10 Hours | 10 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Forensic Applications of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is presented by Michele Galietta, Ph.D.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive cognitive-behavioral therapy designed for severe and multi-diagnostic patients. While it was initially developed for women with chronic suicidality and borderline personality disorder, it is increasingly used in various health settings for a breadth of "difficult-to-treat" patients. Since the 1990s, DBT has been subjected to numerous clinical trials and adapted for various populations, including adolescents and forensic inpatients and outpatients. Comprehensive DBT has been found to have practical utility for reducing violence and self-harm. In addition, it can reduce problem behaviors in individual clients and stabilize the milieu by employing eastern principles of acceptance and compassion paired with careful behaviorism. 

This program provides participants with a thorough introduction to standard DBT and the specific adaptations and strategies beneficial for adults and juveniles in forensic settings (e.g., jails/prisons, forensic hospitals, juvenile justice settings, probation). Moreover, it will discuss the research supporting comprehensive DBT in forensic settings.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

  • Describe standard comprehensive DBT

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

  • Describe research on forensic applications of DBT

  • Describe research 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 and 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 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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  • 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 of DBT for Professionals

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5


    • Lesson 4 Video

    • DBT for the Treatment of Stalking Offenders

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Antisocial and Psychopathic Personalities

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Adapting DBT for the Treatment of Psychopathy

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7


    • Lesson 6 Video

    • DBT from the Five-Factor Model Perspective

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8

    Stages of Treatment

    • Lesson 7 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 9

    Skills Groups and Consultation Teams

    • Lesson 8 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 10


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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