A Proven Approach for Managing Impulsive Behaviors and Emotions:

Music Therapy Meets Dialectical Behavior Therapy

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Integrating DBT into Your Music Therapy Practice for Effective Results

  • Learn what DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) is, and why it's so effective with music therapy

  • Understand new strategies that music therapists who've learned them use to increase revenue and client outcomes

  • Effectively use DBT techniques to enhance your music therapy practice

  • Empower clients to reduce impulsive behaviors, cope through difficult times and regulate emotions

  • Learn formulas for effective communication to assist your clients (and yourself) in daily interactions.

Enhance Your Skills and Expand Your Impact

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3 part workshop

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an effective evidence-based treatment model created by Dr. Marsha Linehan, that uses skills training to support people in replacing maladaptive behaviors with skillful behaviors, in responding to life rather than reacting, and can enhance the lives of all. 

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

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Deborah Spiegel MT-BC will share with you a Specialized Music Therapy Approach that that gets lasting results so you can better help your music therapy clients gain skills to:  

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

Deborah is known as the DBT informed Music Therapy expert. She first started using DBT in her music therapy in 2001.


She is author of Creative DBT Activities Using Music: Interventions for Enhancing Engagement and Effectiveness in Therapy (Jessica Kingsley 2020.)

Deborah’s passion for integrating DBT with music therapy  led her to spearhead a research project to validate the effectiveness of using DBT with music therapy, published in the Journal of Music Therapy in June of 2022.  Plus it led her to present workshops nationwide since 2011, and eventually online. 

She is CEO and director of The Spiegel Academy, providing online continuing education for music therapists and allied professionals. This includes specializing in providing a comprehensive DBT informed music therapy training program in conjunction with her team.

"Thank you so much for putting together such a professional, practical and informational training. I feel as though I've just taken a mega dose of vitamin B 12!  My brain is firing and my creativity is having a field day."

-Deforia Lane

"I have many take-aways from this presentation! One is, learning about the states of mind, and skills used to assess a client, or myself, to achieve interpersonal effectiveness and a wise mind. Second is, the skills for distress tolerance and how to use them for the short term and long term when faced with a crisis. Third is, skills to improve emotional resiliency. And fourth is, some great strategies for effective communication"

-Katie McGowan

"There are so many things that I learned. Lots of helpful information"

-Brittney Shelton

"This was a great introduction to using music therapy to address many DBT skills."

- Katie Drake

" 3 ideas that I am taking away from this series are: learning about the four skills modules of DBT; seeing how well DBT and music therapy can work together; and the information from the video about emotional regulation"

- Beth Walls