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DBT Training Courses

DBT Training Courses.

APT is the leading independent provider of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy training in the UK and Ireland. We can bring any or all of the following DBT training courses to train a group of professionals in your own organisation for a fixed all-inclusive fee, no matter where you are, or you can attend as an individual by coming to us in Leicester. All of the training is accredited by APT and delegates receive the relevant level of APT’s DBT accreditation depending on which course(s) they attend.

DBT Essentials

DBT Essentials.

A 3-day course.

Instruction in the key components of DBT for those who want to add them to their repertoire without necessarily becoming 'a DBT therapist', and for those thinking of taking the first step in becoming a specialised DBT therapist.

DBT brings together a series of skills and techniques which are powerful and well chosen ones, for working with personality disorder as well as in 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. As well as covering the 'overall concept of DBT', it covers its 'essential elements', namely the concepts of: Validation; Metaphor; Relentless Problem Solving; and Contingency Management, and the skills of: Mindfulness; Distress Tolerance; Interpersonal Effectiveness; and Emotional Regulation.

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Running DBT Skills Development Groups

Running DBT Skills-Development Groups.

A 3-day course.

Running skills development groups is an important part of becoming proficient in DBT, and this course provides the coaching and practice to develop such skills.

This course lasts 3 days and is all about learning how to run groups for your clients to help them become skilled in key areas of relevance for them. The rationale is that patients need not only to be motivated, gain insights and knowledge etc, but usually also need to acquire skills in; Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress tolerance.

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The DBT Masterclass

The DBT Masterclass.

A 4-day course.

By attending the DBT Masterclass you are expected to substantially develop both your knowledge of DBT and your skills. 

The major teaching techniques on this course are case presentation and discussion, video-presentations, and reflective exercises (where you analyse and describe the practice of DBT in your workplace). You will gain most benefit from this course if you leave a gap of several months between attending DBT Essentials / Running DBT Skills-Development Groups and this one, developing your DBT skills in those months so your have material to present and discuss on this course.

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Extended Training in DBT

Extended Training in DBT.

A 10-day course.

A course for up to 15 people, providing 60 hours of training, over about 6 months. It Includes exams, plus projects to be completed at work, leading to appropriate APT accreditation.

This is the most comprehensive training in DBT we currently provide, and it has inbuilt APT accreditation to Level 5 for those who complete the relevant exams and projects successfully. It is in three modules, with an online exam and a work-based project.

The first module (3 days) covers ‘the essentials’, especially: Validation, Metaphors, Relentless problem solving, Contingency management; Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, Distress tolerance, Walking the Middle Path, and other skills of DBT. This gives you Level 1 APT accreditation and qualifies you to sit the online exam to acquire Level 2 APT accreditation.

Module Two (3 days) focuses on running skills-development groups effectively, in Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Walking the Middle Path. This uprates your accreditation to Level 3.

Module Three (4 days) is the Masterclass, which gives you APT’s Level 4 accreditation and enables you to: receive the project to work on after the module (for Level 5 accreditation), discuss the application of DBT in your own workplace, share case presentations and discussions, and study relevant video and lecture material.

The overall design is meant to be demanding, but it is also designed to be interesting, relevant, and enjoyable. It is intended that delegates feel that the course is demanding, but also rewarding.

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DBT Accreditation

APT's Accreditation of DBT Practitioners.

APT offers various levels of DBT Accreditation to professionals who have attended APT Training (or similar).

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DBT Awards

DBT Awards.

These annual awards were established to keep people 'enthused' and thinking about how they can apply DBT in their practice.

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DBT Training FAQs


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