Forensic Applications of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Forensic Applications of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)


10 Hours | 10 CEs (CEU)


Program Description

This self-paced program on the Forensic Applications of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is presented by Dr. Michele Galietta. 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 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, 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 discusses comprehensive DBT in forensic settings, and the research supporting this intervention.
The fee for this training program is $250 and includes all materials and readings. Participants should expect to commit approximately 10 CE hours to complete this training program. The program includes both didactic and interactive materials and allows the opportunity to consider the information in light of case examples. Throughout the training program, there are quizzes that must be passed with a 70% in order to advance in the course. Once the course is completed participants will complete a course evaluation and then will be able to print their certificate of completion.

Intended Audience

This self-paced program is relevant for psychologists, social workers, counselors, therapists, case managers, and other mental health professionals who work in forensic or correctional settings. This professional training program is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

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

– Describe standard, comprehensive DBT
– Describe the adaptations to standard DBT (e.g., Day Treatment, Inpatient, Substance Abuse)
– Describe the research to date on forensic applications of DBT
– Describe the research to date on correctional applications of DBT
– Describe basic structural elements of comprehensive DBT as applied to adults in forensic and correctional settings
– Describe basic structural elements of comprehensive DBT as applied to juveniles in forensic and correctional settings
– Describe obstacles, as well as drivers of successful implementation of DBT in forensic and correctional settings

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 excellent for mental health professionals that work in forensic or correctional settings.

Participants will have an introduction to standard DBT, along with a specific adaptions and strategies useful in adult and juvenile forensic settings

Participants will learn the functions to stabilize the milieu by employing eastern principles of acceptance and compassion paired with careful application of behaviorism

Participants will learn about comprehensive DBT in forensic settings, and the research supporting this intervention

“This was a fantastic training program! Dr. Galietta is simply excellent and the case examples were very helpful. Thank you!”

“This was an informative, thorough training program that provided a nice way to
conceptualize DBT and that described in detail how applicable it is in various forensic settings. I will recommend this to my colleagues.”

“Dr. Galietta is an excellent instructor and provides detailed training on forensic applications of DBT. Her examples are incredibly helpful and useful for anyone in the forensic mental health field.”

Continuing Education Credit

This Distance Learning Recorded Program is an online Training Program. To earn CE’s, you will have to complete the course quiz and evaluation for this Distance Learning Recorded Program. No partial credit is available. For this program, you will need to pass the course quiz with 70% correct and complete a course evaluation form to earn the certificate. You can take the test as many times as necessary to pass. Participants will earn 10 CE hours for completion once they have completed these requirements. Each participant will be able to print their CE certificate immediately after completing and passing the post-test and evaluation.

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