10 Hours | 10 CEs

This self-paced training program on Forensic Applications of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is presented by Michele Galietta, PhD.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a comprehensive cognitive-behavioral treatment originally developed for women with chronic suicidality and borderline personality disorder. Since the 1990s, DBT has been subjected to numerous clinical trials and been adapted for a variety of populations including adolescents and forensic inpatients and outpatients. DBT has been found to have great practical utility for the reduction of violence and self-harm in forensic settings.

This program provides participants with a thorough introduction to standard DBT, as well as specific adaptations and strategies useful with a variety of adult and juvenile forensic settings (e.g., jails/prisons, forensic hospitals, juvenile justice settings, probation.) DBT can reduce problem behaviors in individual clients, and also functions to stabilize the milieu by employing eastern principles of acceptance and compassion paired with careful application of behaviorism. The course discusses comprehensive DBT in forensic settings, and the research supporting this intervention.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe standard, comprehensive DBT

  • Describe the adaptations to standard DBT (e.g., Day Treatment, Inpatient, Substance Abuse)

  • Describe the research to date on forensic applications of DBT

  • Describe the research to date on correctional applications of DBT

  • Describe basic structural elements of comprehensive DBT as applied to adults in forensic and correctional settings

  • Describe basic structural elements of comprehensive DBT as applied to juveniles in forensic and correctional settings

  • Describe obstacles, as well as drivers of successful implementation of DBT in forensic and correctional settings

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 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

    Forensic DBT Theory

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Development and Implementation

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Theoretical Background

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Overview

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5


    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Stalking Offenders

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Antisocial and Psychopathic Personalities

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Treatment of Psychopathy

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7


    • Lesson 6 Video


    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8

    Stages of Treatment

    • Lesson 7 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 9

    Skills Groups and Consultation Teams

    • Lesson 8 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 10

    Course Evaluation

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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