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 it.

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DBT Informed Music Therapy

How to Earn a

DBT Informed

Music Therapist 


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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​​​​​Do you have any clients who have impulsive behaviors, difficulty regulating their emotions,  poor coping strategies, or lack interpersonal skills?  

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), created by Dr. Marsha Linehan, 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) Originally known for its effectiveness in working with patients with borderline personality disorder, DBT has now been shown 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. ​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 DBT treatment team, knowing how to integrate DBT skills into your own practice can allow you to provide effective tools for mindful living, coping with stress, interpersonal interactions, and emotion regulation strategies for your clients.  

Imagine ...

...being able to articulate to your treatment team using common (DBT) terminology and language, being perceived as a professional peer, and easily collaborating with team members in providing treatment.  

Wouldn't it be great to have a repertoire of effective coping skills to pull out of a hat on a moment’s notice? To know you're providing an evidence based tried and true system you can adapt to your own clientele? An effective toolkit that works with clients with impulsive behaviors, disregulated emotions, lack of coping skills, and/or poor interpersonal skills?

​The use of music therapy interventions to help teach and reinforce DBT skills has started to grow a research base. 

  Join the movement as we combine DBT Skills with music therapy 
to support those we serve to build a life
  worth  living!

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