2023 Cohort | Comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Certification

September 11, 2023 - February 5, 2024  |  March 2024 - August 2024 (Consultation Sessions)

Presented By Michele Galietta, PhD
Michele Galietta, PhD

September 11, 2023 - February 5, 2024
March 2024 - August 2024 (Consultation Sessions)

80 hours | 80 CEs

Join Michele Galietta, Ph.D., as she presents a certification program on Comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). This program contains two parts: the first part is a 20-week didactic that begins on September 11, 2023, and runs through February 5, 2024. The second part is a 6-month (March-August, 2024) consultation component with monthly sessions to review DBT work with clients and ensure adherence to the DBT model. Upon successful completion of both parts, participants will be awarded a certification in DBT. To ensure individualized attention and focus, we have limited the enrollment size for this certification program.

Part 1: Each week, participants will receive approximately 2 hours of training content to complete asynchronously. There will be 10 live Consultation sessions during the first 20 weeks to provide participants an opportunity to ask questions, engage in discussion about the training content, and practice DBT skills in a group format.

Part 2: Each month for 6 months, participants will meet in small groups with Dr. Galietta to review diary cards, session notes, treatment summaries, and case conceptualizations for current clients.

Participation requirements:

  • Must be a licensed mental health clinician
  • Must be engaged in providing DBT to clients
  • This comprehensive DBT training and certification is designed specifically for individual therapists or skills trainers who are currently engaged in providing DBT to clients.

    The cohort format of this training provides the opportunity to be part of a DBT team, allowing the licensed clinician to complete all required aspects to become certified in DBT.

    This program provides participants with a thorough introduction to standard DBT, as well as specific adaptations and strategies useful with a variety of adult and juvenile forensic settings (e.g., jails/prisons, forensic hospitals, juvenile justice settings, and probation.) DBT can reduce problem behaviors in individual clients and also functions to stabilize the milieu by employing Eastern principles of acceptance and compassion paired with careful application of behaviorism. The program discusses comprehensive DBT in forensic settings and the research supporting this intervention.

    Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive cognitive behavioral treatment that is increasingly being used in a variety of health settings. Comprehensive DBT has been found to have great practical utility for the reduction of violence and self-harm. DBT Skills are an essential component of comprehensive DBT, and some evidence suggests that skills alone, with case management, may be efficacious for less acute individuals as well. The primary focus of this program is the content and delivery of the skills component of DBT with an emphasis on relevant adaptations for forensic clients (e.g., substance abuse, skills for reducing violence & obsessional thinking).

    Throughout the program, didactic presentations with relevant case examples alternate with participant practice of DBT skills. This program contains a discussion of strategies for successful implementation and interactive discussion with participants about the potential application of DBT Skills to their settings/populations. Participants learn how to apply and teach the effective DBT skills of Core Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Distress Tolerance, and Emotion Regulation. Participants also learn how to apply and teach the effective DBT skills of Core Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Distress Tolerance, and Emotion Regulation.

    The following texts are required for this training program:

    Weekly Training Outline

    Week 1 – September 11, 2023 | Introduction to DBT
    Week 2 – September 18, 2023 | Theoretical Underpinnings of Treatment
    Week 3 – September 25, 2023 | Structure of DBT
    Week 4 – October 2, 2023 | Assessment & Management of Risk - Part 1
    Consultation Session #1: October 4 | Q&A + Introduction to DBT
    Week 5 – October 9, 2023 | Assessment & Management of Risk - Part 2
    Week 6 – October 16, 2023 | Structuring Skills Groups
    Consultation Session #2: October 20 | Call Assessment & Management of Risk
    Week 7 – October 23, 2023 | Mindfulness Skills
    Week 8 – October 30, 2023 | Distress Tolerance Skills
    Consultation Session #3: November 3 | Skills Roll Play
    Week 9 – November 6, 2023 | Emotion Regulation Skills
    Consultation Session #4: November 10 | Skills Roll Play
    Week 10 – November 13, 2023 | Interpersonal Effectiveness & Walking the Middle Path Skills
    Week 11 – November 20, 2023 | Validation
    Week 12 – November 27, 2023 | Formulation
    Consultation Session #5: December 1 | Validation
    Week 13 – December 4, 2023 | First 4 Sessions
    Week 14 – December 11, 2023 | Commitment
    Consultation Session #6: December 15 | Commitment
    Week 15 – December 18, 2023 | Diary Card & Targeting
    Consultation Session #7: December 22 | Agenda
    Week 16 – January 2, 2024 | In Session Strategies: Dialectics
    Week 17 – January 8, 2024 | In Session Strategies: Problem-Solving (Behaviorism)
    Week 18 – January 15, 2024 | Coaching & Crisis Calls
    Consultation Session #8: January 12 | Coaching
    Week 19 – January 22, 2024 | In Session Strategies: Stylistic Strategies & Case Management Strategies
    Consultation Session #9: January 26 | Treatment Interfering Behaviors
    Week 20 – January 29, 2024 | Pulling it All Together & Striving for Adherence
    Consultation Session #10: February 9 | Wrap up

    Intended Audience

    This live program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

    Experience Level

    This live program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

    CE / CPD Credit

    APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC: Click here for state and other regional board approvals.

    Presented By

    Michele Galietta, PhD

    Dr. Michele Galietta is an Associate Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the City University of New York, where she served as Director of the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program from 2005-2013. Dr. Galietta is a researcher and clinician specializing in the training, a...

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

    Describe the structure, research, salient features, bio-social theory of DBT, and the modes of DBT and their function

    Describe the assumptions of clients and therapist and client agreements in DBT

    Demonstrate a DBT case conceptualization: identifying goals, stages, and targets of treatment

    Describe the levels of validation, behavioral analysis of problem behavior, and the cognitive-behavioral strategies in DBT

    Demonstrate behavioral principles, conducting DBT treatment, and applying them toward behavior change for one client

    Describe the suicide risk assessment literature and then demonstrate a suicide risk assessment on a client

    Demonstrate a DBT case conceptualization: identifying goals, stages, and targets of treatment

    Describe the communication strategies, case management strategies and how they are used in DBT

    Demonstrate the principles and practices of mindfulness in the treatment of clients, therapists, and teams

    Describe factors relevant to successful DBT implementation & sustaining DBT programs


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