Skills Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Skills Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)



20 Hours | 20 CEs | CEU | CPD


Program Description

This self-paced Skills Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is presented by Dr. Michele Galietta. 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 is 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 alternates with participant practice of DBT skills. This course includes 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.

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 $500 and includes all materials and worksheets. In addition, case studies and other case-relevant materials are provided for training purposes. Participants are expected to commit approximately 20 CE hours to completing this training program. Quiz questions are presented throughout the training program; a grade of 70% is required to advance in the training program.  Once the program is completed, participants are able to download or print the certificate of completion upon submission of the course evaluation.

Intended Audience

This course is relevant for psychologists, psychiatrists, case managers, social workers, nurses, marriage & family therapists, alcohol & drug abuse counselors 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.

Customized Consultation

Looking for Customized Consultation or to discuss Implementing DBT in a System or Organization? We regularly work with agencies and large organizations (public and private) to develop training programs that complement their unique needs. Please call us at 888.709.4448 or email at

Upon completion of this training program the trainee will be able to:

– Describe the rationale for skills training
– Describe the skills component of DBT
– Demonstrate how to set up and run skills training groups
– Demonstrate 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

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 Home Study Program is an online Training Program. To earn CE’s, you will have to complete the course quiz and evaluation for this Distance Learning Home Study Program. No partial credit is available. For this course, you will need to pass the webinar 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 20 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.

Board Approvals: APA, CPA, NBCC, ASWB, and approved by The British Psychological Society (CPD’s). Click here for state and other regional board approvals.

The following courses have been approved by the British Psychological society for CPD credit:

1. Foundations of Violence, Risk Assessment and Management
2. Minimizing Bias in Forensic Decision Making
3. Evaluation of Risk for Violence using the HCR-20 Version 3
4. DBT Skills Training
5. Assessing Psychopathy using the Hare Scales (PLCL-R and PCL:SV)

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Consolidated Continuing Education & Professional Training (CONCEPT)
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This training program is part of our Certification in DBT. Click here for more information on our DBT Certification.

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