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Extended Training in DBT

Extended Training in DBT.

'Extended Training in DBT' provides 60 hours of training and includes an online exam and Masterclass, leading to Level 4 APT-Accreditation in DBT if completed successfully. This 10-day course is from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), a leading provider of accredited Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) training courses in the UK and Ireland, for professionals working in mental health and related areas.

It is the only DBT training that is APT-accredited and also gives you access to APT’s relevant downloadable resources for use post-course. The course is available for teams and individuals and can be attended face-to-face or online. 

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Executive Summary:

APT has been providing training in DBT since 2003, during which time we have seen the popularity, areas of use, and influence of the approach grow steadily to point it is at today. This extended training in DBT is the most comprehensive training in DBT we provide, and has inbuilt APT accreditation to Level 4 for those who complete the relevant exams and Masterclass successfully.

People who attend this course normally fall into one of two categories:

1. Groups of professionals who see patients in 1:1 treatment settings, have a significant degree of clinical skill, and wish to become proficient in DBT applied to a range of conditions such as personality disorders, depression, anxieties, etc.

2. 'Whole teams' (either in primary or secondary care settings) seeking to develop a unified level of proficiency in DBT and possibly establish a full DBT service comprising (a) professionals delivering 1:1 sessions, (b) professionals delivering skills training groups, and (c) a Consult service to ensure adherence to the model, address specific difficulties, maintain professionals' enthusiasm etc.

The professional affiliations of people attending this course include: mental health/psychiatric nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, and others working in a variety of settings including: Adult Mental Health, Children and Adolescents, personality disorder and challenging behaviour facilities, and Substance Misuse.

The Rationale:

The development of our Extended Training in DBT provides you with 60 hours training spread over a maximum of 12 months.

The way the system works is this: the first course covers 'key skills'; course two teaches how to run DBT Skills Training Groups, and course three (which can be taken in two parts if required) is the Masterclass, where work is discussed, cases are presented and discussed, videos are studied, and the application of DBT to different presentations is examined.

Course 1: DBT Essentials (3 days):

The first section covers Validation, Metaphors, Problem Solving, and Contingency management…



Relentless problem solving.

Contingency management.

The second section overviews Skills training, in Mindfulness. Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Walking the Middle Path.


Interpersonal Effectiveness.


Distress tolerance.

Walking the Middle Path.

Other skills of DBT.

Accreditation: This course gives you Level 1 APT accreditation and qualifies you to sit the online exam to acquire Level 2 APT accreditation.

Course 2: Running DBT Skills-Development Groups (3 days):

Course two lasts 3 days and is all about teaching delegates how to run skills development groups. These are an important part of becoming proficient in DBT, the rationale being that patients need not only to be motivated, gain insights and knowledge etc, but usually also need to acquire skills in:

This course is therefore all about coaching and practice. Every delegate will be expected to run such a group at least once (possibly jointly with another delegate), and will receive constructive feedback on their performance, and time to re-practice. The aim is to return every delegate to their workplace proficient in running DBT Skills Training Groups.

Linehan has some excellent patient-handouts for all these topics, photocopiable from the Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder. Every delegate is therefore given a copy of this manual or the similar manual by Rathus and Miller, as part of the course, so they can legitimately copy those handouts.

Accreditation: This course uprates your APT Level 2 accreditation to APT Level 3.

Course 3: The Masterclass (4 days):

The major teaching techniques on this course are case presentation and discussion, video-presentations, and reflective exercises, so delegates are expected to substantially develop both their knowledge and their skills during the four days.

Delegates have the opportunity to do several things:

What this course will do for you:


Each course may be studied separately if required. For example, a group may start by just attending Course One (DBT Essentials). Then a little later, they may decide to sit the online exam. Then to attend Module Two (Running DBT Skills-Development Groups). Later again they may decide to attend course 3 (The DBT Masterclass) and then work on a project. This way a group can gradually enhance its level of APT-Accreditation.

Note: Because of the case material likely to be discussed, you must have a professional qualification which insists upon patient confidentiality, to attend this course.

Assessment and Accreditation:

DBT Accreditation: Level 4

To obtain APT's DBT Accreditation Level 4, delegates must attend all the taught days, and pass the associated online exam.

View more details about APT's DBT Accreditation

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.

Booking this training is easy...

Booking Options...

 for individuals or small groups

 for teams and organisations

For individuals or small groups:

Option 1: 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:

Course 1: DBT Essentials or DBT for Adolescents (3-days)

  10-12 October 2022 ~ DBT-A Fully Booked
  25-27 October 2022 (*Afternoon/Evening Times) Fully Booked
  1-3 November 2022 Fully Booked
  12-14 December 2022 Fully Booked
  25-27 January 2023
  13-15 March 2023 ~ DBT-A Fully Booked
  20-22 March 2023
  19-21 April 2023 ~ DBT-A (Afternoon/Evening Times)
  8-10 May 2023 (Afternoon/Evening Times)
  12-14 June 2023
  6-8 September 2023 ~ DBT-A
  20-22 September 2023
  1-3 November 2023
  11-13 December 2023
  8-10 January 2024
  11-13 March 2024 ~ DBT-A
  18-20 March 2024

Course 2: Running DBT Skills-Development Groups (3-days)

  10-12 October 2022 Fully Booked
  9-11 January 2023 Fully Booked
  13-15 February 2023
  3-5 May 2023
  6-8 June 2023 (Afternoon/Evening Times)
  9-11 October 2023
   22-24 January 2024

Course 3: The DBT Masterclass (4-days)

  29 Nov - 2 Dec 2022
  30 Jan - 2 Feb 2023 (Afternoon/Evening Times)
  28 Feb - 3 March 2023
  3-6 July 2023
  27-30 Nov 2023
  23-26 Jan 2024 (Afternoon/Evening Times)
  19-22 March 2024

Price: £1,175 plus VAT per person. The fee covers: tuition, hardcopy workbook*, certification, registration, and accreditation. Times: 10am - 4pm (UK) daily, including 45 minutes for lunch (3pm–9pm for evening events).

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

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For teams and organisations:

Option 1: Online Live and Exclusive course:

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

Price: £14,350 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 £10 per extra address, per course). Extra delegates £950 plus VAT per person.

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Option 2: Face-to-Face Onsite course:

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

Price: £19,700 plus VAT for a group of up to 15 people. Extra delegates: £1,300 plus VAT per person.

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

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Option 3: '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 each time you run it or your chosen modules (50% of the 'Online Live and Exclusive' fee, regardless of whether the course is held Face-to-Face or Online).

To see the full benefits of this and to see whether you are eligible, click the button:

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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.

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  ❯


Feedback Ratings

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, which are updated periodically.


Presentation: 96%

Relevance: 96%

Online Live

Presentation: 95%

Relevance: 96%

Written Feedback


APT prides itself on the feedback we receive about our courses. Below are just some of the great comments the Extended Training in DBT course has received.

“Oh my goodness... where to start... Hard work, thought provoking but ultimately very inspiring. The tutor's style of delivery brought to life the previous 6 days of training and enabled me to visualise how a DBT service might work with our partners in NPS. She also gave me confidence in myself to take these skills forward into my everyday practice. Thanks!"

“Once again, thank you for really fantastic training. The examples you provide are always so thought provoking and relevant. Invaluable experience of actually running a group. Thanks very much"

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Extended Training in DBT: A Dialectical Behaviour Therapy course from APT

Course Overview

Course Title Extended Training in DBT
Category Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Accreditation Offered APT Accreditation Level 4
Rating (9.8/10)
Duration 10 days
CPD Hours Earned 60
Location(s) Onsite Course Venue: Various (at your organisation)
Open Course Venue: College Court Conference Centre
Access Modes Onsite, Open
Onsite Course Onsite Course Booking Form
Open Course Open Course Booking Form
Upcoming open training dates: To be confirmed
To be confirmed
To be confirmed
Course Tutor APT Accredited Tutor
Course Code DBT004