'Extended Training in DBT' provides 60 hours of training and includes an online exam and Masterclass, leading to Level 4 APT-Accreditation in DBT if completed successfully. This 10-day course is from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), a leading provider of accredited Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) training courses.
It is the only DBT training that is APT-accredited and also gives you access to APT’s relevant downloadable resources for use post-course. The course is available for teams and individuals and can be attended face-to-face or online.
APT has been providing training in DBT since 2003, during which time we have seen the popularity, areas of use, and influence of the approach grow steadily to point it is at today. This extended training in DBT is the most comprehensive training in DBT we provide, and has inbuilt APT accreditation to Level 5 for those who complete the relevant exams and projects successfully.
1. Groups of professionals who see patients in 1:1 treatment settings, have a significant degree of clinical skill, and wish to become proficient in DBT applied to a range of conditions such as personality disorders, depression, anxieties, etc.
2. 'Whole teams' (either in primary or secondary care settings) seeking to develop a unified level of proficiency in DBT and possibly establish a full DBT service comprising (a) professionals delivering 1:1 sessions, (b) professionals delivering skills training groups, and (c) a Consult service to ensure adherence to the model, address specific difficulties, maintain professionals' enthusiasm etc.
The professional affiliations of people attending this course include: mental health/psychiatric nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, and others working in a variety of settings including: Adult Mental Health, Children and Adolescents, personality disorder and challenging behavior facilities, and Substance Misuse.
The development of our Extended Training in DBT provides you with 60 hours training spread over a maximum of 12 months.
The way the system works is this: the first course covers 'key skills'; course two teaches how to run DBT Skills Training Groups, and course 3 (which can be taken in two parts if required) is the Masterclass, where projects are set and discussed, cases are presented and discussed, videos are studied, and the application of DBT to different presentations is examined.
The first section covers Validation, Metaphors, Problem Solving, and Contingency management…
Relentless problem solving.
The second section overviews Skills training, in Mindfulness. Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Walking the Middle Path.
Walking the Middle Path.
Other skills of DBT.
Accreditation: This module gives you Level 1 APT accreditation and qualifies you to sit the online exam to acquire Level 2 APT accreditation.
Module two lasts 3 days and is all about teaching delegates how to run skills development groups. These are an important part of becoming proficient in DBT, the rationale being that patients need not only to be motivated, gain insights and knowledge etc, but usually also need to acquire skills in:
This module is therefore all about coaching and practice. Every delegate will be expected to run such a group at least once (possibly jointly with another delegate), and will receive constructive feedback on their performance, and time to re-practice. The aim is to return every delegate to their workplace proficient in running DBT Skills Training Groups.
Linehan has some excellent patient-handouts for all these topics, photocopiable from the Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder. Every delegate is therefore given a copy of this manual or the similar manual by Rathus and Miller, as part of the course, so they can legitimately copy those handouts.
Accreditation: This module uprates your APT Level 2 accreditation to APT Level 3.
The major teaching techniques on this course are case presentation and discussion, video-presentations, and reflective exercises, so delegates are expected to substantially develop both their knowledge and their skills during the four days.
Delegates have the opportunity to do several things:
What this course will do for you:
Each course may be studied separately if required. For example, a group may start by just attending Course One (DBT Essentials). Then a little later, they may decide to sit the online exam. Then to attend Module Two (Running DBT Skills-Development Groups). Later again they may decide to attend course 3 (The DBT Masterclass) and then work on a project. This way a group can gradually enhance its level of APT-Accreditation.
Note: Because of the case material likely to be discussed, you must have a professional qualification which insists upon patient confidentiality, to attend this course.
DBT Accreditation: Level 5
To obtain APT's DBT Accreditation Level 5, delegates must attend all the taught days, pass the associated online exam, and also obtain at least a pass mark (50%) in a set written project.
Booking this training is easy...
For individuals or small groups:
a live event hosted online via Zoom. (And you don’t even have to have your own Zoom account.)
A live and interactive online course, ask questions, make your observations, ‘Chat’ to other delegates. Open for you to attend from your home or workplace. Choose from one of the following dates to attend:
Course 1: DBT Essentials or DBT for Adolescents (3-days)
19-21 April 2023 ~ DBT-A
Course 2: Running DBT Skills-Development Groups (3-days)
6-8 June 2023
Course 3: The DBT Masterclass (4-days)
23-26 January 2024
Price: $1,755 USD per person. The fee covers: tuition, PDF workbook, certification, registration, and accreditation. Times: 10am - 4pm (ET) daily, including 45 minutes for lunch.
We continuously monitor the quality of our training by obtaining feedback on the two key scales of relevance and presentation from every course delegate. Below are the average ratings for the last ten runnings of this course, which are updated periodically.
APT prides itself on the feedback we receive about our courses. Below are just some of the great comments the Extended Training in DBT course has received.
“Oh my goodness... where to start... Hard work, thought provoking but ultimately very inspiring. The tutor's style of delivery brought to life the previous 6 days of training and enabled me to visualise how a DBT service might work with our partners in NPS. She also gave me confidence in myself to take these skills forward into my everyday practice. Thanks!"
“Once again, thank you for really fantastic training. The examples you provide are always so thought provoking and relevant. Invaluable experience of actually running a group. Thanks very much"