This book provides clinicians (particularly those specialising in DBT) with music activities and creative ideas to implement with existing practices, to strengthen what clients are being taught in DBT skills groups. These new ideas can be used with clients individually, in groups, or be given as homework.
The first part of the book consists of group activities for therapists and group leaders to use. In part two each DBT skill is presented with its own activity, written in with clear step by step instructions. The skills gained will be particularly beneficial for individuals who have difficulty regulating or dealing with their emotions and this guide improves clinicians' confidence and skill in aiding these individuals innumerably.
About the Authors:
Deborah Spiegel MT-BC is a Board- Certified Music Therapist who has been in the field since 1976, providing music therapy for people of all ages. She served as Music Therapist and DBT skills group leader on a DBT Team starting in 2001, and now runs and offers a variety of DBT related classes and supports through the Spiegel Academy.
Suzanne Makary, MT-BC is a Board- Certified Music Therapist who has spent her career serving adults with mental health challenges. As a DBT-Informed music therapist, Suzanne has created a curriculum for the Innovations Partial Hospital Program at St. Luke's University Health Network focused on teaching DBT skills daily.
Lauren Bonavitacola PsyD, is a psychologist and board certified music therapist working for Cognitive & Behavioral Consultants of Westchester and Manhattan, an outpatient CBT- and DBT-based treatment, training, and consultation center.