Comprehensive Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) (20-week Fall Training) Oct 7, 2019 – Feb 17, 2020

$2,000.00 $1,500.00

50 Hours | 50 CEs | CEU | CPD

(40 hours online training + 10 hours of consultation)

Program Description

This Comprehensive Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) course was designed specifically for mental health professionals who wish to learn how to integrate DBT in their practice and who are considering seeking certification in DBT.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive cognitive-behavioral treatment that is increasingly being used in a variety of health settings.  DBT was 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 includes an introduction to DBT and its theory, rationale, and evidence base. In addition, there is a strong emphasis on DBT Skills, with an opportunity for participants to learn DBT skills and apply these in a group setting during the group consultation sessions. DBT Skills are an essential component of comprehensive DBT and this course provides both didactic and interactive training in this regard. 

Throughout the course, didactic presentation with relevant case examples will alternate with participants’ practice of DBT skills. This course will contain a discussion of strategies for successful implementation and interactive discussion with participants about the 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.

This program includes five hours on the assessment and management of risk for suicide and self-injurious behavior.

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.

Please see Course Outline tab for full details of training content and dates of consultation sessions. 

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. This program meets the requirements for 40-hours of didactic training.

The fee for this training program is $2000 (Early registration rate $1500 until September 7, 2019).

Participants are expected to commit approximately 2 hours a week for 20 weeks (40 hours of didactic training) and an additional 10 hours of group consultation for a total of 50 CE hours to complete this training program. Consultation sessions will be held on Mondays at 12 pm EST (3 pm CT, 2 pm MT, 1 pm PST). Sessions are recorded for those unable to attend live.

Intended Audience

This course is relevant for psychologists, 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 salient features of DBT
– Describe the research behind DBT
– Describe adaptations of DBT for specialized settings and populations
– Describe the structure of DBT
– Describe the bio-social theory of DBT
– Describe the assumptions of clients in DBT
– Describe the therapist and client agreements in DBT
– Describe the modes of DBT and their function
– Describe the levels of validation
– 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
– Describe the 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 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 obtaining the required hours of didactic training in DBT to become certified in this therapeutic technique and is designed for mental health professionals who want to learn how to use DBT with their clients.

This course runs for 20 weeks, beginning October 7, 2019 and running through February 17, 2020.

Each week, participants will receive approximately 2 hours of training content to complete. Consultation sessions will be on Mondays at 4pm EST (3 pm CST, 2pm MNT, 1pm PST). Sessions are recorded for those unable to attend live. These sessions provide an opportunity to ask questions, engage in discussion about the training content, and to practice DBT skills in a group format.
Week 1 – October 7 | Introduction to DBT

Week 2 – October 14 | Theoretical Underpinnings of Treatment

Week 3 – October 21 | Structure of DBT

Week 4 – October 28 | Assessment & Management of Risk

Consultation Session #1: October 28 @ 12pm (Q&A, Introduction to DBT)

Week 5 – November 4 | Assessment of Risk (continued)

Week 6 – November 11 | Structuring Skills Groups

Consultation Session #2: November 11 @ 12pm Eastern (Suicide Assessment and Management)

Week 7 – November 18 | Mindfulness Skills

Week 8 – November 25 | Distress Tolerance Skills

Consultation Session #3: November 25 @ 12pm Eastern (DBT Skills)

Week 9 – December 2 | Emotion Regulation Skills

Consultation Session #4: December 2 @ 12pm Eastern (DBT Skills)

Week 10 – December 9 | Interpersonal Effectiveness & Waling the Middle Path Skills

Week 11 – December 16 | Validation

Consultation Session #5: December 16 @ 12pm (DBT Skills)

Week 12 – December 23 | Commitment

Week 13 – December 30 | Diary Card & targeting

Week 14 – January 6 | First 4 Sessions

Consultation Session #6: January 6 @ 12pm (DBT Skills)

Week 15 – January 13 | Formulation

Consultation Session #7: January 13 @ 12pm (Commitment)

Week 16 – January 20 | Coaching & Crisis Calls

Week 17 – January 27 | In Session Strategies: Dialectics

Week 18 – February 3 | In Session Strategies: Problem Solving (Behaviorism)

Consultation Session #8: February 3 at 12pm (Formulation)

Week 19 – February 10 | In Session Strategies: Stylistic Strategies & Case Management Strategies

Consultation Session #9: February 10 @ 12pm (Coaching)

Week 20 – February 17 | Pulling it All Together & Striving for Adherence

Consultation Session #10: February 17 @ 12pm (Wrap Up)

Here’s what others who have taken online DBT training with Dr. Galietta have to say:

“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 with 10 hours of live instructor interaction. To earn CE’s, you will have to complete the course quizzes and evaluations. No partial credit is available. For this course, you will need to pass the quizzes with 70% correct and complete a course evaluation form to earn the certificate. You can take the quizzes as many times as necessary to pass. Participants will earn 50 CE hours for completion of these requirements.

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Consolidated Continuing Education & Professional Training (CONCEPT)
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DBT Certification is available through the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification (DBT-LBC), a non-profit organization whose purpose is to develop certification standards for clinicians and DBT programs in order to promote the availability of competently delivered, effective DBT. It is also the one and only, treatment-developer-approved DBT Certification program in the US.

Here are the steps to become obtain your DBT Certification.

1. DBT-Related Educational/Training Experiences

DBT-LBC requires 40 didactic training hours specific to DBT. You can take your 40 hours of courses online with CONCEPT. This course will satisfy the 40-r requirement.

2. Clinical Experience in DBT

The DBT-Linehan Board of Certification requires work sample review. You can contact us to arrange expert DBT consultation services in this area.

3. DBT Team Experiences

The DBT-Linehan Board of Certification requires a total of 12 months of participation in one or more DBT Consultation Teams and current participation on a DBT Team. You can contact us to assist you with creating and developing a team.

4. DBT Skills Knowledge/Experience

The DBT-Linehan Board of Certification requires requires three items in the domain of DBT skills knowledge/expertise.

Read Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder by Marsha Linehan, PhD, ABPP (1993)
Complete all the homework assignments in the skills training manual
Teach or participate as a student in all modules of skills training OR teach all DBT skills within individual therapy and coach clients in the application of the skills.

5. Exam

The DBT-Linehan Board of Certification requires completion of a written exam.

6. Work Product Demonstration

The DBT-Linehan Board of Certification requires case conceptualization and three videos demonstrating your work. Expert consultation is also available for your DBT program or clinic.

7. Mindfulness Experience

The DBT-Linehan Board of Certification requires a mindfulness retreat and/or at least one formal training in mindfulness.

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This course has been designed to prepare participants to pursue certification in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, if desired.

The following are required texts:

Linehan, M. M. (1993a). Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. New York: Guilford Press.

Linehan, M. M. (2014a). DBT Skills Training Manual (2nd ed.) New York, NY: Guilford Press

Linehan, M. M. (2014b). DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Guilford Press,

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