Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) & Suicide


The Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Suicide SIG is a like-minded group of academic and health care professionals with expertise and/or interest in the application of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT) as applied for treatment of individuals with complex/comorbid high risk eating disorders. These treatments are designed for difficult to treat presentations including those exhibiting chronic and acute suicidality and therapy interfering behaviours that can be a barrier to treatment.


  • Raquel Friedman
  • Charlotte Thomas

Our Goals

  • Educate clinicians, researchers, & the public on the relationship between suicidality, emotional under vs overcontrol, and eating disorders
  • Promote utilization of DBT and RO-DBT across eating disorder diagnoses
  • Reduce stigma within mental health care around personality disorders, eating disorder behaviors and suicidal thoughts, feelings or behaviors
  • Continue identifying new findings related to treating comorbid eating disorders and suicidality
  • Promote resource sharing among international professionals related to DBT and RO-DBT
  • Discuss evidence based treatment developments to further improve the treatment for eating disorder behaviors

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