Treatment Development Clinic

The Treatment Development Clinic (TDC), which started in 1998, provides clinical services and trains therapists and clinical assessors for the purpose of conducting research on the clinical services and training provided. Participants receive dialectical behavior therapy and other evidence-based treatments from psychologists, postdoctoral fellows, and/or doctoral students under the supervision of licensed psychologists. As a research clinic, we are evaluating the specific features of psychotherapy that may contribute to the success of both the treatment of clients and the training of therapists and assessors.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adults and Adolescents

Open for screening.

We are conducting ongoing study of two comprehensive dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) programs: (a) a DBT program for adults and (b) a DBT program geared for adolescents and their caregivers. DBT is an evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral treatment used to treat people who experience severe, pervasive problems with emotion regulation that result in problematic behaviors such as multiple suicide attempts, nonsuicidal self-injury (e.g., cutting, burning), substance abuse, severe eating disorders, or a combination of these. Participants in both study programs will receive treatment consisting of the following components on a sliding fee payment scale.

  • DBT individual therapy
  • DBT skills training group targeting four sets of behavioral skills:
  • Mindfulness (attending to the present moment without judgment)
  • Interpersonal effectiveness (developing more effective social interactions)
  • Emotion regulation (better understanding and managing emotions)
  • Distress tolerance (increasing tolerance of distressing situations)
  • DBT phone coaching between sessions
  • DBT therapist consultation team

For more information about our adult study, see the DBT for Adults flyer . For more information about our adolescent study, see the DBT for Adolescents flyer. If you are interested in being screened for services in either study, please contact our Participant Coordinator at 206-543-9270 or

Friends and Family Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training Group

Open for screening.

We are conducting ongoing study of a dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills training group geared for friends, family members, and caregivers of people with chronic mental and physical health problems such as borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, and Alzheimer’s disease.

For more information, see the Friends and Family DBT Skills Group Flyer. If you are interested in being screened for services in this project, please contact us at 206-543-3765 or

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