLLC Vanderbilt University

Key Points

1- In DBT there are 3 categories of targets:

  • Life-threatening behavior
  • Therapy-interfering behavior
  • Quality-of-life-interfering behavior

2- Imminent and upcoming risk takes precedence for discussion over past patient behavior and urges.

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