In-Depth Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills Study With Music Therapy Applications and Supervision (85 credits)

This is the main componant of our DBT informed Music Therapy training.  Earn a credemtial with an endorsement as a DBT Informed Music Therapist.

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This is the biggest part of the DBT Informed Music Therapy Program which is open once a year, starting in April.  


Prerequisites for this part of the program:

DBT: Practical Life Skills Reinforced through Music Therapy

Mindfulness and Music in Clinical Practice.

  This  current page will be where you’ll purchase the remainder of the training.

What is DBT? 

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT®) is a cutting edge therapy model created by Dr. Marsha Linehan.  Originally known for its effectiveness in working with patients with borderline personality disorder, research now shows DBT 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.  The use of music therapy interventions to help teach and reinforce DBT skills, is supported by research.  

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!  Being a music therapist on a DBT treatment team, you can add a new dimension to the way the clients learn, practice, and remember the skills.  Even if you are not part of a DBT treatment team, Integrating DBT skills into your own practice can provide effective tools for mindful living, coping with stress, interpersonal interactions, and emotion regulation strategies for your clients. 

Why attend this course?  
This course is an important step in gaining a complete and thorough study of the DBT skills with music therapy applications, and  having professional supervision as you implement them with your clients, learning how to apply the material and make it functional for music therapy.

Learn how as a music therapist you can  apply DBT skills in a way that has fidelity to the treatment, still doing DBT but with a music therapy spin.

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.

Gain the educational essentials to maintain high standards of excellence in your professional practice and feel confident in your role as a DBT informed Music Therapist 

Know what the skills are and how to create effective MT 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 (once you complete all requirements- this class is one of them)

The Components of This Class

  • Read and study the 2015 Skills Training Manual.  You can purchase the manual by clicking on the link.  Apply interventions from your discipline to the material showing how you could or do use your discipline to teach/reinforce the skills.
  • Attend weekly skills training groups where you will be learning each DBT skill thoroughly and learning through modeling  how skills groups are run, and learning the skills through experiencing them  in online DBT skills group meetings specifically for this group of participants. We meet twice a month for 90 minute meetings over 5 months
  •  Engage in a thorough study of  DBT theory and practice, especially DBT skills ,(including new skills) in Dr. Marsha Linehan’s second Skills Training Manual.  Read and study the manual to understand each skill and how to implement them.
  •  Attend RECORDED and live INTERACTIVE MEETINGS – which include an orientation, foundational elements about DBT outside of the skills, and skills study in every module.  Your questions will be answered related to the material in the Skills Training Manual, the videos, and from the skills training class as you make it applicable to music therapy.  We meet on the 3rd Monday of each month  (starting in April ) at 5:30-6:30 Pacific, 6:30-7:30 Mountain, 7:30-8:30 Central, 8:30-9:30 Eastern.  
  • Complete  monthly assignments.  These make the DBT skills useful to your own life as well as your clients’.
  • Share interventions and interact with your peers in live webinar meetings and in private forum.  
  • Attend  online DBT skills training groups 2x/month to learn the skills
  • After completing the above 5 months of studying the skills, you get another 6 months of supervision,   This is where you  demonstrate that you have gained a working knowledge of DBT with music therapy by applying it with clients. . Over a six month period, you will spend at least 3 hours a month implementing with your clients and working on a case study write up of  DBT informed practices with a client of your choice. Attend 6 monthly one-hour online group supervision meetings with Dr. Lauren B. This is the culmination point of the DBT Informed Music Therapy program.
  • You will have access to our online DBT Consultation Group for music therapists that meets monthly for an hour and are required to attend at least 5 times
  • Throughout, participants  will have access to a private DBT community where you can connect with fellow participants, post questions, and have supportive discussions about  progress in the field. Ongoing community membership access to the private forum extends beyond the year of the program.

Here’s what people are saying about the DBT Informed Music Therapist Program who have completed this class:



Moderated by experienced DBT Skills group leader

 Deborah Spiegel MT-BC


 and DBT intensively trained Therapist

 Lauren Bonavitacola Psy.M.,MT-BC

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Deborah Spiegel MT-BC is recognized as a leading expert in the field of DBT Informed Music Therapy. She has spoken, presented workshops, and delivered trainings in music therapy and DBT skills nationwide since 2009. Since the time that she was first introduced to DBT in 2001, 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..

Lauren Bonavitacola Psy.D. MT-BC is a clinical psychologist and music therapist, Linehan Board Certified DBT Therapist,  who has expertise and specialized training in the delivery of evidence-based treatments for anxiety, mood, substance use, eating, and personality disorders across the lifespan.  Dr. Bonavitacola is highly experienced and is intensively trained in all aspects of DBT and will provide you with supervision and training.


  • Demonstrate understanding of how to implement DBT in music therapy as evidenced by creating a music therapy intervention for reinforcing at least one skill in each of the 4 DBT skills modules and implementing it with a client or group of clients.
  • Demonstrate intimate understanding of DBT skills by sharing at least one DBT skill in each module that participant has used in their own life by filling out a worksheet.  
  • Demonstrate the language used to integrate and coordinate with other treatment modalities in order to collaborate with colleagues in the field, as evidenced by using the DBT terminology in written work and group meetings.

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of DBT in music therapy by completing a case study report on a client including what DBT skills were chosen, why, and what music therapy experiences were chosen and why, utilizing assessment, implementation, and after action evaluation



You will receive 85 credits

CBMT Domain Areas

 IIA2c,d,e,g,h,i,j,k,n,o,q,s,v,x,ak, IIA3a,b, IIA5, IIA4a, IV3, IVA4 IB


In-Depth Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Study with Music Therapy Applications is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 85  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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