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date: 12 December 2019

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Dialectical behaviour therapy is a comprehensive behavioural treatment that can be applied trans- and multi-diagnostically to address clinical problems involving behavioural, emotional, or cognitive dysregulation, and target mild to severe dysfunction, including high suicide risk. Dissemination of treatment, particularly to those with severe mental illness and those underserved, is an important primary target for DBT. Clinicians are trained to provide DBT via traditional face-to-face therapy, but many individuals who need DBT do not receive it as the need still exceeds the number of trained and available clinicians. This chapter discusses the conceptual match between elements of DBT, its theoretical and scientific foundation, and how new technologies can be used effectively for treatment dissemination purposes. It provides an overview of the products already developed for DBT that include technology, and discusses future endeavours and highlights possible future developments, while cautioning against potential pitfalls that can threaten core DBT values.

Keywords: Dialectical behaviour therapy, DBT, technology, computerized psychotherapy, psychotherapy mobile apps

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