This on-demand professional training program on an Introduction to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is part of our Certification training and 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 will discuss the dialectical nature of DBT, i.e., the balance between change-based technology (via behavior therapy) with acceptance-based principles (via validation) in depth. In addition, this program describes the theoretical and empirical foundations for DBT. It reviews empirical findings, limitations of the current research, and the extent to which research findings are generalizable. In addition, this program examines the structure of DBT, treatment targets, and DBT’s philosophical assumptions. Lastly, using case examples, this program demonstrates how DBT treats or ameliorates mental health problems rather than just managing them. 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

  • Describe an introduction to DBT

  • Describe salient features of the research behind DBT

  • Describe adaptations of DBT for specialized settings and populations

  • Describe the structure of DBT

  • Describe bio-social theory of DBT

  • Describe the therapist and client agreements in DBT

  • Describe the assumptions of clients and therapy in DBT

  • Describe the therapist and client agreements in DBT

  • Describe the modes of DBT and their Function

  • Describe the modes and functions for their DBT Program

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 to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Structure of DBT Skills Training Example

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    DBT Research

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    DBT Theory

    • Lesson 3 Video

  • 5

    DBT With Emotion Regulation Deficits

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    DBT Structure

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    DBT Inpatient Adaptation

    • Lesson 6 Quiz

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8

    DBT Stages of Treatment

    • Lesson 7 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 9

    DBT Skills Group

    • Lesson 8 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 10


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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