20 Hours | 20 CEs

This self-paced training program on Skills Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) 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 is 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 alternates with participant practice of DBT skills. This course includes a discussion of strategies for successful implementation and interactive discussion with participants about the potential application of DBT Skills to their settings/populations. Participants learn how to apply and teach the effective DBT skills of Core Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Distress Tolerance, and Emotion Regulation. Participants also learn how to apply and teach the effective DBT skills of Core Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Distress Tolerance, and Emotion Regulation.

For those that are interested in getting DBT Certified, there is a requirement to obtain a minimum of 40 didactic training hours specific to DBT. The DBT skills program is 20 hours and we offer another program called Forensic Applications of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) which is another 10 hours towards certification. To learn more about the DBT Certification process. Click here.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program 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 the importance of role plays in Skills Training Groups

  • Describe skills adaptations for specific groups (e.g., forensic patients, substance abuse, students)

  • 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.

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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

    APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC Click here for state and other regional board approvals.


  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2

    Overview of DBT

    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    Theoretical Background

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    DBT Research and Theory

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Overview

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Skills Group Details

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Group Issues to Consider

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Core Mindfulness Skills

    • Lesson 6 Video


    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8

    Distress Tolerance

    • Lesson 7 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 9

    Mindfulness Discussion & Review

    • Lesson 8 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 10

    Skills for Addiction

    • Lesson 9 Video


    • Lesson Quiz

  • 11

    Emotion Regulation

    • Lesson 10 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 12

    Opposite Action & Problem Solving

    • Lesson 11 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 13

    ABC Please Skills

    • Lesson 12 Video

    • Teaching DBT

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 14

    Interpersonal Effectiveness

    • Lesson 13 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 15

    Walking the Middle Path

    • Lesson 14 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 16

    Adolescent and Forensic Applications

    • Lesson 15 Video

    • Treatment Acceptability Study

  • 17


    • Instructions

    • Evaluations

    • Submission Verification

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