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DBT Essentials (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy training).

DBT Essentials is a 3-day course from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), a leading provider of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) training courses. It is the only training that has automatic APT-accreditation and access to APT's post-course resources.

It gives you a thorough introduction to DBT, it is APT-accredited, and has access to important resources for you to use post-course. It can be your first step to establishing a full DBT service, or for you to use as an individual professional. The course is available for teams and individuals and can be attended face-to-face or online. It can also be completed as part of the Extended Training in DBT course.

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Executive Summary:

Put at its simplest, DBT hinges on teaching important life and psychological skills to those who need them, and then supporting them in applying those skills in real life. Both elements can sometimes be challenging and DBT has developed to overcome those challenges.

DBT Essentials covers the delivery of effective DBT at its most relevant, including: impulsivity, lack of emotional control, interpersonal problems, high risk behaviours, including suicidal behaviour and non-suicidal self-injury.

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, and others.

This course covers a great deal:

OVERARCHING THEORY AND KNOWLEDGE.

The 4 'modes' (key components) of DBT.

Linehan's Biosocial model.

Higher order skills of DBT.

THERAPIST KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS MAINLY USED IN 1:1 SESSIONS:

Validation.

Metaphors.

Relentless problem solving.

Contingency management.

AN EXTENDED OVERVIEW OF THE SKILLS TAUGHT TO CLIENTS IN GROUPS

Emotion-regulation.

Interpersonal effectiveness.

Core Mindfulness skills.

Distress tolerance.

Walking the Middle Path

What this 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 125,000 professionals having attended APT training.

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

You are also entitled to sit an online exam to uprate your APT-accreditation in DBT to Level 2.


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Booking Options...

 for individuals or small groups

 for teams and organisations




For individuals or small groups:

Option 1: Online Anytime course:

a pre-recorded course you can study any time.

An engaging and relevant online course that can be started and accessed at any time and completed at your own pace, taking breaks to assimilate and practice the skills as they are introduced.

Price: £190 plus VAT per person. The fee covers: 3 years access to the course, certification, registration, and Level 2 APT Accreditation by completing the course and inbuilt exam.
Guaranteed completion; full refund if you don’t complete for any reason.

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Option 2: Online Live course:

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 (3-days):

  26-28 July 2021 Fully Booked
  21-23 September 2021 Fully Booked
  19-21 October 2021  3pm–8pm (UK) daily
  1-3 November 2021  10am–3pm (UK) daily
  14-16 December 2021  10am–3pm (UK) daily
  31 Jan - 2 Feb 2022  10am–3pm (UK) daily
  21-23 March 2022<  10am–3pm (UK) daily
  13-15 June 2022  10am–3pm (UK) daily
  21-23 September 2022  10am–3pm (UK) daily
  1-3 November 2022  10am–3pm (UK) daily
  12-14 December 2022  10am–3pm (UK) daily

Price: £335 plus VAT per person. The fee covers: tuition, hardcopy workbook*, certification, registration, and accreditation at APT’s Level 1, with option to sit the online exam to upgrade to Level 2. Times: 10am - 3pm (UK) daily, including 45 minutes for lunch (if course times differ, they will be marked next to the dates above).

*PDF workbooks are sent to those outside of the UK.

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For teams and organisations:

Option 1: Online Anytime course:

Engaging and relevant online course, your colleagues attend from home or workplace at times that suit.

Price: £190 plus VAT per person. (Guaranteed completion; full refund for those that don’t complete for any reason.)

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Option 2: Online Live and Exclusive course:

Live, interactive online course exclusively for your team or organisation.

Price: £4,060 plus VAT for a group of up to 15 people (workbooks for every delegate are included in this price - if you require workbooks being sent to more than one location, there is an extra charge of £5 per extra address). Extra delegates £252 plus VAT per person.

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Option 3: Face-to-Face Onsite course:

We bring the course and tutor to you, for an all-inclusive fee.

Price: £4,720 plus VAT for a group of up to 15 people. Extra delegates: £315 plus VAT per person.

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

Click here to download a printable information Sheet


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NICE guidelines relevant to this course:

Borderline personality disorder: recognition and management (CG78)  ❯


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 125,000 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 taken from ten runnings of this course.

Average Presentation rating: 99%

Average Relevance rating: 98%



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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DBT Essentials: A Dialectical Behaviour Therapy course from APT

Course Overview

Course Title DBT Essentials
Category Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Accreditation Offered APT Accreditation Level 1
Rating (9.9/10)
Duration 3 days
CPD Hours Earned 18
Location(s) Onsite Course Venue: Various (at your organisation)
Open Course Venue: College Court Conference Centre
Online Course Venue: APT Online Portal
Online Live Course Venue: Online via Zoom
Access Modes Onsite, Online Anytime, Open, Online Live
Onsite Course Onsite Course Booking Form
Online Live and Exclusive Course Online Live and Exclusive Course Booking Form
Online Live Course Online Live Course Booking Form
Online Course Online Course Details & Registration
Open Course Open Course Booking Form
Upcoming open training dates: 28/07/2020
14/09/2020
23/11/2020
22/03/2021
15/06/2021
21/09/2021
14/12/2021
Course Tutor APT Accredited Tutor
Course Code DBT001
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