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The Association for Psychological Therapies offers the following levels of accreditation for DBT practitioners, intended to provide a clear and transparent record of the level competence you are maintaining and to be of high relevance to employers.
The accreditation is given weight by over 125,000 professionals having attended APT courses and thereby gained APT accreditation in their course-subject at levels ranging from 1 to 5, from introductory to advanced.
You might consider levels 1 to 3 as being where you are acquainting yourself with DBT. At levels four and five you might reasonably describe yourself as ‘a DBT therapist‘. Always assuming that you have a relevant underpinning professional qualifications such as psychology, psychiatry, mental health nursing, occupational therapy, or social work.
The Levels below refer to the accreditation you acquire by attending APT training, or by submitting a record of equivalent training you have received from elsewhere for verification by the APT (note, the training must have been completed within the last 3 years).
Your accreditation currently lasts for 3 years, and is renewable by attending a refresher course, sitting an online refresher (DBT Essentials only) or by submitting evidence of practice and reflections thereon. (There is a form available for this, click here.)
Your accreditation lasts for 3 years from the date you completed the more recent course, and is renewable by submitting evidence of practice and reflections thereon, with the prevailing fee. (There is a form available for this, click here.)
APT Accreditation, Level 3 means that you have Level 2 accreditation and also passed the online exam in DBT.
Level 3 accreditation lasts for 3 years, and is renewable by submitting evidence of practice and reflections thereon, with the prevailing fee. (There is a form available for this, click here.)
APT Accreditation, Level 4 means you have Level 3 accreditation and have attended a minimum of at least 3 additional days qualifying training, which will probably be APT's DBT Masterclass or equivalent.
Level 4 accreditation lasts for 3 years, and is renewable by submitting evidence of DBT practice and your reflections on your practice, with the prevailing fee. (There is a form available for this, click here.)
APT Accreditation, Level 5 requires you to have Level 4 accreditation in DBT and additionally submit a set project to an acceptable standard. The purpose of the project is to illustrate that you can effectively apply the knowledge and skills gained from your training to a clinical situation. The pass level for this is demanding, in that the project needs to be at a standard that could be published on this site as an example of APT's Level 5 accreditation in DBT.
Level 5 accreditation is renewable by submitting evidence of practice and your reflections on it, with the prevailing fee. (There is a form available for this, click here.)
The majority of our mental health training courses are provided this way - we come to you and train a group of up to 15 people for an all-inclusive fee.
The majority of our training is provided 'onsite' but for a few of our courses you can come to us. APT is conveniently located centrally in UK.
Obtain APT-quality input at a time that is convenient to you and minimises the need for 'cover' normally associated with training.