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The APT Awards for Excellence



The APT Awards for Excellence 2021

The APT Award for Excellence in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

These annual awards were established to help keep people enthusiastic about how they can apply DBT in their practice.

Application is simple: just 2,000 words, and the preparedness to present your submission at a mini conference at the University of Leicester's College Court facility (date TBC) if you are selected as a finalist, and the winner is announced at the end of that day.

Entry is free and the closing date for submissions is 31st July 2021. The application may be on your own behalf or on behalf of your service, and each successful submission will be published on our website. The main motivator is the status of winning the award itself as well as presenting in the finals if you are selected.

The benefit of receiving such an award is primarily in satisfaction and status. The tangible benefit is in the form of a certificate, which states your receipt of the award. You will also be able to put the award winner logo and words “Recipient of the APT Award for Excellence in DBT 2021” on your letters / emails, if you wish.

What the award looks for is:

A) a description of an intervention with a patient or group of patients,

B) the intervention will feature DBT largely, although not necessarily being the only intervention you make with this patient / patient-group,

C) what you describe should “inspire” other people who read it – they should have ideas they want to implement in their practice too.

How to apply

To apply, there is a simple procedure and it is free of charge:

1. Write the project of up to 2,000 words.

2. Send it off to us to get to us by the end of July (email submissions to office@apt.ac).

3. If you are shortlisted for an award, present your project at a mini-conference at the University of Leicester's College Court facility, where other professionals will also present their submissions. 10-15 minutes per paper. It’s free to attend for presenters (one per submission), £95 plus VAT for non-members, and £75 plus VAT for members.

4. Sit back and hope yours is the winner. The winner will be announced and awarded that day. Being a finalist itself is something you can put on their emails, letterheads or whatever, and we’re hoping that people will be proud to do so!


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The APT Awards for Excellence 2021  ❯


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