This self-paced training program on Validation, Commitment, Targeting, and The First Four Sessions is part of our Certification training and is presented by Michele Galietta, Ph.D.

Validation is a vital concept in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). To validate means acknowledging the legitimacy of what an individual is saying or how they are behaving. In DBT, there are various validation levels to help providers only "validate the valid." This program will teach providers how to find the kernel of truth from another's perspective. In addition, through role-playing, this program demonstrates how to foster a validating environment to enhance change.

Moreover, In DBT, there are three treatment target categories: life-threatening behavior, therapy-interfering behavior, and quality-of-life-interfering behavior. It can become difficult for a DBT provider to decide where to start; therefore, this program will review how to manage session time according to DBT's hierarchy of targets. Lastly, the first four sessions are structured to orient patients to DBT. Agreements are established, expectations are voiced, commitment is garnered. This program will walk DBT providers through these crucial sessions and demonstrate obtaining or strengthening individuals' commitment through didactics and role-playing.

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

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

Course Preview


  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2

    Mindfulness Activity and Homework Review

    • Lesson 1 Video

  • 3

    Validation and Commitment Introduction

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • DBT Case Formulation Steps - Adolescent

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4


    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Validation - Exercise 1

    • Lesson 4 Video

  • 6

    Validation - Exercise 2

    • Lesson 5 Video

  • 7

    Commitment Strategies

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8

    Commitment Practice

    • Lesson 7 Video

  • 9

    Mindfulness Practice and Homework Review

    • Lesson 8 Video

  • 10

    Structure of DBT Therapy

    • Lesson 9 Video

    • Targeting Exercise

    • Targeting Exercise Key

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 11

    Targeting Exercise 2

    • Lesson 10 Video

  • 12

    Targeting Using a Diary Card

    • Lesson 11 Video

    • Adolescent Diary Card

    • ITM Skills Diary Card

    • Instructions for Diary Card

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 13

    Diary Card Exercise

    • Lesson 12 Video

  • 14

    Case Formulation

    • Lesson 13 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 15

    The First Four Sessions

    • Lesson 14 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 16

    Orienting to the Treatment

    • Lesson 15 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 17

    Agenda Setting Exercise

    • Lesson 16 Video

  • 18


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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