Do you have any clients who have impulsive behaviors, difficulty regulating their emotions, poor coping strategies, or lack interpersonal skills?
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT®) is a cutting edge therapy model created by Dr. Marsha Linehan. Originally for clients with Borderline Personality Disorder, DBT has now been shown to be effective in treating numerous diagnosis and populations effectively. DBT Skills Training is one component of a DBT program, and we feel that this is the area that we music therapists can make our biggest contribution. Research shows that DBT skills groups alone are an effective treatment. The use of music therapy interventions to help teach and reinforce DBT skills has started to grow a research base.
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.
Join the movement as we combine DBT Skills with music therapy
to support those we serve to build a life worth living!
Regional Conference: Deborah Spiegel MT-BC, Abbey Dvorak PhD , LIndsey Landeck MT-BC, and Marie Lesiak MT-BC presented on DBT Informed Music Therapy at the 2016 National AMTA Conference as well as at the 2017 combined regional conference of the western and mid-western regions of AMTA. The title of the presentation was " DBT Skills: What are they and How Can We Reinforce them with Music Therapy?" We shared our current research project as well. The AMTA recorded a podcast of us presenting on this topic so stay on the lookout for when they release it.
DBT Informed Music Therapy
Deborah Spiegel MT-BC, CCHt -
DBT Informed Music Therapist, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, CBMT Approved Provider hosting numerous & varied CMTE classes, CEO & Director of The Spiegel Academy for Music Therapy Continuing Education
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