Publication Date

Spring 5-2-2018


School of Behavioral Sciences


Psychology: Human Services Counseling


DBT, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma, Trauma Interventions, Borderline Personality Disorder, BPD, PTSD, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Biopsychosocial, Social Work, Depression, Suicide, Self Harm, Children, Adolescents, Women, Veterans


Biological Psychology | Child Psychology | Clinical and Medical Social Work | Clinical Psychology | Cognition and Perception | Cognitive Behavioral Therapy | Cognitive Neuroscience | Cognitive Psychology | Community Health | Community Psychology | Comparative Psychology | Counseling Psychology | Counselor Education | Developmental Psychology | Mental and Social Health | Mental Disorders | Other Mental and Social Health | Personality and Social Contexts | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy | Social Psychology | Social Work | Substance Abuse and Addiction


According to Lynne Weilart (2013), in her article on the reasons why people seek out therapy, trauma is the number one reason people attend counseling. Many different trauma-informed approaches are designed specifically to address the consequences of trauma and to facilitate healing. Some of these approaches are as follows: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT); Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT);Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT); Trauma Systems Therapy (TST); Trauma Assessment Pathway (TAP); and Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) (de Arellano, Danielson, Ko, & Sprauge, 2008). The effectiveness of each trauma intervention will be examined. DBT is one of these trauma interventions that is growing rapidly in its popularity, as it is now recognized as a "gold standard" psychological treatment (Linehan, 2017). The biopsychosocial-spiritual-environmental social work model will be used to display the impacts of DBT. The skills taught through the DBT program impact each diagnosis and population differently. Evidence from past research will be used through an extensive literature review. For the sake of clarity, the titles "clinical social worker" and "therapist" will be used interchangeably for ease of wording throughout the thesis. This persuasive thesis will encourage clinical social workers in the field of mental health to use this specific trauma intervention more often.