DBT for Teens: 2 SSWN Research Briefs
School social workers are busy people.
Finding good research takes time.
We want to help.
Starting this month, we will post Research Briefs (RBs) regularly. These RBs were completed by school social workers like you, taking research they’ve found and applying it to their school contexts. These RBs will describe research articles and what the particular study could contribute to your school social work practice, starting as soon as tomorrow. They will cover the kinds of things you see every day in your practice and (hopefully) be written in a way that you can use the information immediately.
The two RBs in this article cover Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for Adolescents (DBT-A) and present details about a randomized controlled trial (RCT) (summarized by Ms. Alexis Macias) and meta-analysis of 12 studies (summarized by Ms. Tessa Kamp). Both RBs show that DBT-A can be effective treatment for adolescents, though there are concerns about how best to apply it in a school setting vs. a community setting, particularly without SSW having been trained in the DBT-A approach.