Self-study. – Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills for distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, core mindfulness. Come away with (MT) interventions to reinforce DBT skills. 10 credits

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What is DBT?  Why this course?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), 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)

 Skills for mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and  interpersonal effectiveness will be reviewed along with many music therapy interventions.  You will leave with tons of new interventions that you can implement right away with your clients.

This course will review DBT skills for distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and core mindfulness through lecture and experiential music related activities. Discover how music therapy and other allied disciplines can be used to  teach, anchor, and reinforce DBT skills.  Sharing of therapeutic (music therapy) interventions.  

This is a self study class, recorded with Deborah Spiegel MT-BC and Lindsey Landeck MT-BC.  Deborah is a DBT informed Music Therapist who spent 12 years working as music therapist and DBT skills group leader in a DBT program at the state hospital in Colorado.  Lindsey is a music therapist  currently working in a psych hospital in Michigan, serving as co-therapist with her psychologist in their DBT skills groups.  LIndsey’s psychologist has noticed that the patients seem to pay attention more and retain more when music therapy is integrated into the skills groups.  They are starting a research project to validate this!


Learning Objectives

  • Design music therapy interventions to reinforce DBT skills in each of the 4 DBT modules
  • Identify which skills are being reinforced and how
  • Integrate music therapy with DBT skills in your professional setting.  


 Review the skills in Marsha Linehan’s book:  Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder.   or  the new book  DBT Skills Training Manual.  DBT is used with a multitude of  populations, not just borderlines. Either of these texts are a must read because it offers an underlying basis for therapists to be familiar with the DBT Skills.

For more information about DBT and Music Therapy visit www.dbtmusic.com

What people are saying: 

“I especially liked that we not only created new interventions, but looked at what we were already doing through the eyes of this new information, reformatting interventions I currently use into a DBT framework. That was a brilliant piece I thought, that was unique to this course. This really got my creative process working. “
“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, and also so that I can help the clients begin to understand a language they can use to better express their emotions to facilitate improved emotion regulation. I will be able to now directly implement DBT Skills & language into working 1:1 with clients, and also while working with other therapists at my facility who are trained in DBT. .”  Diana Gross MT-BC
CBMT Domain areas:

II-A3a,b,5, IV- A3,4



DBT: Practical Life Skills Reinforced Through Music Therapy is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 10 CMTEs-Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. The Spiegel Academy, CBMT Approved Provider #P-106,  maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria. 


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