What is Certification?

The fol­low­ing infor­ma­tion will guide you through the process of Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion when that becomes avail­able.  Explor­ing this page will help inform you as to what is required as well as help you assess your readi­ness for appli­ca­tion. Cur­rently there is a mech­a­nism for reg­is­ter­ing your inter­est in pur­su­ing Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion by vis­it­ing the “Con­tact Us” page.

The pur­pose of cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in Dialec­ti­cal Behav­ior Ther­apy (DBT) is to insure the client and the pub­lic that the cer­ti­fied clin­i­cian is pro­fi­cient in the under­stand­ing and deliv­ery of DBT at a com­pe­tent level. It requires the indi­vid­ual to have com­pleted at least a Master’s degree or equiv­a­lent in a Behav­ioral Health field, and to have a license to prac­tice in his/her field. It con­veys to the pub­lic that an indi­vid­ual with DBT Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion has been exam­ined and des­ig­nated as hav­ing a spe­cial pro­fi­ciency in the deliv­ery of DBT. It is not a sub­sti­tute for a license, as it does not define the cer­ti­fied practitioner’s scope of practice.

Two areas of DBT prac­tice will be avail­able for the prac­ti­tioner seek­ing Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. These are: Indi­vid­ual Ther­a­pist and Skills Trainer.

In addi­tion to meet­ing edu­ca­tional and super­vi­sory require­ments, the exam process con­sists of two writ­ten exams:  the first is the com­ple­tion of an exam on the prin­ci­ples and prac­tices of Behav­ior Ther­apy; the sec­ond is an exam on the prin­ci­ples and prac­tices of DBT specif­i­cally.  Once the writ­ten exams are passed suc­cess­fully there will be an oral exam to ver­ify com­pe­tency in the abil­ity to con­cep­tu­al­ize the treat­ment and imple­ment it effectively.