DBT Informed Music Therapy

Music Therapist,

Wouldn’t it be great to have a repertoire of effective coping skills to pull out of a hat on a moment’s notice? To know you’re providing an evidence based tried and true system you can adapt to your own clientele? An effective toolkit that works  even with clients who display impulsive behaviors and disregulated emotions?

Imagine …

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


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What is DBT?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), created by Dr. Marsha Linehan, is an effective evidence-based treatment model using skills training to “change behavioral, emotional, thinking, and interpersonal patterns associated with problems in living”. (Linehan 2015) 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 Training is one component of a DBT program, and this is the area that we music therapists can make our biggest contribution. Reinforcing the skills for mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness through music therapy can support your patients/clients who are involved in a DBT program as well as those who are not.

DBT skills are useful in our own lives as well! 

The use of music therapy interventions to help teach and reinforce DBT skills has started to grow a RESEARCH BASE. 

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

 Click to watch this FREE 30 minute introduction to DBT Informed Music Therapy webinar >>

 Learn 3 ways to integrate DBT Skills into your Music Therapy Practice.

The Spiegel Academy offers a comprehensive DBT Informed Music Therapy Program!   Complete the requirements to earn a credential with an endorsement as a DBT Informed Music Therapist.  Enrollment for the year long program opens once a year.  You can get started anytime though with the self-study classes.

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What people who work in a variety of settings are saying about their experience of our DBT Informed Music Therapy training and about integrating DBT into their music therapy.