Developing Treatment Goals in DBT to Address Suicidality 

Robert-Wagner
DBT Centre of Vancouver, Inc.

Key Points

  1. Establishing clear and behaviorally specific treatment goals is a foundational step in DBT, aiding in the introduction of the therapy and providing direction throughout the treatment process.
  2. Sophia’s treatment goals are improving emotion management, mitigating depression, and enhancing her overall well-being, with an emphasis on the necessity of staying alive to achieve these objectives.
  3. The DBT targeting hierarchy offers a structured approach to address recurring crises and various challenges in therapy, ensuring a systematic and prioritized resolution process.
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The purpose of this section is to introduce the approach to be taken in discussing the work with a client named Sophia, focusing on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to address suicidality.

Introduction to the Targeting Hierarchy and Assessment Tools

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