Skills Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Presented By Michele Galietta, PhD
Michele Galietta, PhD

20 hours | 20 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Skills Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is presented by Michele Galietta, PhD.

DBT Skills are an essential component of comprehensive DBT. However, some evidence suggests that just skills and case management may be efficacious for less acute individuals. Therefore, the primary focus of this program will be the content and delivery of the four DBT skills with emphasis on appropriate adaptations (e.g., substance abuse, violence reduction, and obsessive thinking).

Didactic presentation, including relevant case examples, will alternate with observing several role-plays implementing DBT skills throughout the program. This program contains strategies for successfully implementing and applying DBT Skills to various settings/populations. Participants will learn how to use and teach the effective DBT skills of Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Distress Tolerance, and Emotion Regulation.

For those that are interested in getting DBT Certified, there is a requirement to obtain a minimum of 40 didactic training hours specific to DBT. The DBT skills program is 20 hours, and we offer another program called Forensic Applications of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) which is another 10 hours towards certification.

To learn more about the DBT Certification process. Click here.

Intended Audience

This on-demand professional training program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals

Experience Level

This on-demand professional training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

CE / CPD Credit

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

Describe the rationale for skills training & the skills component of DBT

Demonstrate how to set up and run skills training groups & how to conduct homework review

Describe how to use behavioral strategies to enhance participation in skills groups

Describe Skills in the areas of Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Emotion Regulation

Describe strategies for successful implementation into specific settings/populations

Describe the elements of Skills Coaching

Describe the importance of behavioral rehearsal Skills Training Groups

Describe the importance of role plays in Skills Training Groups

Describe skills adaptations for specific groups (e.g., forensic patients, substance abuse, students)

Describe didactics with relevant case examples


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...


1. Overview of DBT

2. Theoretical Background

3. DBT Research and Theory

4. Skills Group Details

5. Group Issues to Consider

6. Core Mindfulness Skills

7. Distress Tolerance

8. Mindfulness Discussion and Review

9. Skills for Addiction

10. Emotion Regulation

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