The 'Extended Training in DBT' provides 60 hours of training and includes an online exam and project to be completed at work, leading to the Level 5 APT-Accreditation in DBT if completed successfully. APT is the leading independent provider of DBT training courses and we bring the training to your own organisation, wherever you are in Canada.
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 5 for those who complete the relevant exams and projects successfully.
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 behavior facilities, and Substance Misuse.
The development of our Extended Training in DBT provides you with 60 hours training spread over a maximum of 6 months.
The way the system works is this: the first module covers 'key skills'; Module two teaches how to run DBT Skills Training Groups, and Module three (which can be taken in two parts if required) is the Masterclass, where projects are set and discussed, cases are presented and discussed, videos are studied, and the application of DBT to different presentations is examined.
The first section covers Validation, Metaphors, Problem Solving, and Contingency management…
Relentless problem solving.
The second section overviews Skills training, in Mindfulness. Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Walking the Middle Path.
Walking the Middle Path.
Other skills of DBT.
Accreditation: This module gives you Level 1 APT accreditation and qualifies you to sit the online exam to acquire Level 2 APT accreditation.
Module 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 module 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 module uprates your APT Level 2 accreditation to APT Level 3.
There is relatively little lecturing in this module, and delegates are nevertheless expected to substantially develop both their knowledge and their skills during the course of this four days.
Delegates have the opportunity to do several things:
Finally, projects designed to demonstrate delegates' ability to apply their knowledge, will be set. These are for completion at work over the following 6-12 months, and are up to 4,000 words long, describing the treatment of a patient with a DBT-applicable condition.
Accreditation: This module uprates your APT Level 3 accreditation to APT Level 4 and enables you to receive the project to work on after the module (for Level 5 accreditation).
Each module may be studied separately if required. For example, a group may start by just attending Module One. Then a little later, they may decide to sit the online exam. Then to attend Module Two. Later again they may decide to attend the 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.
DBT Accreditation: Level 5
To obtain APT's DBT Accreditation Level 5, delegates must attend all the taught days, pass the associated online exam, and also obtain at least a pass mark (50%) in a set written project.
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.
Option 1: Bring the course to your organisation:
We bring this 10-day course to your own organisation for a fixed fee of $20,900 (plus GST/HST, tutor travel and accommodation expenses) and up to 15 people can attend.
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Option 2: '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.
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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: 98%
Average Relevance rating: 97%
*These statistics were last updated in April 2017
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"