This on-demand professional training program on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Training is part of our Certification training and is presented by Michele Galietta, Ph.D.

DBT Skills are an essential component of comprehensive DBT. However, some evidence suggests that just skills and case management may be efficacious for less acute individuals. Therefore, the primary focus of this program will be the content and delivery of the four DBT skills with emphasis on appropriate adaptations (e.g., substance abuse, violence reduction, obsessive thinking). 

Didactic presentation, including relevant case examples, will alternate with observing several role-plays implementing DBT skills throughout the program. This program contains strategies for successfully implementing and applying DBT Skills to various settings/populations. Participants will learn how to use and teach the effective DBT skills Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Distress Tolerance, and Emotion Regulation. 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

  • Describe the rationale for skills training & the skills component of DBT

  • Describe how to set up and run skills training groups & 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

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

    Introduction - Part 1

    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    Introduction - Part 2

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4


    • Lesson 3 Video

  • 5

    Core Mindfulness Skills

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Distress Tolerance - Part 1

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Distress Tolerance - Part 2

    • Lesson 6 Video

  • 8

    Homework Review: Half Smile

    • Lesson 7 Video

  • 9

    Middle Path Skills

    • Lesson 8 Video

    • Middle Path Skills: Dialectics - What is it?

    • Middle Path Skills - What's Typical for Adolescents?

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 10

    Emotion Regulation

    • Lesson 9 Video

    • Emotion Regulation Handouts

    • Why Bother?

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 11

    Interpersonal Effectiveness

    • Lesson 10 Video

  • 12


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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