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Running DBT Skills Development Groups Training

Running DBT Skills-Development Groups.

Running DBT Skills-Development Groups is a 3-day course from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), a leading provider of accredited Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) training courses.

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 organisations and can be attended face-to-face or online. It can also be completed as part of Extended Training DBT course.

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Executive Summary:

This course 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.

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 the relevant level of APT's Accreditation in DBT.


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 for teams and organisations

 for individuals or small groups




For teams and organisations:


Option 1: Face-to-Face Onsite course:

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

Price: $6,600 (plus tutor travel and accommodation expenses) for a group of up to 15 people. Extra delegates: $480 per person. 

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Option 2: Online Live and Exclusive course:

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

Price: $6,600 (plus tutor travel and accommodation expenses) 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). Extra delegates $435 per person. 

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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 (around 50%) each time you run it or your chosen modules.

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For individuals or small groups:

This course is currently only available for teams/organisations. Please register your interest below if you want to attend this course as an individual and we will notify you when it becomes available.

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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


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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  ❯

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 taken from ten runnings of this course.

Average Presentation rating: 97%

Average Relevance rating: 97%



Written Feedback

Written Feedback.

APT prides itself on the feedback we receive about our courses. Below are just some of the great comments the Running DBT Skills- Development Groups course has received.

"Amazing, interesting and challenging in equal measures. A brilliant course for developing skills that can be put into practice straight away."

“Brilliant training - I now feel equipped to start setting up DBT skills groups."

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