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CBT Resources for Mental Health Observances in July



Our Monthly Mental Health Topic from the Clinical Directory and Referral Issues Committee in July is Personality Disorders.

The Association for Behavioral & Cognitive Therapies’ (ABCT) Clinical Directory and Referral Issues Committee has been compiling fact sheets as well as long and short videos relating to various treatment issues to aid with dissemination of CBT treatments. To that end, we’ve chosen to focus on the work of a specific treatment area each month and highlight some of the resources available on the ABCT website. In July, we have chosen to highlight resources related to the topic of Personality Issues.

For a list of treatment providers who work with Personality Issues, check out ABCT’s Find a Therapist Directory.


Featured Labs:

The Mood and Personality Studies (MAPS) Lab, located at the Ohio State University (OSU) Department of Psychology

The Borderline Personality Disorder, Emotion Science, and Treatment Lab (BESTLab), located in the Department of Psychology at Palo Alto University


Fact Sheets:

There is a higher risk of suicide associated with many personality disorders. Our suicide resources have also been included in this section.


Adolescent Suicide

Our Suicide Briefing Book in its entirety

Borderline Personality Disorder

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy


Panfletos en Espanol:

Trastorno Limite de la Personalidad

El Suicidio


Self Help Book Recommendation List

The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know about Living with BPD

Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder: A Family Guide for Healing and Change

Stronger Than BPD: A Girl’s Guide to Taking Control of Intense Emotions, Drama, and Chaos Using DBT


CE Credit Recorded Webinars:

Recorded CGR #3: DBT Clinical Grand Round: Exploring the Four Modes of Treatment Through a Live Demonstration (2023 CONVENTION RECORDING)

Recorded Mini Workshop #19- The Dance of DBT-A: A Live, Annotated Role-play of Multiple DBT Providers in an Adolescent Session (2023 CONVENTION RECORDING)


Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Personality and Personality Disorder SIG


We are always seeking new informational videos and fact sheets. If you would like to contribute a fact sheet or short informational video on a specific treatment area or disorder, please let us know. We are looking to expand these sections of the website and could use your help. We are currently looking for fact sheets or videos, which would pertain to the monthly mental health topics listed below. If you have expertise in these areas and would like to contribute a fact sheet or video, please email Dr. Laura E. Watkins.

January Addictions
February Racial/Ethnic Diversity
March Women’s Issues
April Children’s Mental Health
May Older Adults/Aging
June Veterans/PTSD
July Personality Issues
August Anxiety
September Psychosis
October Health Psychology
November Depression/Suicide
December Positive Psychology

July is also Disability Pride Month and BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month. Below is a collection of ABCT resources for disabled people and BIPOC individuals.

BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month

Featured Labs

The EMPOWER Lab “Engaging Minorities in Prevention, Outreach, Wellness, Education, & Research” directed by Isha W. Metzger, PhD at Georgia State University

The Race, Disparities, and Intervention Laboratory, located at the University of Southern California Department of Psychology

The Research Enhancing Access to Culturally Informed Mental Health Services (REACH) Laboratory, located in the Department of Psychological Science at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, co-directed by Juventino Hernandez Rodriguez, PhD and Bianca T Villalobos, PhD.

The Culture and Race/Ethnicity (CARE) in Youth Mental Health Lab, located in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Read the ABCT Task Force for Equity, Inclusion, and Access (EIA) report providing recommendations to the ABCT Board of Directors on the promotion of equity, access, and inclusion here

Read the BARE Mental Health and Wellness report here


Fact Sheets:

Race-Based Traumatic Stress

Treating Race-Based Traumatic Stress


Disability Pride Month

Fact Sheets:

Chronic Pain Fact Sheet

Lower Back Pain Fact Sheet

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Featured Article

CBT and the Gut-Brain Connection

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Post-COVID-19 Fatigue and Poor Concentration


Book Recommendations:

Controlling IBS the Drug-Free Way: a 10 Step Plan for Symptom Relief

The Chronic Pain and Illness Workbook for Teens

Related Information

What Is Cognitive Behavior Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a type of treatment that is based firmly on research findings.  It places emphasis on changing your cognitions (thoughts) or behaviors (actions) in order to effect change in how you feel. These approaches help people in achieving specific changes or goals.

Changes or goals might involve:

A way of acting: like smoking less or being more outgoing;
A way of feeling: like helping a person to be less scared, less depressed, or less anxious;
A way of thinking: like learning to problem-solve or get rid of self-defeating thoughts;
A way of dealing with physical or medical problems: like reducing back pain or helping a person stick to a doctor’s suggestions.

Cognitive behavioral therapists usually focus more on the current situation and its solution, rather than the past. They concentrate on a person’s views and beliefs about their life. CBT is an effective treatment for individuals, parents, children, couples, and families. The goal of CBT is to help people improve and gain more control over their lives by changing behaviors that don’t work well to ones that do.

How to Get Help

If you are looking for help, either for yourself or someone else, you may be tempted to call someone who advertises in a local publication or who comes up from a search of the Internet. You may, or may not, find a competent therapist in this manner. It is wise to check on the credentials of a psychotherapist. It is expected that competent therapists hold advanced academic degrees. They should be listed as members of professional organizations, such as the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies or the American Psychological Association. Of course, they should be licensed to practice in your state. You can find competent specialists who are affiliated with local universities or mental health facilities or who are listed on the websites of professional organizations. You may, of course, visit our website ( and click on “Find a CBT Therapist”

The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) is an interdisciplinary organization committed to the advancement of a scientific approach to the understanding and amelioration of problems of the human condition. These aims are achieved through the investigation and application of behavioral, cognitive, and other evidence-based principles to assessment, prevention, and treatment.