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DBT Training Courses

DBT Essentials (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy training).

DBT Essentials is a 3-day course from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), a leading provider of accredited Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) training courses in the UK and Ireland.

It gives you a thorough coverage of the basics in DBT, it is APT-accredited, and has access to important resources for you to use post-course. It can be your introduction to DBT or as the first step to establishing a full DBT service. The course is available in the following formats and can also be completed as part of the Extended Training DBT course and The APT Diploma in Psychological Therapies:

Live Webinar - learn from your home or workplace, webinars are live and pleasantly interactive and you receive the same credits as on live training.

Online Course - engaging and relevant, the APT’s online courses receive terrific feedback and you receive the same credits as on live training.

Onsite - we bring the tutor and the training to you for a group of up to 15 people. Or, if you have an APT accredited tutor they can deliver the training in-house for half the standard fee. (Available when not in COVID-19 lock-down; plan ahead for this if you wish.)

Open - you come to us at the University of Leicester’s College Court facility, about an hour by train from London, Birmingham, and Sheffield.

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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 important therapist-skills in 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.

Booking this training is easy.


Option 1: Live webinar:

This course can be provided as a live webinar for groups and individuals. A webinar typically takes slightly less time than the live course on which it is based (because of less group discussion and group exercises) but they have equivalence in accreditation and are live and pleasingly interactive.

Delegates can be anywhere that is conducive to concentrating, all together or separate, so long as they have access to a computer with a good internet connection. And as a manager, you have ‘guaranteed completion’: you only pay for delegates who successfully complete (minimum 15).

Exclusive Live Webinars (for groups)

  £3,870 plus VAT for a group of up to 15 people (price includes a workbook for every delegate).

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Open Live Webinar (for Individuals)

  28-30 July 2020 (This is a 3-day webinar.)
  10am - 3pm daily (Including an hour for lunch.)
  £320 plus VAT per person (Includes hardcopy workbook.)

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Option 2: Study the course online:

  £180 plus VAT per person.

Suitable for individuals, groups, or whole departments and organisations, this course is available to study online. The online course has accreditation equivalence to the live version and is involving and relevant.

This is a great opportunity to obtain APT-quality professional development at a time that is convenient to you and your organisation. Click here for more information about DBT training online.

If you are a manager wanting to arrange the online courses for your team or organisation, phone us on 0116 241 8331 or email office@apt.ac 

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Option 3: Bring the course to your organisation:

We bring this 3-day course to your own organisation for a fixed, all-inclusive fee of £4,495 plus VAT and up to 15 people can attend. (Available when not in COVID-19 lock-down; plan ahead for this if you wish.)

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

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Option 4: Attend this course at the University of Leicester’s College Court facility:

DBT Essentials, 3 days, £460 plus VAT per person. Choose from the following dates:.

  14-16 September 2020
  23-25 November 2020
  22-24 March 2021
  15-17 June 2021
  21-23 September 2021
  14-16 December 2021

Venue: College Court, Knighton Road, Knighton, Leicester, LE2 3UF (about an hour by train from London, Sheffield, and Birmingham). Or attend remote and interactively via Teams.

The fee covers: tuition, workbook, lunch and refreshments each day, registration on the APT database, and certificate of accreditation/attendance.

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

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Option 5: '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 100,000 professionals having attended APT courses.

DBT Courses and Resources


DBT Training Courses  ❯


DBT Essentials  ❯


Running DBT Skills-Development Groups  ❯


The DBT Masterclass  ❯


Extended Training in DBT  ❯


DBT-A: DBT for Adolescents  ❯


DBT Accreditation  ❯


DBT Awards  ❯


DBT Centres of Excellence  ❯


What is DBT?  ❯


How to become a DBT therapist  ❯


DBT FAQs  ❯

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: 99%

Average Relevance rating: 98%



*These statistics were last updated in November 2019

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 Distance Learning Classroom
Access Modes Onsite, Online, Open
Onsite Course Onsite Course Booking Form
Online Course Online Course Details & Registration
Open Course Open Course Booking Form
Upcoming open training dates: 01/04/2020 Fully booked
14/09/2020
23/11/2020
Course Tutor APT Accredited Tutor
Course Code DBT001
RATING (9.9/10):
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