20 Hours | 20 CEs

This self-paced program on DBT Skills for Adolescents is presented by Michele Galietta, PhD.  

The DBT Skills Training program is an excellent means of training new team members and milieu/line staff, and strengthening existing team members’ skills. This self-paced online training program focuses on Skills Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive cognitive behavioral treatment that is increasingly being used in a variety of health settings. Comprehensive DBT has been found to have great practical utility for the reduction of violence and self-harm. DBT Skills are an essential component of comprehensive DBT and some evidence suggests that skills alone, with case management may efficacious for less acute individuals as well. The primary focus of this course will be the content and delivery of the skills component of DBT with emphasis on relevant adaptations for forensic clients (e.g., substance abuse, skills for reducing violence & obsessional thinking).

Throughout the course, didactic presentation with relevant case examples will alternate with participant practice of DBT skills. This course will contain discussion of strategies for successful implementation and interactive discussion with participants about potential application of DBT Skills to their settings/populations. Participants will learn how to apply and teach the effective DBT skills of Core Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Distress Tolerance, and Emotion Regulation. Participants will also learn how to apply and teach the effective DBT skills of Core Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Distress Tolerance, and Emotion Regulation.

The following texts are required for this training program:

  • Linehan, M. M. (2014). DBT Skills Training Manual (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Guilford.
  • Linehan, M. M. (2014). DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Guilford.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

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

  • Demonstrate 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 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.
  • 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

    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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