Background

Since 1991 when the first ran­dom­ized, con­trolled trial sup­port­ing the effi­cacy of Dialec­ti­cal Behav­ior Ther­apy was pub­lished, the behav­ioral health com­mu­nity and its stake­hold­ers have had an ever-increasing inter­est in the devel­op­ment of stan­dards that insure that indi­vid­u­als and pro­grams deliv­er­ing DBT are doing so with fidelity to the model.

As more stud­ies were done and dis­sem­i­na­tion of the treat­ment began in earnest, the need for these types of stan­dards has become increas­ingly impor­tant to a num­ber of con­cerned par­ties including:

  • Indi­vid­u­als in need of treatment.
  • Fam­ily mem­bers and loved ones of those in need of treatment.
  • Third-party pay­ers.
  • Prac­ti­tion­ers, researchers and treat­ment developers.
  • Pro­fes­sional soci­eties and organizations

The con­cerns of these stake­hold­ers include:

  • Indi­vid­u­als have the right to be informed regard­ing the cre­den­tials of a provider
  • Indi­vid­u­als receiv­ing care, their fam­ily mem­bers and loved ones have the right to some mea­sure of assur­ance the provider is capa­ble of giv­ing the “best care” possible.
  • Third party pay­ers have an oblig­a­tion to man­age health care resources by pro­vid­ing access to qual­ity care, while man­ag­ing health care fund­ing in the most effec­tive and effi­cient man­ner possible.
  • Clin­i­cians have the right to be rec­og­nized for pro­vid­ing high qual­ity ser­vices, thus dis­tin­guish­ing the provider from oth­ers less qualified.

Given these con­cerns, in the sum­mer of 2005, the work­group for Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and Accred­i­ta­tion was formed to develop a com­pre­hen­sive way to cer­tify indi­vid­ual ther­a­pists in their com­pe­tency to deliver DBT effec­tively and to accredit pro­grams that demon­strate their abil­ity to deliver DBT pro­gram­mat­i­cally with fidelity to the model as it has been researched.

Much has been accom­plished despite numer­ous and var­ied road­blocks to the process.  The actual ful­fill­ment of the need for Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and Accred­i­ta­tion is mov­ing for­ward.  Please check this web­page fre­quently for updates through­out the year.