Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Implementation

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Implementation


60 Hours | 60 CEs | CEUs | CPD

Program Description

This self-paced training program on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Implementation is presented by Dr. Michele Galietta.

This implementation training is designed specifically for individual therapists or skills trainers who are members of an intensively trained DBT team, but have not completed Intensive training themselves. It is meant to assist teams that have hired new staff or experienced turnover by allowing newer team members to get trained in the standard content of DBT.

This program includes training in Skills DBT. The DBT Skills Training program is an excellent means of training new team members and milieu/line staff, and strengthening existing team members’ skills. This self-paced online training program focuses on Skills Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). 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 efficacious for less acute individuals as well. The primary focus of this course will be the content and delivery of the skills component of DBT with emphasis on relevant adaptations for forensic clients (e.g., substance abuse, skills for reducing violence & obsessional thinking).

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

This program includes Forensic Applications of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) training. Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a comprehensive cognitive behavioral treatment originally developed for women with chronic suicidality and borderline personality disorder. Since the 1990s, DBT has been subjected to numerous clinical trials, and been adapted for a variety of populations including adolescents and forensic inpatients and outpatients. DBT has been found to have great practical utility for the reduction of violence and self-harm in forensic settings.

This program will provide 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, 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 course will discuss comprehensive DBT in forensic settings, and the research supporting this intervention.

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.

The fee for this training program is $1500 and includes all materials and worksheets.

Intended Audience

This course is relevant for psychologists, psychiatrists, case managers, social workers, nurses, marriage & family therapists, alcohol & drug abuse counsellors and other mental health professionals who work with individuals for whom comprehensive cognitive behavioral treatments are relevant.  This course is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe an introduction to DBT
  • Describe salient features of the research behind DBT
  • Describe adaptations of DBT for specialized settings and populations
  • Describe the structure of DBT
  • Describe bio-social theory of DBT
  • Describe the assumptions of clients and therapy in DBT
  • Describe the therapist and client agreements in DBT
  • Describe the modes of DBT and their Function
  • Describe the modes and functions for their DBT Program
  • Describe the levels of Validation
  • Describe use of Validation with one individual Client
  • Describe a behavioral analysis of problem Behavior
  • Describe the cognitive-behavioral strategies in DBT
  • Demonstrate behavioral principles and apply them towards behavior change for one Client
  • Describe the problem-solving strategies
  • Describe conducting DBT treatment with an individual client
  • Demonstrate a DBT case conceptualization: identifying goals, stages, and targets of treatment
  • Demonstrate suicide risk assessment literature
  • Demonstrate a suicide risk assessment on a client
  • Describe an effective treatment plan addressing suicidality
  • Demonstrate commitment of a new client to DBT
  • Demonstrate an effective DBT skills training group
  • Demonstrate the various groups of skills
  • Describe consultation team
  • Instruct clients in the use of DBT skills when in crisis
  • Describe informal exposure with an individual client
  • Demonstrate the communication strategies in DBT
  • Describe the case management strategies and how they are used in DBT
  • Demonstrate the principles and practices of mindfulness in the treatment, for clients, therapists, and teams
  • Demonstrate mindfulness practice
  • Describe factors relevant to successful DBT implementation
  • Describe factors relevant to sustaining DBT programs
  • About Dr. Michele Galietta


    Dr. Michele Galietta is Associate Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 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, adaptation and dissemination of empirically-supported treatments to community and forensic/correctional settings. Her areas of clinical expertise include the assessment and treatment of trauma, self-harm, and suicide across the lifespan. Dr. Galietta has created specialized units and/or consulted to numerous civil, forensic, and correctional settings on risk assessment, risk management, behavioral interventions, and complex needs case formulation.

    Dr. Galietta is regarded as a leading expert in the implementation of dialectical behavior therapy. Dr. Galietta is a certified DBT clinician. For over a decade, Dr. Galietta served as a principal trainer for Behavioral Tech, LLC, the company founded by the developer of DBT, Dr. Marsha Linehan. Dr. Galietta has consulted to over 100 agencies in the US and abroad on DBT initiatives. She has worked extensively in public sector settings including state psychiatric hospitals and jails, prisons, and juvenile justice settings. She was principal investigator of an NIMH funded trial of DBT for individuals charged with interpersonal violence or stalking and authored the article, “Adapting DBT for the Treatment of Psychopathy.” She has conducted trainings for New York City Police Officers on mindfulness, communicating with mentally ill individuals, and hostage negotiations. Dr. Galietta has appeared on CNN and Court TV, and has been cited in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time Magazine, and other media outlets.

    This course is an excellent means of training new team members and milieu/line staff, and strengthening existing team members’ skills. This course is also designed for all mental health professionals who want to learn to teach DBT skills to their clients or to improve their teaching with clients.

    Background Knowledge

    Participants will be taken through an overview of DBT, the theoretical background, the research base and notable issues to consider.

    Developing and Understanding

    Participants will review and discuss the key components to DBT

  • Core Mindfulness Skills
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills
  • Emotion Regulation Skills
  • Distress Tolerance Skills

    Other Applications

    Participants will learn about Adolescent and Forensic Applications of DBT

    “Dr. Galietta is a knowledgeable and skilled instructor with so much experience that she can easily talk about may issues beyond just DBT Skills. Thank you for an excellent course. I look forward to completing the full DBT implementation course with you”

    “I loved being able to take this course online and go back to concepts that I wanted to spend more time on. This is an excellent course!”

    “I have been looking for an online DBT course and am SO HAPPY to have found this one. Dr. Galietta is terrific! Thank you for an excellent course! I will definitely be taking another with you!”

    Continuing Education Credit

    This Distance Learning Course is a Home Study Training Program. To earn CEs you are required to complete all course materials, quizzes, and the evaluation. No partial credit is available. A score of 70% is required to proceed; you will be able to re-take any quiz on which you score less than 70%. Participants will earn 60 CE hours upon completion of these requirements. Each participant will be able to download and print the CE certificate upon completion of the final evaluation.

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

    Your satisfaction with our programs, products and services is important to us; however, because these are immediately made available to you upon registration and payment, we do not issue refunds. Should you find that a particular program, product or service is not the right fit for you, we will assist you in crediting your registration towards another one of our offerings that might better suit you.

    We specialize in training groups — from a handful to hundreds — and are happy to contact you to discuss your group training needs.

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