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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Intensive Training™

Course Name:

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Intensive Training™

Course Date:

Part I: 19-23 April 2021
Part II: 17-21 January 2022

Course Location:

Live and Online via Zoom

Course Level:


Course Length:

10 days

Course Description

Intensive training consists of two, five-day online training seminars separated by an interval of approximately six to eight months. During the interval, teams undertake the development of DBT programs, the clinical application of DBT and other specified homework.

Training is conducted with teams (between 4 & 8 practitioners), as DBT recognises that therapists need a supportive system in order to sustain work with this client group. A team is defined as a group of clinicians who regularly meet and work together. Teams should be formed and meeting regularly prior to commencing training.

Team members must commit to attending both parts of the intensive training and be in a position to undertake development work in the period between the training blocks. This requires each member of the team to commit a minimum of one to one-and-a-half days per week each to the joint development of skills and experience. Management support of this should be arranged prior to commencing training. It is not possible to accept individual applications for training, nor is it possible for teams to attend for a reduced time period.

During Part One of the Intensive, teams will learn more about the practice of DBT, both individual therapy, skills group training, telephone consultations, and case management strategies via didactic presentations, role plays and other clinical exercises, together with viewing and discussing video-taped clinical material. Teams have the opportunity to think about the implementation of DBT within their own settings and to receive guidance on how to adapt DBT to unique aspects of their own services.

Part Two of the Intensive requires teams to present their work, developed during the intervening months, for discussion with the trainers and other teams. Teams are required to present a protocol for delivering DBT within their own clinical setting and present a clinical case they have treated over the period of training. There is opportunity for further therapy skills development and the aim is to consolidate the teams’ work and enable it to proceed confidently.

DBT is an integrative therapy based on behavioural and cognitive principles. Clinicians from a range of professional and therapeutic backgrounds have trained and are training in DBT, including former psychodynamic therapists. However it is essential for potential DBT therapists to have and/or be open to learning and applying basic behavioural principles. Each team should have at least one member with a background in psychology and one with a background in CBT.


The Team must contain at least one person with an advanced degree in Psychology (Forensic, Clinical or Counselling), and ideally one person with advanced psychotherapy training, (either as part of a university degree or equivalent accreditation).

All applicants require a core professional qualification in mental health (e.g. nursing, psychiatry, psychology, social work).


Dr Janet Feigenbaum

Dr Janet Feigenbaum

Consultant Trainer

amy gaglia

Amy Gaglia Essletzbichler

Senior Trainer


Supporting Materials

dbt book

Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder & DBT Skills Training Manual Bundle

Description – Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder
For the average clinician, clinic, or inpatient facility, individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD) often represent the most difficult and insoluble cases.
Description – DBT Skills Training Manual
This comprehensive resource provides vital tools for implementing DBT Skills Training. The teaching notes and reproducible handouts and worksheets used for over two decades by hundreds of thousands of therapists have been significantly revised and expanded to reflect important new research and clinical advances.


Course Costs

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Commissioned Courses Available:

Yes - For Groups 24+

Course Levels

Level 1: Introduction to DBT: Learn the basic principles of DBT and decide if it is right for you and your clients
Level 2: Therapy Essentials: Apply DBT principles and how DBT skills can integrate into your existing practice. You may also choose to offer DBT skills training groups.
Level 3: Comprehensive Training in Standard DBT: Implement a full DBT program, based on the original model developed and researched by Dr. Marsha Linehan
Level 4: Advanced DBT Training and Adaptations: Learn how to adapt DBT for special populations (e.g., children, adolescents)