August 17th 2015
Dialectical Behavior Therapy is at it's core a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that emphasizes behavior therapy techniques. The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT, formerly the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy) has been a leading advocate for evidence-based treatments like DBT. ABCT is also strong proponent of advancing CBT as a high priority, first line treatment for psychopathology that is at least equal to pharmacotherapies based on strong research evidence indicating that to be the case. Advancing CBT means advancing CBT research, which requires adequate funding. NIMH's recent funding priorities unfortunately de-emphasized psychosocial interventions in place of an almost exclusive focus on biomedical treatments for psychiatric disorders.
At the following link, you will find a recent article I wrote for the ABCT website on the need for federal funding to equitably support not only psychotherapy research, but research on CBT specifically: www.abct.org/members/