This self-paced training program on Behavioral Principles in DBT is part of our Certification training and is presented by Michele Galietta, Ph.D.

This program covers the principles of balancing change and acceptance strategies in DBT and discusses applying these strategies and principles with patients. The importance of artfully and compassionately weaving together validation and change when working with individuals with pervasive emotion dysregulation is discussed. As the “B” in DBT stands for “behavioral,” this program teaches foundational behavioral techniques. In addition, participants learn how to assess situations and target behaviors to figure out how to help patients solve their problems adaptively and reach their life goals. Therapeutic strategies (e.g., reinforcement, extinction, shaping) are reviewed, and examples are provided related to mental health and beyond. Lastly, adaptions to standard DBT established to facilitate a therapeutic milieu are discussed. Clinical examples and role-play demonstrations are utilized to facilitate learning.  

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 Practice and Homework Review

    • Lesson 1 Video

  • 3


    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Didactic Strategies

    • Lesson 3 Video

  • 5

    Understanding Behavior: Definitions

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Reinforcement and Punishment

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Shaping and Extinction

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8

    Getting Rid of a Behavior You Don't Like

    • Lesson 7 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 9

    Mindfulness and Chain Practice

    • Lesson 8 Video

  • 10

    Homework Review

    • Lesson 9 Video

  • 11

    Cognitive Strategies: Restructuring

    • Lesson 10 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 12


    • Lesson 11 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 13

    Communication Strategies and Protocol for Treatment Interfering Behavior

    • Lesson 12 Video

  • 14

    DBT in the Milieu

    • Lesson 13 Video

  • 15

    Egregious Behavior Protocol

    • Lesson 14 Video

  • 16


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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