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Certificate in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Certificate in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (3 modules/8 days)

The Certificate is based on Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) as developed by Dr Marsha Linehan. The course is designed to provide a detailed training in the “taught elements” of DBT as well as guidance support in their practical application and maintenance through the establishment of Consult Groups.

Approved by the British Psychological Society for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

For obtaining the BPS Approved Certificate each delegate will need to attend the modules of the Certificate plus pass the online test with min 80% result.

Learning outcomes and objectives:

  • Delegates will have an overview of understanding of DBT including its applicability historical development and theoretical underpinnings;
  • Delegates will learn how to recognise Borderline Personality Disorder and symptoms and behaviours associated with it;
  • Delegates will understand the nature and importance of the Commitment stage of DBT and practice the use of techniques and strategies to facilitate it;
  • Delegates will understand the nature and importance of Validation within DBT and practice the use of techniques and strategies associated with it;
  • Delegates will understand the nature and importance of Mindfulness in DBT and practice the use of Mindfulness and its appropriate application;
  • Delegates will understand the nature and importance of behaviour therapy within DBT and practice the use of techniques and strategies associated with it;
  • Delegates will understand the nature and importance of Contingency Management within DBT and practice the use of skills associated with it;
  • Delegates will understand the nature and Problem Solving Skills within DBT and practice the use of techniques and strategies associated with it;
  • Delegates will understand the nature and importance of Exposure techniques within DBT and practice the use of such techniques;
  • Delegates will learn the Dialectical and Stylistic strategies and skills associated with DBT and practice their use;
  • Delegates will understand the nature and importance of Consult Groups within DBT and how they should be used to address the challenges of working with BPD clients;
  • Delegates will learn how to assess and appropriately manage suicidal and self-harming behaviour within a DBT approach;
  • Delegates will learn how to assess and appropriate manage the termination of therapy within DBT.

What is the target audience?

Psychologists, Therapists, Counsellors, OTs, Nurses, Doctors, Arts Therapist, Social Workers, Probation Officers.

The course is set within delegates’ organisational context in order to maximise the practical applicability of the training to their work context. Employer’s perspective and particular requests are taken into account.

The course consists of 3 modules*:

Module 1 (Accreditation Level 1, Foundation)

Introduction to DBT

Course Length & Content: TWO DAY (09.30-17.00)

A broad overview of DBT covering its basic background and key concepts and strategies contained within it.

Covering: commitment; structuring the therapy; validation; Behaviour analysis; dialectical strategies; establishing and delivering a DBT service, and the use of “consult groups” to ensure DBT adherence.

Notes & Comments: This two day course is an open access course designed for those who want a broad introduction to DBT.

It is known that the effectiveness of DBT delivery is enhanced if non-specialist stakeholders in the service (e.g. managers and referral agents) have some understanding of how DBT works. For this reason this TWO DAY course is also of value to those who do not go onto complete the rest of the Certificate.

Module 2 (Accreditation Level 2, Advanced Assessed Academic Competence)

DBT Skills Training Groups (STG):

Course Length & Content: FIVE DAYS (4 courses) in no particular order (09.30-17.00)

Course one: DBT STG on Interpersonal Effectiveness

Course two: DBT STG on Distress Tolerance

Course three: DBT STG on Emotional Regulation

Course four: Mindfulness: How to use it with your clients (2 days)

Training structure of Module 2 consists of:

  • Teaching sessions covering the major DBT strategies and techniques;
  • Modelling of skills;
  • Role plays to develop participants’ own skills;
  • Reflection and discussion sessions;
  • Use of example cases and scenarios.

Modules 1 & 2 are followed by an online multiple choice exam. Pass mark – 80%.

Module 3 (Accreditation Level 3, Clinical Proficiency)

Assessed casebook assignment, consult group attendance, reports and test

Participants will be asked over a period of subsequent 6-24 months following Module 2 to:

  • Take on at least one individual DBT client
  • Provide part of a videoed session with a client demonstrating the use of at least three commitment building strategies during the commitment phase
  • Deliver at least one complete cycle of a DBT skills training group (confirmatory reference required)
  • Attend consult group regularly with monthly reports to the course tutor*
  • Complete assigned reading
  • Complete a DBT casebook*
  • Prepare a presentation of the casebook*

The course tutor will provide UNLIMITED email support during the 6 month period.

Casebooks forwarded for marking to SDS at least 14 days before meeting the course tutor again.

The meeting with the course tutor will cover feedback on casebook, consult group reports and video submission.

*Format of these to be provided on signing up.

Completion of all 3 modules will lead to a British Psychological Society Approved Certificate in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

Course Leaders:

Catherine Parker
Accredited CBT Therapist

Catherine Parker has many years of clinical experience, working in Community Mental Health services in London and Derbyshire. She completed her intensive DBT training in 2001. She was a founder member of the Derbyshire DBT Service, delivering full programme DBT for over 15 years. She qualified in CBT in 2008, and has practiced as a CBT psychotherapist in both primary and secondary care settings. She is currently the Service Manager & Clinical Lead of the CBT Service in the Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, treating service users with severe and complex needs, as well as supervising both CBT and DBT therapists.

Catherine's focus on clinical work has informed her training activities. Throughout her career as a psychotherapist, she has delivered DBT workshops within her NHS Trust and at local universities, sharing her practical experience of using DBT principles to treat a variety of diagnoses in both IAPT and Community Mental Health settings. She has been the Chair of the DBT Special Interest Group of the BABCP since 2013, and has participated in a number of symposia and other events featuring DBT at the BABCP national conferences.

Marie Wassberg
Accredited CBT Therapist

Marie qualified as a CBT therapist at Goldsmiths University, London, 2003. She is registered with the HCPC and Accredited with BABCP in the UK. Marie has Diploma in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), gained in 2010, where she trained with Dr Elizabeth Malmquist and Dr Anita Linnér (Sweden), as well as with Professor Alan Fruzzetti and Professor Jill Rathus (USA). She is also trained in Trauma Focused-CBT, including Supervisor training; Prolonged Exposure; and DBT for Schools (STEPS-A). Marie has been part of developing many DBT-informed programmes in different settings, mainly for children, adolescents and families, but also for young adults (18-25), both in Sweden and in England. In 2018 Marie offered support and DBT-informed training to a group of mothers in Mexico in how to help their children manage their emotions in a healthier way.

Marie has been a guest lecturer at universities in Sweden, a facilitator at workshops at Conferences and training events throughout the UK (NOTA, BABCP and the Priory), in Sweden (Schools, Social Services and Care homes) and the USA (ATSA). She has also offered training and supervision to other professionals who work with children and adolescents in how to improve relationships and regulate emotions in a DBT-informed approach.

Marie is running her own practice where she is seeing 2-25 years old in individual sessions; running DBT-skills groups for 16-30 years old and DBT-informed training for parents/carers individually or in group; as well as offering supervision and training to professionals.

As a therapist, Marie has worked for many years with children and adolescents who have been sexually abused, suffered from complex trauma or experienced other kinds of trauma and/or who displayed harmful sexual behaviours. Over the last few years the client group increased to include: deliberate self-harm; suicidal thoughts; depression; and anxiety among other difficulties. Marie also has experience of working with children and adolescents presenting with challenging behaviours, autism spectrum disorder (especially high functioning), ADHD and other Neuro Developmental Disorders.

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