Strong and widely applicable empirical basis.

Employ DBT with a variety of difficult clients using a relatively intuitive structure and implementation approach.

During the course of this certification, you will learn how to leverage four key tools to help clients manage painful conflicts, including: 1) mindfulness, 2) distress tolerance, 3) emotional regulation, and 4) interpersonal effectiveness. Originally developed to help those with borderline personality disorders, DBT has been proven useful across a wide array of problems and disorders, from binge-eating to substance abuse to PTSD, and more.


This certification is available to licensed mental health professionals

  • Licensed MH professional (counselor, social worker, psychologist, marriage & family therapist)

  • 80 Hours of required coursework in DBT

  • 6 months of consultation calls with a certified DBT therapist to assess implementation and adherence to the treatment model (casebook review; case conceptualization; documentation of skills group & consultation group)

  • Maintenance of certification requires demonstration of competence through continuing education & clinical experience every 2 years

Coursework & Consultation

Michele Galietta, PhD

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.

Levels of Competence

  • Level 1: Foundational

    Introduction to DBT (10 hrs) + Forensic Applications of DBT (10 hrs)

  • Level II: Academic Competence

    Skills Training in DBT (20 hrs) + Assessing and Managing Suicidal Clients (10 hrs) + Validation, Commitment, Targeting, and the First 4 Sessions (10 hrs) + Behavior Principles in DBT (10 hrs) + Skills, Coaching, Crisis Calls, and putting it all together (10 hrs)

  • Level III: Clinical Competence

    Monthly consultation sessions x 6 months + Casebook review + Case Conceptualization + Documentation of Skills Group & Consultation Group