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date: 27 January 2020

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College counselling centres (CCCs) at colleges and universities help in identifying at-risk students, offering variable interventions for a wide range of psychological disorders, and handling acute crisis situations. The CCC’s importance is paramount, particularly in light of the increasing prevalence, severity, and complexity of psychopathological symptoms in student populations. In this changing environment, CCCs are making modifications to their treatment and policy structure (e.g., increasing evidence-based, time-limited practice appropriate for a wide range of disorders). Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) may be uniquely suited to address many needs of the CCCs. This chapter reviews recent evidence on the efficacy of DBT in CCCs, as well as strategic modifications and implementation challenges based on both research and clinical expertise. It offers information on changing the DBT treatment structure, modifying treatment modes, and utilizing the biosocial module in student populations. Additionally, it emphasizes the importance of both pre-implementation assessments and ongoing outcome evaluations.

Keywords: Dialectical behaviour therapy, college counselling centres, students, Group therapy, behavioural interventions

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