Prepare for DBT Certification

Behavioral Tech is ready to assist you in preparing for DBT certification through the DBT Linehan Board of Certification.

If you want to read directly about the DBT certification process, visit the website for the official DBT certification organization, the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, (DBT-LBC).

Note: Obtaining training or consultation from Behavioral Tech or any other training organization does not assure successful achievement of certification by the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification. DBT-LBC is a 501(c)(6) non-profit that is a separate organization from Behavioral Tech.

Preparing for Clinician Certification

DBT-LBC requires people seeking Clinician Certification to satisfy requires in the following areas:

DBT-Related Education

DBT-LBC requires 40 didactic training hours specific to DBT

BTECH offers comprehensive trainings that will allow you to meet the minimum of 40 didactic training hours specific to DBT. All of our Level 3 trainings meet this requirement.

Clinical Experience in DBT

DBT-LBC requires work sample review

All BTECH workshops, trainings, and online courses specific to DBT can assist with improving clinical skills. Also, with our large network of Trainers & Consultants, we can easily match you with an expert who can best fulfill your consultation needs and offer individualized feedback. Each one can work with you to ensure that you are applying DBT principles (structure, theory, goals/targets and commitments) to fidelity. Contact us to arrange consultation services from one of our DBT experts.

DBT Team Experience

DBT-LBC requires a total of 12 months of participation in one or more DBT Consultation Teams and current participation on a DBT Team

BTECH’s comprehensive Level 3 trainings all include sessions on team functioning. In addition, Level 4 trainings routinely include content on improving the effectiveness of DBT Consultation Teams, and advanced workshops can be developed to address these needs upon request. Our consultation services can be provided to individual teams to work on team effectiveness and cohesion.

DBT Skills: Knowledge and Experience

DBT-LBC requires knowledge and experience of the DBT Skills

Our Level 3 courses include assignments that give you experience with DBT skills training and homework assignments. In addition, you can supplement your knowledge of DBT skills with our 20-hour online skills training course.

Written Exam

DBT-LBC requires completion of a written exam

Behavioral Tech can help you develop the knowledge you need to competently apply the principles and protocols of the treatment. Our Level 3 trainings include a knowledge exam based on the 1993 treatment manual that will test your understanding of the treatment.

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Work Product Demonstration

DBT-LBC requires a case conceptualization and three videos demonstrating your work

All Level 3 trainings require submission of a case formulation that is in line with the requirements for certification. In addition, consultation can be arranged to assist with the selection and review of live work samples from individual therapy sessions or DBT skills training groups. Our Trainers & Consultants will provide precise and effective feedback to help you improve fidelity to the treatment.

Mindfulness Experience

DBT-LBC requires a mindfulness retreat and/or at least one formal training in mindfulness

Consider attending a Linehan mindfulness retreat. Retreats consist of four, daily blocks of sitting in mindfulness and private interviews with retreat teachers. Visit The Linehan Institute to search for upcoming retreats.

Preparing for Program Certification

Program Certification from DBT-LBC requires that the Program’s Team Leader first be certified as an Individual DBT Therapist (see previous section). Programs can use the free self-assessment tool to assess their readiness for certification: DBT-LBC Program Certification Self-Assessment.

All Behavioral Tech Level 3 address the necessary functions and modes of comprehensive DBT programs. The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training includes structured program development tasks and consultation about program implementation.

Behavioral Tech is also able to assess and consult you on your program’s readiness and help you work on any identified areas needing attention.