Published July 14, 2015
Congratulations to PhD student Braden Linn, alumni Carissa Uschold (MSW '01) and Michelle Olandese (MSW '98) and co-author A. Panepinto on the publication of their article, "Beyond Borderline Personality Disorder: Dialectical Behavior Therapy in a College Counseling Center" in the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy.
Panepinto, A. R., Uschold, C. C., Olandese, M., & Linn, B. K. (2015). Beyond Borderline Personality Disorder: Dialectical Behavior Therapy in a College Counseling Center. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy.
The study investigated the efficacy of a dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) program with a general college counseling center population, not limited to students diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. A review of records of 64 students found that obsessive-compulsive symptoms, interpersonal sensitivity, depression, anxiety, paranoia, somatization, psychoticism, and phobic anxiety decreased, as did overall distress. All four target areas of DBT, namely confusion about self, impulsivity, emotional dysregulation, and interpersonal chaos, also significantly decreased. Limitations and implications for college counseling centers are discussed.