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DBT Essentials (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy training).

DBT Essentials is a 3-day course from APT, the leading independent provider of DBT training courses in the UK and Ireland. You can attend this APT-Accredited course as an individual, or we can bring the training to your own organisation and train a group of 6-15 people. You can use it simply as an introduction to DBT or as the first step to establishing a full DBT service.

For those already trained to this level, there is a Refresher course also available.

Executive Summary:

DBT brings together a series of skills and techniques which are powerful and well-chosen ones, for working with personality disorder and other areas. Many people want to familiarise themselves with these skills without necessarily becoming a DBT therapist exclusively, and this 3-day course is for you if you are one of those people as well as if you are thinking of taking the first step in becoming a DBT therapist or establishing a DBT service. As well as covering the ‘overall concept of DBT’, it covers its ‘essential elements’ such as how to set up skills development groups, the inter-relation between the groups and the 1:1 sessions, how to maximise generalistion of the skills learned into real life, how therapists gain support for themselves, how fidelity to the model is maintained, and more.

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Who should attend this DBT course?

People who attend our DBT training normally fall into one of two categories:

1. Professionals who see patients in 1:1 treatment settings, have a significant degree of clinical skill, and wish to add DBT techniques to their repertoire.

2. 'Whole teams' (either in inpatient or community settings) seeking to develop a common approach to DBT and a full DBT Service.

The professional affiliations of people attending our DBT training include: mental health/psychiatric nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, probation officers and others.

Their areas of work include: Adult Mental Health, Children and Adolescents, Older People, Substance Misuse, Forensic, Learning Disability, and Brain Injury.

The DBT Essentials course covers a great deal:

Validation.

Metaphors.

Relentless problem solving.

Contingency management.

Emotion-regulation exercise, especially including the focus on biological elements such as: sleep, exercise, illnesses, circadian rhythm.

Interpersonal effectiveness exercise. To be effective interpersonally proves to be a key skill, and the research evidence is impressive on this. It is therefore one of the four skills taught in DBT, addressing frequent interpersonal issues.

Mindfulness.

Distress tolerance.

Walking the Middle Path

Other skills of DBT.

What the DBT Essentials course will do for you:

What you receive as a result of attending APT's DBT training:

All delegates are registered at APT as having attended the course, and receive a certificate to acknowledge their attendance, registration, and APT-Accreditation at the appropriate level. As a bona fide APT event, this course automatically has accreditation from The Association for Psychological Therapies. This accreditation is given weight by the fact of over 100,000 professionals having attended APT training.

Upon completion of the 3-day course, delegates will receive Level 1 APT Accreditation in DBT.

How can I access this training?

Option 1: Bring the course to your organisation:

We bring this 3-day course to your own organisation for a fixed, all-inclusive fee of £4,165 plus VAT and up to 15 people can attend.

To book, call (UK) 0116 241 8331, or click the button:

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Option 2: Attend course as an individual:

Attend the 3-day course on one of the following dates:

  11-13th September 2017 Fully Booked
  13-15th November 2017
  23-25th January 2018

Venue: College Court, Knighton Road, Leicester, LE2 3UF. (Leicester is in the centre of England, approximately 1 hour by train from London, Sheffield, and Birmingham.)

Cost: £425 plus VAT per person and the fee covers: the tuition, the course workbook, lunch and refreshments each day, and all the benefits listed under 'What you receive as a result of attending the training', above.

To book, call (UK) 0116 241 8331, or click the button:

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Option 3: Study the course online:

*** NEW VERSION NOW AVAILABLE ***

Suitable for individuals or groups of professionals or whole departments / organisations. This course is available to study online - this is a great opportunity to obtain APT-quality input and develop your professional knowledge at a time that is convenient to you and your organisation.

For more information or to purchase this course online, click the button:

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Option 4: 'Train the Trainer':

If you or a colleague are a senior professional (e.g. consultant psychologist) and have a talent for communication and teaching, then you are welcome to apply to become an APT-accredited tutor. You could then tutor the course - or your chosen modules from it - in your own organisation, under license.

This is not only a highly appropriate use of senior professionals, but it also saves your organisation the tutor-component of the fee (around 50%) each time you run it or your chosen modules.

To see the full benefits of this and to see whether you are eligible, click the button:

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Downloadable information sheet:

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APT Accreditation

As a bona fide APT event, this course automatically has accreditation from The Association for Psychological Therapies. This means (i) that it contains the right amount of relevant information for its duration, and (ii) the information is presented in an engaging way, and in a way that will make it likely to be used after the course. APT verifies the accreditation by publishing the delegates' average ratings of relevance and presentation-quality for all its accredited courses. The accreditation is given value by over 100,000 professionals having attended APT courses.

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DBT Essentials Feedback

Feedback Ratings.

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.

Average Presentation rating: 97%

Average Relevance rating: 97%



*These statistics were last updated in April 2017

DBT Essentials Written Feedback

Written Feedback.

APT prides itself on the feedback we receive about our courses. Below are just some of the great comments the DBT Essentials course has received.

"I rarely get anything out of the training that I attend. I can honestly say this course has been an epiphany. I think this is essential training for anybody working in a mental health setting."

"The DBT Essentials course delivered to my team over the three days was exceptional. The pace was well judged, the material presented was relevant and detailed and the style of the workshops was lively and collaborative. My team all remarked on how quickly the time went and how interesting and relevant the exercises were. The three days provided us with an enjoyable shared experience which was great for team morale as well as offering valuable skills."

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