Integrating DBT into your Music Therapy Practice for Effective Results-2 CMTEs


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Maybe you’re wondering what DBT ​is ​and why​ and how to​ use it in music therapy?​


…Or, you already know about DBT and use it in your practice and can use a refresher or some new ideas?​​​


If you ever…

  •  worry about how to best support clients with impulsive behaviors and dysregulated emotions…  
  • judge yourself or fear you lack knowledge and skill…  
  •  are not recognized by your treatment team as a true professional (seen as merely fun entertainment)…  
  •  need skills to cope through difficult situations in your own life …  
  •  work in a DBT program but don’t quite know how to fit in …  
  • don’t work in a DBT program but seek solutions for those difficult clients…
  • then this workshop is just for you.

Part 1 of the workshop is about:

  • What is DBT anyway? (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)
  • How to help clients reduce impulsive behaviors with mindfulness skills
  • Music therapy interventions to experience mindfulness skills

Part 2 of the workshop is about:

  • How DBT skills can help clients with dysregulated emotions and behaviors
  • How to cope through difficult times
  • We will review DBT’s distress tolerance module and emotion regulation module.
  • Guest visitor presenters
  • Music therapy ideas for you

Part 3 of the workshop is about:

  • Formula for asking for what you want and saying no
  • How to communicate effectively with your team
  • Collaborating with other disciplines
  • How to increase your toolkit so you have the skills you need to pull out for any individual client when they need it
  • More resources for DBT and music therapy




This is presented just as I would present at a conference.    Its broken into 3 videos that are each a little over 30 minutes, for a total of 100 minutes.  So when you complete it you can earn 2 CMTE credits.




  • Name one music therapy intervention for mindfulness and how you can or have utilized it in your practice and why (IIIA3a, 4a, 5, IID10)
  • Name one skill you learned about distress tolerance and /or emotion regulation and how it can apply to your practice and why .(IIIA3a, 4a, 5, IID10)
  • Name one skill or idea from the interpersonal effectiveness video and how you will apply it to your life &/or practice and why (IIIA3a, 4a, 5, IID10)
  • Describe how you will continue to integrate DBT into your music therapy practice and/or one resource that speaks to you to continue growing professionally. (VA1,2,3)




“I just finished watching your three video series and 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. Thank you so much for putting together such a professional, practical and informational training. This was extremely well done, complete with examples, illustrations, and clear, evidence-based information. Bravo on such a meaningful course! It was both affirming and energizing. Though retired, I found this refreshing for me personally, and I shall practice the valuable lessons and continue to draw from them personally for years to come. “

Deforia Lane Ph.D., MT-BC


​”​Thank you so much for this quick course! It gave me a fantastic introduction to DBT, and lots of ideas to incorporate into my groups. I am looking forward to taking your course on using DBT in order to learn even more skills. My biggest take away from this course though was the idea of pros and cons and merging our emotional thinking with our rational thinking to help stop impulsive and dangerous behaviors. I can’t wait to start using these concepts with my students!​”

​Kaitlyn Anastasi


​​​”I love hearing how ​DBT​ skills have been used practically in so many different ways​…​ and the benefits of DBT in professional and personal life! ​As a new professional in the music therapy world; I am still finding myself as a therapist and knowing more tools and methods to practice will help me as well as my clients achieve the maximum potential from music therapy services! Thank you again Deborah for making this accessible to everyone!!​”

​​​Gwen D’Amico


​”​As someone who held a previous job in a setting that was DBT heavy, this course has been an excellent refresher course for me. Along with it being a great refresher for all of the skills, I have gained several ideas about how to create some more DBT focused groups for the population I work with. I intend to use mindfulness more often as I feel that it will greatly benefit the patients I see with raising situational and emotional awareness. The specific part from the 3rd video that resonated with me the most is the ability to teach DBT skills in various different ways with populations other than mental health. I also like how an example of generalizing some of the skills was provided. Thank you!​”

​Justin Dedeaux


​”​Thank you for sharing the interventions and DEARMAN song! Actionable and applicable tips to incorporate with my clients​ living with dementia and their care partners.​”​

​Becky Watson


​”​I particularly appreciated the input about how to utilize DBT with children with special needs. Those therapists’ explanations reinforced the ways that I was considering incorporating some of these strategies with my own clients. I will definitely be taking some of the strategies for considering impulse control and emotional self-regulation into my work life. There were also lovely reminders about how to stay mindful in my life outside of work, including avoiding judgemental responses to my emotions. Thank you for this free CMTE opportunity! This was a wonderful refresher about DBT.​”

Tina de Leeuw


“​In each of the videos I found information that I can apply to my own life both professionally and personally. I plan to use what I’ve learned in my interpersonal relationships and with the families I’m privileged to work with each week. The best resource I took away from video 3 was the information regarding interpersonal effectiveness through DEARMAN. I would love to learn more about this.​”

​Katie Garner​



Integrating DBT into Your Music Therapy for Effective Results  is  approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 2 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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