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Validation, Commitment, Targeting and the First 4 Sessions (DBT - 4)

Presented By Michele Galietta, PhD
Michele Galietta, PhD

10 Hours | 10 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Validation, Commitment, Targeting, and The First Four Sessions is presented by Michele Galietta, Ph.D. This badge-earning program can be shared digitally on platforms like LinkedIn or your resume and counts towards a certificate. Enroll in this program to earn credit towards Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Certificate and share your new digital credentials with prospective employers and colleagues. It is the fourth of 7 programs in this certification.

Validation is a vital concept in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Validation means acknowledging the legitimacy of what an individual is saying or how they are behaving. Various validation levels help providers "validate the valid." This program teaches providers how to find the kernel of truth from another's perspective. In addition, this program demonstrates how to foster a validating environment to enhance change through role-playing.

Moreover, In DBT, there are three treatment target categories: life-threatening behavior, therapy-interfering behavior, and quality-of-life-interfering behavior. As a result, it can become difficult for a DBT provider to decide where to start in a session; therefore, participants learn how to manage session time according to DBT's hierarchy of targets.

Lastly, the first four sessions are structured to orient patients to DBT. Agreements are established, expectations are voiced, and commitment is garnered. As such, this program walks DBT providers through these crucial sessions and demonstrates obtaining or strengthening a client’s commitment through didactics and role-playing.

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 levels of Validation

Describe the use of Validation with one individual Client

Demonstrate commitment of a new client to DBT

Describe an effective treatment plan addressing suicidality

Describe commitment strategies and practice


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. Mindfulness Activity and Homework Review

2. Validation and Commitment Introduction

3. Validation

4. Validation - Exercise 1

5. Validation - Exercise 2

6. Commitment Strategies

7. Commitment Practice

8. Mindfulness Practice and Homework Review

9. Structure of DBT Therapy

10. Targeting Exercise 2

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