Independently licensed, master’s prepared mental health professionals, including:
A detailed listing of eligible professionals can be found here.
A minimum of 21 hours of continuing education or professional development training, with 18 of those hours specific to Dialectical Behavior Therapy topics and 3 of those hours specific to suicide and risk assessment. Additionally, the applicant must attest that he/she has read at least two practitioner books on Dialectical Behavior Therapy as a theoretical orientation, two books on DBT skills, and the APA policy on Evidence-Based Practice of Psychology. Click here for details.
Pre-approved, 3rd party trainings that meet the training requirements for Certification include:
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The applicant must attest that, over the course of their career, he/she has conducted a minimum of 500 therapy hours using Dialectical Behavior Therapy as a theoretical orientation. Additionally, the applicant must attest to the use of clinical outcome evaluation procedures to monitor and adjust therapy consistent with the APA policy on evidence-based practice.
To maintain Certification, a reapplication is required. After your initial 2-year Certification, you can renew for 2 years. A 2-year renewal requires 12 clock hours of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Suicide Risk Assessment/Intervention, Crisis Intervention, Personality Disorders, Mindfulness, Emotional Regulation and/or Behavioral Analysis-focused continuing education or professional development training since you were last Certified.
Sample recertification trainings include:
Complete details can be found here.
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