5 Hours | 5 CEs

This self-paced training program on Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Substance Abuse is presented by Michele Gailetta, PhD. 

The program provides a brief overview of standard DBT and introduces the adaptation of DBT for persons with substance use disorders. The program explains strategies and skills designed specifically for use with persons with substance use disorders.

The program outline includes:

Part 1: General Overview of DBT

Part 2: For whom is DBT-SUD appropriate?

Part 3: Comprehensive DBT-SUD

Part 4: DBT Skills for SUD (a la carte skills for use as part of DBT or integration with other treatments)

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the DBT concept of dialectical abstinence

  • Describe two ways in which DBT commitment strategies are enhanced for use with persons with substance use disorders

  • Describe DBT's position on replacement medications for those with substance dependence

  • Describe the DBT concepts of Clean Mind, Addict Mind, and Clear Mind

  • Describe a mindfulness practice for Urge-Surfing

  • Describe and explain at least 2 other DBT skills for Substance Use Disorders

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.
  • Intended Audience

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

  • Experience Level

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

  • CE / CPD Credit

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  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2


    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3


    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    DBT Skills

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Clear Mind

    • Lesson 4 Video

  • 6

    Burning Bridges and Building New Bridges

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Urge Surfing

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8

    Adaptive Denial

    • Lesson 7 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 9


    • Lesson 8 Video

  • 10


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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