Q       When will Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and Accred­i­ta­tion be available?

A        We are still in the work­ing stages of get­ting Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and Accred­i­ta­tion avail­able to those who want to be cer­ti­fied and accred­ited in DBT. We will be post­ing updates peri­od­i­cally indi­cat­ing our progress.

Q       What do I need to do before I can get cer­ti­fied in DBT?

A        Before you can get cer­ti­fied in Dialec­ti­cal Behav­ior Ther­apy, you must be knowl­edge­able in DBT. Review all infor­ma­tion on DBT, a study guide with those mate­ri­als can be found on this site.

Q       I was trained through Behav­ioral Tech’s 10-day DBT train­ing pro­gram.  Will I still be cer­ti­fied to do DBT through BehavioralTech?

A        Behav­ioral Tech has not been directly involved with DBT Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion or Accred­i­ta­tion. The Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of DBT ther­a­pists and Accred­i­ta­tion of DBT pro­grams was launched through the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton (aca­d­e­mic “home” of Dr. Mar­sha Line­han, DBT treat­ment devel­oper) and is now being pre­pared for hand-off to the Inter­na­tional Soci­ety for the Improve­ment and Teach­ing of Dialec­ti­cal Behav­ior Ther­apy (ISITDBT) to admin­is­ter and over­see as the best fit­ting pro­fes­sional soci­ety for DBT. With that said, Behav­ioral Tech has been a huge fan of our push to get this devel­oped and out there. And, just to make it all some­what more con­fus­ing, a lot of the same play­ers are involved in both (i.e., Kathryn Korslund is a trainer for Behav­ioral Tech and the Co-Chair for this cer­ti­fi­ca­tion effort along with Dr. Line­han). The other con­fus­ing piece is that Behav­ioral Tech pro­vides cer­tifi­cates of train­ing at the com­ple­tion of train­ings (which often get con­fused as being syn­ony­mous with or part of certification).

Q       Will this new cer­ti­fi­ca­tion be manda­tory to prac­tice DBT

A        Man­dates, if they develop, will likely spring up from indus­try (e.g., insur­ance pan­els, state agen­cies, insti­tu­tions). As of now, we are not aware of any entity that has plans to man­date DBT Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, though sev­eral are struc­tur­ing reim­burse­ment rates at higher lev­els for those who become certified.

Q       How much will it cost? 

A        At this point, costs to apply for and main­tain cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and/or accred­i­ta­tion is unknown. This will become clearer as the pro­gram fur­ther devel­ops. The goal is to have a self-sustaining bud­get as opposed to a profit dri­ven bud­get, but there remain many unknowns. We are expect­ing that it will be “a few hun­dred dol­lars” to start.

Q       What qual­i­fies as mind­ful­ness practice?

A        Study­ing mind­ful­ness is cer­tainly impor­tant. The goal here is to do more than pay lip ser­vice to the idea of mind­ful­ness as a the­o­ret­i­cal con­cept; rather, it is to set aside pur­pose­ful time for mind­ful activ­ity and apply it in your life.  Any “exam­iner” would be look­ing for your real life appli­ca­tion of mind­ful­ness in your life. This should be daily, applied, per­haps even observ­ing the flames in the fire­place or watch­ing the snow fall inten­tion­ally.  I think once we become truly mind­ful it is dif­fi­cult NOT to be a reg­u­lar practitioner.

Q       The process to become cer­ti­fied seems very intense and time con­sum­ing. Is there a series of train­ings that are offered to become cer­ti­fied in DBT?

A        No, because DBT Ther­a­pist Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion requires mea­sur­ing someone’s demon­stra­tion of their knowl­edge of core prin­ci­ples and skills via exam and work sam­ple, there is no course that, by virtue of attend­ing, could earn one cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. For exam­ple, pre-requisites such as hav­ing a super­vised case or sub­mit­ting a work sam­ple for review could not be accom­plished in the mat­ter of attend­ing a week-long course.

Q       Can I be Cer­ti­fied with­out a DBT team or con­sul­ta­tion group?

A        No, at the time of seek­ing Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, the indi­vid­ual DBT ther­a­pist must be actively par­tic­i­pat­ing on a DBT team.

Q       Can a pro­gram be Accred­ited with­out a DBT team or con­sul­ta­tion group?

A       No, a DBT pro­gram must con­tain at least one DBT team.

Q       What video for­mat will be needed to sub­mit ses­sion tapes?

A       Because sys­tems and sys­tem restric­tions may vary between sites, video for­mat will be deter­mined once the cod­ing assign­ment is made.