This on-demand professional training program on Assessment and Management of Suicidal Clients is part of our Certification training and is presented by Michele Galietta, Ph.D.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was initially developed for patients with multiple problems, whose therapeutic progress was often hindered by their complex clinical presentations and indefinite challenges, including chronic suicidality. DBT is one of only a few evidence-based treatments effective in reducing suicidal ideation and behaviors. In DBT, self-harm is viewed as an individual’s attempt to cope with or solve a problem, typically intense emotional pain that they feel they cannot change or tolerate. To reduce suicide risk, DBT providers must help individuals identify and implement adaptive solutions (i.e., DBT skills) to the problem. Mental health professionals cannot effectively intervene to reduce suicide risk unless it is known that suicide risk is present. Therefore, this program will teach participants to conduct suicide risk assessments using an evidence-based approach. In addition, participants will learn how to assess direct indicators of suicide risk, indirect indicators of suicide risk, and protective factors. Lastly, this program will teach DBT providers how to monitor suicidal thoughts and urges so that they can intervene when the risk for self-harm is high and examine variables that lead to increased or decreased suicidal thoughts/behaviors over time.  

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will 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 therapist and client agreements in 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

Presented By

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.

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  • Intended Audience

    This self-paced program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This self-paced program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

  • CE / CPD Credit

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Course Preview


  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2

    Mindfulness Activity and Homework Review

    • Lesson 1 Video

  • 3

    Risk Assessment

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Risk Factors

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Behavioral Chain Analysis

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    BCA Practice - Part 1

    • Lesson 5 Video

  • 7

    BCA Practice - Part 2

    • Lesson 6 Video

  • 8


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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