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DBT Training FAQs

DBT Training FAQs.

What is the eligibility criteria for APT’s DBT training?

Our DBT courses are for people who are 'post qualification', in other words qualified as clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health nurses, occupational therapists, or social workers. The majority of people who come on the courses are from the first three groups but the important requirement is that attendees have a professional background that has taught them the standard clinical skills and standard professional skills such as confidentiality etc.

What’s the best phased approach to APT’s DBT training?

Our suggestion for a phased approach to the training would be as follows:

Do these courses provide supervision? If not where do we get it from?

No, it is the service’s responsibility to provide supervision. Where do people get it from?

1. Sometimes from local DBT-knowledgeable professionals (often clinical psychologists) either 1:1 or in groups.

2. other times as ‘peer-supervision’ (often people on the course who arrange properly to meet up – often in groups – to provide this for each other).

3. Also the DBT ‘consult’ is an inbuilt form of (peer) supervision.

4. Also our Masterclass has supervision elements in it, but as it is a once-off can’t rightly be regarded as supervision, except as one component of a package.

Are the British Isles the only organization that can accredit DBT Training?

The answer is that it is not the case that the British Isles organization is the only company that accredit courses, anybody can do so, but the question arises as to the worth of the accreditation. In our case our accreditation is backed by fact of over 100,000 professionals having attended APT courses, and the written evaluations suggesting that we are not only the largest provider of DBT training but also delivering the highest quality.

If I attend the extended training in DBT can I say that I am a DBT Therapist and put that on my CV?

Full transparency is always the best policy. So if you successfully complete the extended training, you can rightly add that fact to you CV. You might say something like: I am a clinical psychologist and in 2016 I successfully completed APT’s extended training in DBT. This involved attending 10 days of teaching spread over six months, passing a written exam, and submitting a 4,000-word work-based project at the set level.

If I attend the DBT Essentials course can I say that I am DBT-qualified and put that on my CV?

Full transparency is always the best policy. So if you complete the DBT Essentials course, you can rightly add that fact to you CV. You might say something like: I am a mental health nurse and in 2016 attended APT’s Course DBT Essentials. This involved three teaching days totalling 18 taught hours.

If I study the DBT Essentials course online can I say that I am DBT-qualified / am a DBT therapist and put that on my CV?

Full transparency is always the best policy. So if you successfully complete the DBT Essentials course online, you can rightly add that fact to you CV. You might say something like: I am a mental health nurse and in 2016 successfully completed APT’s Course DBT Essentials online. This is based on APT’s live course DBT Essentials, which in its live version involves three teaching days totalling 18 taught hours.


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  ❯


APT's Accreditation of DBT Practitioners  ❯


DBT Awards  ❯


DBT Centres of Excellence  ❯


What is DBT?  ❯


DBT FAQs  ❯