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DBT Foundations for Music Therapists

Jumpstart Program

Gain new tools to support your clients, (and yourself), and move your practice forward.

Embark on a transformative study that combines the power of music therapy with the evidence-based principles of DBT. Gain a solid foundation of practical life skills and music therapy interventions, allowing you to make an even greater difference in your music therapy practice.

Join the Jumpstart Program!

  • Feel secure in what to do when your clients display impulsive behaviors, disregulated emotions, ineffective coping strategies, or lack of interpersonal skills by growing your toolkit of skills.
  • Be able to adapt your music therapy interventions to include DBT skills in a way that suits your clientele, no matter where you work, by gaining a solid base in DBT's evidence based tried and true system.

  • Collaborate in treatment with other providers, and be perceived as a professional peer (rather than entertainment), effectively communicating with related fields.
  • Become confident in your role as a music therapist using DBT and even co-lead DBT skills groups with your team's psychologist or social worker

  • Be valued as a part of the DBT team and speak the same language

“I indeed learned common language to use so that I am better able to communicate with other therapists who are working with the same clients.” Dianna Gross MT-BC

— Jake, Bow Wow Dog Walking 

Help your music therapy clients gain skills to:  

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

And feel consistent progress in applying skills to their daily struggles.

What's Included in the DBT Foundations for Music Therapists Jumpstart Program

The DBT Foundations for Music Therapists Jumpstart Program is an excellent opportunity for music therapists who want to enhance their skills and knowledge in the field.

It offers a wealth of material, resources, and learning opportunities that are all included in the program for a fraction of the cost of what they would be individually.

1. Self Study Class

First of all, you get to take the self study class called DBT: Practical Life Skills Reinforced through Music Therapy. This 10 CMTE credit class is an excellent  next step in your DBT informed music therapy journey. 

You'll learn DBT skills from all four modules, a more complete study than the quick overview you got in the short 3 part introductory workshop “Integrating DBT into Your Music Therapy Practice for Effective Results” 

As you start to use these skills in your own life, you’ll be able to be a role model for those around you.  You’ll  grow your therapy toolkit to be able to further support your clients with whatever comes up for them. And you'll learn the language of DBT, allowing you to communicate with other disciplines and be seen as a competent member of the team.

This class will give you lots of interventions, both in the class recordings and in the private forum, that you can incorporate into your practice.  You get lifetime access to this class..

What People are Saying

about DBT: Practical Life Skills Reinforced through Music Therapy

“In my hospital setting, I consistently find opportunities to utilize DBT skills to assist in emotion regulation and distress tolerance for patients as is covered with specific details and ideas in this course. Mindfulness practices and interpersonal effectiveness skills are inherent in our own daily lives both personally and professionally. I was able to share course content with colleagues at the hospital to connect with team goals in the recent trending Trauma Informed Care philosophy for medical settings.”

Denise Lee MT-BC


"I work in a facility where DBT is the form of therapy used for all patients. I found myself wanting to learn more about DBT and how I can help my patients better understand how they can use DBT.  I can use my deeper knowledge of DBT to make sure each music therapy intervention I present to my patients will reinforce their DBT skills. I appreciate the clearness with which the material was presented and the self-paced option. "

Katherine E. Noel MT-BC


What drew me to this course was that I wanted to learn a new skill set that I could bring to the students that I work with. I will use what was presented (the DBT modules) in my music therapy groups. DBT will also enhance what our school already has in place in our day treatment setting for emotionally impaired students (Restorative Circles, Positive Behavior Intervention Support, and CHAMPS classroom management. What was most useful to my practice is that I will be able to incorporate the DBT skills at my workplace with ease.

Richard Cross MT-BC


I have worked in mental health for most of my music therapy career and have been exposed to DBT used with Borderline Patients. In my work I have wondered how DBT skills can be applied to music therapy (or vice versa) but have never really been able to do so in my groups. Since DBT is used in most mental health settings, it seems to pay to know how to combine the two. Much of what was presented can be directly applied/is directly applicable. I also learned how many, if not all, music therapy interventions (especially ones I often use) can support/reinforce DBT skills.  The material is relevant and useful.  There was a nice balance of theory/information presented and examples, suggestions, ideas that can be used immediately in the workplace.

 Yvonne Quilop MT-BC


Before taking this course I felt as though I lacked creativity in delivering DBT skills to clients. Now I can use all of the experiential ways that were presented to help individuals learn the skills (which I feel are foundational and necessary). 

Martha McCrory MT-BC


I have an even bigger toolkit now, and more importantly I know know how to talk about the skills, and translate them into what we are doing within our music therapy interventions.I think I will sound more confident and be more on board with the entire treatment team. The course content was great- really good information.

Elizabeth La Combe MT-BC


 The discussions and handouts give me more to think about when writing, teaching, and leading interventionsThese skills are useful to everyone, and I found them useful in my personal life as well. It’s very easy to forget to use the skills unless your practice them. I intend to do more of that for my own well being, and hopefully, for they who come to me for help. God bless!”

Tracy Jude Walker

Join the Jumpstart Program!

PLUS - To give you a broader foundation, we have packaged this class with the following bonuses:

Bonus number One -

2 Months of access to the DBT Music Therapy Resource Hub members area.

Value $160- yours FREE!

You get 2 months of access to our member's only DBT Music Therapy Resource Hub. This is the place to deepen your understanding of each DBT skill while reading and studying the DBT Skills manual.

You’ll find that the paced reading assignments, paired with examples and videos of DBT informed music therapy sessions that correspond to the skills discussed in the manual,  will take your understanding way further than just reading the book on your own.

It's also a library that is full of ready-made music therapy session materials and music therapy interventions for each DBT skill to help you SAVE TIME with session planning. text in this area

Bonus number Two -

2 DBT Music Therapy Consultation Group Meetings with DBT Experts and other DBT Informed MTs

Value over $150 - Yours FREE!

You get to attend 2 of our monthly zoom DBT informed MT consultation groups with other DBT informed music therapists, and others who are studying like you are.

The monthly consultation groups give you time to share how you used skills in your life and your practice, so you learn from experiencing them yourself. 

You can get your questions answered by a DBT expert on our team, connect with the community, and come away with amazing experiences of professional supervision and personal growth.

Bonus number Three -

2 Tickets to a Virtual Retreat to hear from other DBT informed MTs about how they are using DBT with a variety of populations.

Value $197- yours FREE!

2 tickets to our virtual retreat, for you and a friend. You'll  hear presentations from other DBT informed music therapists that are full of new ideas and strategies for implementing DBT with music therapy for a variety of populations.

This is your chance to hear from experts and to meet each other in a live virtual community event.t

In Summary, You Get:

  • DBT Practical Life Skills Reinforced Through Music Therapy- self study course giving you a great foundation (Valued at $250)
  • DBT Music Therapy Resource Hub full of interventions and session plans for each DBT skill -2 month access (Valued at $160)
  • 2 DBT Music Therapy Consultation Group zoom meetings where your questions can be answered and you'll be part of the community of DBT informed MTs (Valued at $150)
  • 2 Tickets to our Virtual Retreat where you'll learn how MTs are using DBT with various populations (Valued at $197)

Total Value is over $750

Have skills when you need them the most.

For only $350! or

3 monthly payments of $128

Join Now!

* This program is the foundational step of our comprehensive DBT Informed Music Therapy Training. If you decide to join the full training at a later date, everything you invest in this program will be applied, credited, towards the training!

Not sure what I'm talking about? We offer a yearlong 100 CMTE specialty training of in-depth DBT study with music therapy applications and supervision that qualifies you with an endorsement as a DBT informed Music Therapist. We only take 10 people max per cohort in the advanced training.

Meanwhile, the Jumpstart Program is a fantastic opportunity to uplevel your music therapy services and make a huge impact on your clientsYou can't lose!

Join NOW, during this Cyber Monday Special (11/27-11/30/23), to get $1000 credited towards your tuition for the DBT Informed Music Therapy Training in March 2024 should you decide to take your studies further.