DBT Informed Music Therapy Training Program

DBT = Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Begins April 18, 2022

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Limited to 10 participants

I am about to share with you a Music Therapy Approach utilizing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) that is completely revolutionizing client outcomes and gaining the respect of treatment teams worldwide!

Learn this system to support your clients in gaining skills to:  

  • Get through Difficult Times
  • Regulate Emotions 
  • Control Impulsive Behaviors
  •  Communicate Effectively

If you ever...

  •  feel unsure about where to go next in your treatment and intervention planning to best support clients with impulsive behaviors and dysregulated emotions…
  •  judge yourself or fear you lack knowledge and skill…
  •  find that you are not recognized by your treatment team as the true professional you are (seen as merely fun entertainment)… 
  •  need skills to cope through difficult situations in your own life … 
  • work in a DBT program but don’t quite know how to fit in as a music therapist...
  • want to learn more about the DBT skills and how to teach them through music therapy …
  • don’t work in a DBT program but seek solutions for those difficult clients…

...then this message is just for you.

The Spiegel Academy's DBT Informed Music Therapy Program offers you a toolkit of skills that not only are massively effective for the patient but can lead to a lot more respect and opportunity for the therapist!

It's a win/win.

Your patients experience a powerful, ground-breaking set of skills to help them cope through difficult times, regulate their emotions, make wiser behavioral choices, and improve their communication skills.

PLUS, you get to facilitate the process and receive the trust and respect you deserve!

As a Trained DBT Informed Music Therapist You Can:

  •  Effectively support clients with impulsive behaviors and dysregulated emotions…
  •  Eliminate self judgment and the accompanying feelings of a lack of knowledge and skill…
  •  Have skills to cope through difficult situations in your own life … 
  • Be recognized by your treatment team as the true professional you are (not just seen as merely fun entertainment)… 

"This DBT informed Music Therapist training has been profoundly beneficial both personally and professionally. My intention was to learn tools to use with my clients, which I have, and the supervision has been priceless. The bonus to me is being able to implement the skills myself and how it has improved my own life." 

Betsey Carle MT-BC​​ 

Join the movement as we combine DBT skills with music therapy to support those we serve to build a life worth living!

Peggy Tileston, Cliinical Training Coordinator at Temple University in Philadelphia

What is DBT and how can knowing how to use it in your music therapy effectively support even your most challenging clients?

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), is an effective evidence-based treatment model utilizing  skills training in the areas of mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness to effect change.
  • Integrating these skills into your music therapy can support your patients/clients who are involved in a DBT program as well as those who are not.  
  • As a music therapist you can add a dimension to the way the clients learn, practice, and remember the skills. 
  • Originally known for its effectiveness in working with patients with borderline personality disorder, DBT has now been shown  to be beneficial for numerous populations and settings. 
  • DBT skills are useful in our own lives as well!

Imagine ...learning the secret to

...being able to articulate to your treatment team using common (DBT) terminology and language, being perceived as a professional peer, and easily collaborating with team members in providing treatment.  

...having a repertoire of effective coping skills to pull out of a hat on a moment’s notice...knowing you're providing an evidence based tried and true system you can adapt to your own clientele... having an effective toolkit that works with clients with impulsive behaviors, disregulated emotions, lack of coping skills, and/or poor interpersonal skills!

Effective tools to create a brighter future!

Limited to 10 participants

Here's the mistake most people make:

What most people do when facing a client with impulsive behaviors and disregulated emotions, possibly even working in a DBT program with no specific training, is to get a variety of books, spend hours looking for research and interventions and even more hours in trial and error music therapy sessions. But for most people, that's not efficient or effective.  

  • They don’t have an evidence based tried and true system they can adapt to their own clientele  
  • They don’t have a repertoire of coping skills to pull out of a hat on a moment’s notice  
  • They don’t know how to articulate to their treatment team using DBT terminology and language to be seen as a professional peer and easily collaborating with team members in providing treatment

Expect these results from this training:

  • Gain a complete and thorough study of DBT skills with music therapy applications so that you'll have a repertoire of coping skills to pull out of a hat on a moment’s notice to support your clients
  • Learn an evidence based tried and true system that you can adapt to your own clientele 
  • Be able to teach DBT skills, lead and co-lead DBT skills groups .
  • Have professional supervision as you implement all you are learning with your clients, able to apply the material and make it functional for music therapy 
  • Become comfortable using the DBT terminology and collaborating with other clinicians​​ 
  • Be able to to communicate with related fields more effectively and plan groups in coordination with them within the structure of DBT
  •  Be able to effectively help patients you serve to manage crises and their own emotions, thoughts, behaviors, and actions to be more stable and avoid having to return to the hospital. 
  • Gain the educational essentials to maintain high standards of excellence in your professional practice
  • Feel confident in your role as a DBT informed Music Therapist 
  • Know what the skills are
  • Know how to create effective music therapy interventions within the DBT framework
  •   Effectively create and implement MT interventions to support and reinforce the DBT skills the patients are learning​​​​  
  •  Be able to present other professionals and those in charge with a credential from the Spiegel Academy with the designation of DBT informed Music Therapist that demonstrates a working knowledge of DBT
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"This is a very well put together program and the instructors are impressively knowledgeable- at the top of their game."

I learned a new skill set that I had never learned before in school or anywhere. The DBT skills are very useful and applicable with all populations. Being able to have all the skills for mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness to integrate into my music therapy has helped me address behavior, emotion regulation and communication issues with my clients."

Rachael Williams MT-BC

Who Are the Experts Providing

DBT Informed Music Therapy Training?

Director & Founder

My name is Deborah Spiegel MT-BC. I was introduced to DBT in 2001 when I worked at the state hospital on a DBT team. I received training from Behavioral Tech and had 11 years of experience as a DBT skills group leader in my workplace. Now known as a leading expert in the field of DBT Informed Music Therapy, I've spoken, presented workshops, and delivered trainings on music therapy and DBT skills nationwide since 2009. Director of The Spiegel Academy, author of Creative DBT Activities Using Music: Interventions for Enhancing Engagement and Effectiveness in Therapy, (with Lauren Bonavitacola and Suzanne Makary) I am passionate about supporting music therapists in integrating DBT into their work to expand the reach of our profession into this arena. Since the time that I was first introduced to DBT, the amount of research on DBT and its effectiveness with various populations has exploded as has the popularity of its use. The need for trained music therapists in this field is growing.​

Supervising Clinician

Lauren Bonavitacola, PsyD, MT-BC, is a psychologist, DBT-Linehan Board of Certification Certified Clinician™, and board-certified music therapist working for Cognitive & Behavioral Consultants of Westchester and Manhattan (CBC), an outpatient CBT- and DBT-based treatment, training, and consultation center. She is the Director of Trauma-Focused Treatment Programs at CBC and works with adolescents, adults, couples, families, and schools. Dr. Bonavitacola has been providing supervision and training for participants in our DBT Informed Music Therapy Program since 2012.

Dr. Bonavitacola has expertise and specialized training in the delivery of evidence-based treatments for anxiety, mood, substance use, eating, and personality disorders across the lifespan. She specializes in the implementation of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and associated conditions, as well as CBT for anxiety and mood disorders, particularly Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in adolescents and adults.

Skills Group Facilitator

Suzanne Makary, MT-BC  is a Board- Certified Music Therapist who has spent her career serving adults with mental health challenges. She completed her internship in 1997 at Allentown State Hospital. Since that opportunity, Suzanne has worked with an interdisciplinary team in the Partial Hospitalization setting. Throughout her journey as a professional, Suzanne designs and leads daily music therapy groups to assist in learning and reaching wellness goals with her clients. She found Linehan’s work inspiring and used concepts to help frame her work.  In 2017, Suzanne completed the yearlong “DBT Informed Music Therapy” Program through The Spiegel Academy. As a DBT-Informed music therapist, Suzanne has created a curriculum for the Innovations Partial Hospital Program at St. Luke’s University Health Network focused on teaching DBT skills daily. Since 2020, Suzanne now also facilitates a DBT skills group for participants of the DBT Informed Music Therapy program.

Facilitating DBT Clinician

Jennifer Cobb LCSW, DBTC is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who’s certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and certified in Traumatic Stress Studies by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Center.  Adjunct Professor, at The University of North Carolina and owner of Guilford Counseling, Jennifer been working with individuals and families in the mental health field since 1999. She’s is also a facilitator of the Spiegel Academy’s DBT Informed Music Therapy Program.


Limited to 10 participants

And what happens if you just keep doing what you’ve been doing?  

You get frustrated with those difficult clients...

...you feel unsure of your abilities, ...

...you wish you had new skills to use, ...

...you try to figure it out by yourself, ...

...you get burnt out and fatigued, ...

...and you feel alone with the struggle.

Limited to 10 participants

This DBT Informed Music Therapy Program Worked for These People, and It Will Work for You Too

"The DBT Informed Music Therapy Program I completed at the Spiegel Academy is the best music therapy training I have ever taken..."

"I not only earned 100 CMTEs in a year, for a very comparable price I might add, but I now also have a credential and an effective evidence based skillset to use with a wide variety of populations."

Stephen King MT-BC

"I indeed learned common language to use so that I am better able to communicate with other therapists ." 

 Diana Gross MT-BC

"Since taking the training from The Spiegel Academy, I developed a DBT skills group with the psychologist. We did research to show the effectiveness of combining music therapy with traditional skills training. "

 Lindsey Landeck MT-BC

"I am very excited to see the partnership of DBT skills and MT interventions emerge as what is sure to be a frontrunner in best practices of care."

​Kirsten Sorensen, MT-BC

What You'll Get


Explore the basics.

DBT: Practical Life Skills Reinforced through Music Therapy

  • A music therapist's view of the skills in the first edition of Marsha Linehan's DBT Skills training manual.
  • Many MT interventions to teach and reinforce those skills that you can use with your clients right away.
  • Begin to learn the language of DBT so you can communicate better with a DBT team
  • 10 credits ( Value $250) 



Music and Mindfulness in Clinical Applications​ 

  • Learn music therapy mindfulness interventions for creating self awareness and for symptom management. 
  • 8 credits ( Value $200)


Deep Dive

In-Depth DBT Skills Study with Music Therapy Applications and Supervision

  • Explore deeply all the DBT material, starting with the 2nd edition DBT Skills Training Manual
  • Experience a DBT Skills Study Group yourself as a participant and learn how to lead your own DBT skills groups.
  • Practice using DBT skills in your own life and become a role model for those around you.
  • Know how to create effective music therapy interventions within the DBT framework
  • Receive supervision as you apply the DBT material into your music therapy with your clients.
  • 82 credits ( Value $3499) 


Plan, Create, & Execute

  • After completing all of the above requirements, you will demonstrate a working knowledge of DBT Informed MT by completing a case study assignment write up of DBT informed music therapy practices with a client of your choice.
  • Get support in learning to use DBT informed MT to solve specific issues with your particular clients.
  • Learn new ideas and strategies as you brainstorm with your group
  • Have a repertoire of coping skills to pull out of a hat on a moment’s notice to support your clients  
  • Leave with a working knowledge of DBT Informed MT.



  • Professional development and uplevel to your career
  • Affirms completion of all requirements
  • Endorses you as a DBT Informed Music Therapist
  • (Value Priceless) 

Reserve your spot!

This program is limited to a maximum of 10 people to keep it personal. APPLY to reserve one of the 10 spots now.

Enroll in the program that begins in March 2022...

... and you'll get these BONUSES

once you are approved for one of the seats!

Bonus #1 - DBT in Music Therapy Resource Hub Membership

  • Full library of DBT skills and music therapy interventions
  • Ready-made music therapy session materials for each skill
  • Monthly check-ins
  • Monthly consultation group
  • Community of like minded professional music therapists using DBT in their lives and practice
  • Private forum
  • 12 month membership as a FREE Bonus!
  • Value over $1000. Normally $47/month. Yours FREE.

Bonus #2- Small Group Practice

  • Extra supervision meetings with our team while your group of peers asks questions, practices scenarios, gets practice applying skills and interventions and develops mastery.

Bonus #3- Modified DBT Class

If you work with this population, this class is for you! It's a study of Julie Brown's book The Emotion Regulation Skills System (Adapted DBT) for Clients With Intellectual Disabilities and Challenging Behaviors 

  • 28 credits  
  • Value $ 700 but yours FREE

Limited to 10 participants


We've got A's for your Q's

Q-Are any of you certified by DBT-LBC?

Yes, Lauren Bonavitacola, PsyD, MT-BC, is a psychologist, DBT-Linehan Board of Certification Certified Clinician™, and board-certified music therapist. Jennifer Cobb LCSW, DBTC is also a certified DBT clinician.  

Q- Will I be able to run DBT skills groups as a result of this training?

The multiple layers of this program give you the ground work to learn, understand, and apply DBT skills in your practice. The curriculum is designed to delve into DBT skills straight from Linehan’s work through independent reading, working the skills step by step to deepen ways to understand, practice verbiage to teach them, explore personal use in a skills-training group like setting, and practice application as a music therapist. Supervision rounds out the training over several months to solidify and strengthen confidence in teaching DBT skills in your music therapy practice in meaningful application.

Q-How much time will it take?

About 6-8 hours a month. The first month is for completing the self-study classes. Month 2-6 the schedule is tightly planned with weekly meetings and monthly assignments. For the following 6 months there is more flexibility in your schedule to complete your case report and attend monthly supervision meetings with Dr. Bonavitacola. 

Q-Is there any research on DBT and music therapy?

Lauren Bonavitacola wrote about research in the introduction to the book Creative DBT Activities Using Music: Interventions for Enhancing Engagement and Effectiveness in Therapy. You can read what she wrote here.

Q-Does DBT only apply to borderline personality disorder?

No. DBT has been shown to be effective with a wide range of diagnosis and settings including but not limited to schools, prisons, addiction recovery, and mental health. People use DBT skills with children, adults, adolescents, seniors, in hospice, with hospital staff, for wellness, for self development, and with a variety of abilities. See where some of our participants work and what they say below.

Chelsea Josephson- MT in Residential Treatment for Children with Cognitive Delays & Challenging Behaviors

Peggy Tileston- MT Professor

Suzanne Makary- Adult Acute Mental Health Partial Hospitalization Program 

 Victoria Mierlak- Adolescent Residential Care: Mental Health w/ Criminal Charges

Q- How much is it?


Take this entire program for only $2997

 or $297/month for 12 months.

(for 100 CMTEs, specialized training, and individual attention!)

Plus Course Materials ( books) which are not included in registration fees:

*Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder  

*DBT® Skills Training Manual, Second Edition  

DBT Worksheets and Handouts

Creative DBT Activities Using Music: Interventions for Enhancing Engagement and Effectiveness in Therapy

* = Required

* This program is for clinicians who already hold a credential

as a Board Certified Music Therapist and is limited to 10 participants *

Hundreds of people like you have invested in our DBT Informed MT classes since 2011. We know that if you enroll and participate in this entire program, and apply yourself, you will be thrilled with the results. If you find that this program doesn’t feel like a good fit for you, you have 48 hours after the first day of starting the first class to get 100% of your money back. After that time, you will be able to transfer to any other classes of your choice of the same credit value from our catalog. No hassle.  

You have nothing to lose, and so much to gain!

Stand out

in your field!

It's Decision Time!

You have a choice to make-

Take a new action, and get a new result. 

Take the leap...

 ... jump in...

... and join the movement as we combine DBT Skills with music therapy to support those we serve to build a life worth living! 

What do you really want for yourself? Your clients? Your business?

Here's what to do now...  

Click the "Apply Here " button below to apply for the Spring program 2022.

  • We only take 10 participants, so put your name on the list now.
  • We will then talk on the phone to answer any questions you have.
  • When you're selected as one of the 10 you can get started right away with the self study classes! Orientation is April 18th for the live (virtual) component and you'll want to have the self study work completed prior to that.

I look forward to meeting you! Deborah

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