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Title: Advances in DBT with Adolescents and Families in Outpatient and School Settings
Audience Level: Basic (casual familiarity with topic area e.g., treated one case)
Presenter(s) and Affiliation(s): Alec L. Miller, PsyD, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychology, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Co-Founder, Cognitive & Behavioral Consultants, LLP, White Plains & Manhattan, NY.
Abstract: DBT is the leading evidence-based treatment for suicidal adults diagnosed with BPD. Recently, treatment researchers have found empirical support for the adaptation and application of DBT to self-harming multi-problem adolescents and their families. In addition, DBT is being applied to elementary, middle and high school students in a variety of school settings. This presentation will highlight the recent empirical findings that support the application of DBT to self-harming adolescents and their families. In addition, the presenter will describe the rationale and various formats of school-based DBT. Special consideration is paid to the relevance of the biosocial theory within the school context. Lastly, the presentation will introduce some skills that have been expanded upon to address some of problems that arise when treating adolescents and their family members.
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About the presenter:
Dr. Alec Miller is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychology, Director of the Adolescent Depression and Suicide Program, and Associate Director of Psychology Training in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center. He is also Co-Founder of Cognitive and Behavioral Consultants, LLP, a private group practice based in White Plains and Manhattan, NY. Dr. Miller received his PsyD from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology/Yeshiva University, and his BA from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Miller is well known in the areas of adolescent suicidology, non-suicidal self-injury, borderline personality disorder, and DBT. Since 1995, he has headed a clinical-research team adapting DBT for outpatient suicidal multi-problem adolescents, as well as contributing to the adaptation of DBT for other populations and settings, including schools. He has received federal, state, and private funding for his research and has been an invited member of NIMH consensus meetings regarding adolescent suicide. He has authored or co-authored over 60 journal articles and book chapters and has co-authored four books including, Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Suicidal Adolescents (2007) as well as the forthcoming, Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training Manual for Adolescents and Families and Skills Training for Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescents (STEPS-A): Implementing
DBT Skills Training in Schools, to be published by Guilford Press. Upon invitation by the American Psychological Association, Dr. Miller developed a psychotherapy training video titled, DBT for Multi-Problem Adolescents (2007).
Dr. Miller has received numerous awards and honors and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), in both Division 12 (Clinical Psychology) and Division 53 (Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology). He has served on the Board of Directors of APA, Division 12, and is past president of the Clinical Emergencies and Crises section. He also served as the 2007 Division 12 Program Chair of the APA Convention. In 2002, he received the Service Award from the International Society for the Improvement and Training of DBT (ISITDBT), served as the ISITDBT Conference Chair in 2005 and 2006, and currently serves on its Executive Board. In 2008, he received the Lauretta Bender Honored Lecturer Award and in 2013 he received the Rhodes Spirit of Leadership Award. He is an invited member of the International Academy for Suicide Research, a scientific advisory council member of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, and a past consultant on the FDA’s Suicide Classification Project. He is past Associate Editor of the journal, Cognitive and Behavioral Practice and a reviewer for over a dozen professional journals.
Dr. Miller became a DBT trainer in 1997 and has conducted over 400 lectures and workshops throughout the United States and abroad. He was the lead trainer, supervisor, and co-investigator, of the first randomized trial of adolescent DBT recently conducted in Oslo, Norway. He is a consultant to numerous DBT research studies internationally as well as to over 10 school districts in New York that have begun implementing DBT in their schools. In addition, Dr. Miller is a School Board Trustee of the IDEAL School in New York City.
As a clinician, Dr. Miller is a practitioner of CBT and DBT and treats adults, adolescents, couples and families. His clinical expertise has been highlighted by various media outlets including the New York Times, CNN, ABC News, CBS TV, MSNBC, PBS TV, and the Associated Press.