DBToriginated in the realm of therapy. It has been modified for use as a social emotional learning program in schools.
Youth are showing mental health issues.
The schools are being asked to support students (and staff) with tools to change that, and to save lives, and to effectively launch students after high school.
Watch the short video for details on what DBT in schools is about and how it's helping teachers, coaches, administrators, students, and families to create a more validating environment that is non-judgmental, more accepting, and warm.
DBT provides skills for emotion regulation, improved academic performance, improved interpersonal relationships, less impulsivity, and positive life changes.
This video on DBT in schools is from Cognitive and Behavioral Consultants, where school systems get trained in DBT programs.
There is a book called DBT Skills in Schools (Mazza, Miller, Rathus, Murphy ) which provides lesson plans in the areas of mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. The lessons in this book are designed to be taught by general education teachers or school personnel who have a vested interest in helping adolescents learn to help themselves.
What about younger children?
Using DBT skills as the basis, over 100 schools across the US have developed programs, some even for the youngest grades,
...teaching children to:
make wise decisions
take a step back and cool down before acting
check the facts when making assumptions
As Board Certified Music Therapists who are trained in DBT, we see a great need for music activities, songs, etc. that school personnel can easily add to DBT lessons to reinforce the topic of the day without having to take the time to create them yourself. These are all designed to be easily used even by the non-musician!
We attended a gathering of schools who are using DBT with their students, and we got our passion ignited to help the movement of DBT in schools!
Reach participants with different learning styles so that they enthusiastically stay engaged!
Enhance client ability to understand and apply DBT skills so they experience a life worth living!
Help students remember the skills (think of the ABC song)
You don't even need to know a thing about music
to use these resources!
Become a member of the DBT Music Resource Library for Schools!
We are a group of Board Certified Music Therapists who have completed Behavioral Tech’s DBT Skills Training Program, as well as an in-depth DBT informed Music Therapy Training program that includes 11 months of clinical supervision from a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification Certified PsyD clinician.
We all have experience facilitating DBT informed music therapy groups, and are often found co-leading skills training groups with psychologists, social workers, and other DBT skills group leaders.
Our creative team meets together every week to create original material for school personnel to use to supplement the DBT skills lessons.
While we are creating new material for this new project, YOU, as a FOUNDING MEMBER will get to influence the material that we create with your ideas and input.
We can't wait to show it to you!
This is a work in progress...We are going to be dripping out material skill by skill, module by module starting July 10th, 2022.
Deborah Spiegel MT-BC
Deborah Spiegel MT-BC, a long time music therapist, was first introduced to DBT in 2001 when she worked as a member of a Dialectical Behavior Therapy based treatment team at the Colorado Mental Health Institute. She was trained in DBT alongside her treatment team by representatives of Behavioral Tech.
Her 11 years of employment at that DBT facility as the music therapist led to her passion for using music therapy to support patients in strengthening DBT skills.
Author of Creative DBT Activities Using Music: Interventions for Enhancing Engagement and Effectiveness in Therapy (Jessica Kingsley 2020.)
Deborah is CEO and director of The Spiegel Academy, providing online continuing education for music therapists and allied professionals. This includes a comprehensive DBT informed music therapy training program (in conjunction with Dr. Lauren Bonavitacola PsyD, MT-BC of Cognitive and Behavioral Consultants.)
Stehpen King MT-BC
Stephen King explored his interest in music and psychology with his undergraduate work at Harding University, after which he studied the Masters in Music Therapy program at Texas Woman’s University.
His Music Therapy career allowed for experience with older adults, addiction and recovery, children with developmental challenges, and most recently adolescents with behavioral and emotion regulation difficulties.
In early 2018, Stephen enrolled in The Spiegel Academy in conjunction with skills training from Behavioral Tech, to earn his designation as DBT informed Music Therapist.
Combining his interest in electronic music and technology, Stephen brings unique skills to the community offering DBT informed Music Therapy sessions both online and in-person.
Hillary Cartner-Ambrose MT-BC
Andra Birdsong has extensive training in social and emotional learning, especially for at-risk students ages 5-12 in urban communities.
Ms. Birdsong has been a lover of music from a very early age. Born in Germany, the songs and dancing from the original movie “The Jungle Book” were the only American musical experience she had as a toddler. She moved back to the United States at age 4 and began playing the drums at age 9.
Andra attended Duncanville High School and was very active musically during her school years. She traveled with the school band to New York to play at Carnegie Hall, and later became snare captain during her senior year. Her marching band won the state championship in 2002. Andra graduated from DHS in 2005 and enrolled at Cedar Valley College, where she earned her associate's degree before transferring to Texas Woman’s University.
At TWU, Andra participated in jazz band, Gamelan, pep band, and wind ensemble. She also accompanied the choir and flute choir as a percussionist. Andra graduated from TWU with honors, earning her Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy.
Andra passed her certification exam June 16, 2020 as a board certified music therapist in the United States. Before graduation, she completed 1040 hours of internship in Denton ISD with Sherri Ross, MA, MT-BC. She became a music educator in the summer of 2016. People with autism in on the autism spectrum, pervasive developmental disorder's, intellectual disabilities, Alzheimer's dementia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and people who are deaf or hard of hearing are some of several other populations she has experienced either in three years of practicum or internship. She offers "adaptive lessons" for students or adults with special needs.
Teaching runs in Andra's family (her mother and grandmother are both educators), and she soon found that teaching came naturally to her. She found herself teaching other music students during her undergraduate years, and beginning in 2010, she volunteered at the Denton Juvenile Detention Center, teaching lessons on drum set, snare, and guitar. In 2013, Andra began visiting students' homes for private lessons. She currently offers drum lessons to students of all skill levels, guitar lessons to students at the beginner through intermediate level, and piano to beginners and childen. She also plays in a cover band, The Texas Trail Mixers, that is comprised of Dallas ISD teachers. They perform funk, rock, and other instrumental music throughout the Dallas area.
Music is Andra’s passion. She loves rhythms and enjoys musical encounters with others. She wants each and every student to thrive in music. Andra is a patient, empathetic, and communicative teacher. If a student is having trouble practicing, Andra seeks creative solutions to help inspire and motivate the student to get back on track. Her goal is success and a positive learning experience for all!
Chelsea Steen MT-BC
Chelsea studied music therapy at Wartburg College in Iowa. After an internship at New Avenues to Independence in Cleveland, OH, Chelsea moved to Wisconsin. There, in 2012, she developed a new music therapy program at a residential treatment center for children and adolescents. Since then, her music therapy practice has included work with children, teens, and young adults with a focus to increase appropriate social communication skills, emotion regulation, executive function skills, and independence in self-regulation.
In 2017, Chelsea joined The Spiegel Academy to complete the DBT informed music therapy program. Using this information, she has worked to create and adapt music experiences to teach and reinforce DBT skills for children.
In addition to playing instruments in music therapy, Chelsea plays clarinet and cello in various community groups. She enjoys watching how music brings people together both in music therapy sessions and in a community setting.
Andra Birdsong MT-BC
Melody Sylvester MT-BC
Can I play these videos for my students?
Yes! We are in the process of creating different music based activities geared for K-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, 6th-8th grade, and high school. You can play the recording of us for your students, or can download our instructions and facilitate them yourself.
Is there a discount for a facility?
Yes! Prices go down for over 10 users.
DBT Music Resource Library for Schools
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for each of the DBT skills,
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$350 for a year of access per user
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for much less than a $1 a day (only $19/month)
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