Welcome to Society for DBT’s Accreditation Pages

Why Accredit: in the words of your accredited colleagues

Daniel Photo[1] Mr Daniel Flynn says:

As a Clinical Psychologist I am very conscious of providing interventions that are evidence based and are delivered as adherently as possible so we can insure we are providing the highest standard and quality of care to people attending mental health services in Ireland. Working towards and achieving status as an accredited DBT therapist highlights to the general public this commitment to providing quality service. It also communicates to our colleagues and service managers that our training and experience in a specific model of intervention is recognised by expert peers as being at an agreed standard to insure safe and effective practice. As part of the national implementation of DBT we have made sure that all staff that train in DBT have access to group supervision so that they can improve and hone their skills working towards accreditation with SfDBT. Accreditation validates the work and commitment that you have given using DBT as a vehicle for positive change for clients with complex mental health presentations.

I became an accredited DBT therapist in January 2015 because I wanted to be recognised for having a high level of competence in DBT, consistently adherent in the therapy, and therefore providing the best quality of care for my DBT clients. Being an accredited DBT therapist has increased my skill, competence and confidence in delivering DBT. Being recognised as an accredited DBT therapist has opened up opportunities for me within the NHS trust that I work, enabling me to be involved in providing training and supervision for those that are new in the therapy.” Dr. Becky Wallace, Clinical Psychologist becky
And finally Mr Darryl Christie says:darryl

I essentially wanted to go for DBT accreditation for several reasons, it was an opportunity to understand where I was in terms of my own progress and understanding of the model. Since gaining accreditation it has given me more confidence in my abilities especially knowing I am adherent (mostly). I feel more able to contribute in consultation and in training others. Every now and then I get an email from someone who is struggling or from a relative asking for advice or guidance and it gives me an opportunity to put them in touch with others who can help them out. I just like that and it costs me nothing.

Our aim / goal in providing an accreditation process for practitioners is to ensure that service users and their families can be assured that their practitioner is offering DBT to a recognised standard and that employers can be sure that their staff are appropriately qualified for their roles.

We are affiliated with the Linehan Board of Certification in the USA which has recently launched a certification process for individual DBT therapist.

In the UK and Ireland, we have opted for an accreditation, rather than certification process; however in terms of local customs accreditation actually fulfils the same function of certification in the USA.

Thus our accreditation process involves a board or experts (the Board of Accreditation) which provides an independent assessment of the knowledge, skills, and/or competencies required for competent performance of a professional role or specific work-related tasks that insures to the clients and other professionals that the accredited provider is considered competent to deliver Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.  Accreditation also is intended to measure or enhance continued competence through on-going maintenance of accreditation requirements.

Accept No Substitutes

Many therapists train in DBT, but not all who do are actually adherent to the DBT model.  Substitute treatments may have no or, at worst, catastrophic results. A roster of accredited mental health practitioners is needed to ensure therapists are providing DBT with fidelity to DBT as it has been scientifically validated.

Since 1991 when the first randomized, controlled trial supporting the efficacy of Dialectical Behavior Therapy was published, the behavioural health community and its stakeholders have had an ever-increasing interest in the development of standards that insure that individuals and programs delivering DBT are doing so with fidelity to the model.

As more studies were done and dissemination of the treatment began in earnest, the need for these types of standards has become increasingly important to a number of concerned parties including:

  • Individuals in need of treatment.
  • Family members and loved ones of those in need of treatment.
  • NHS, third sector providers and commissioners
  • Practitioners, researchers and treatment developers.
  • Professional societies and organizations
  • The concerns of these stakeholders include:
  • Individuals have the right to be informed regarding the credentials of a provider
  • Individuals receiving care, their family members and loved ones have the right to some measure of assurance the provider is capable of giving the “best care” possible.
  • Commissioners and health care managers have to manage resources by providing access to quality care while managing health care funding in the most effective and efficient manner possible.
  • Clinicians have the right to be recognized for providing high quality services, thus distinguishing the provider from others less qualified.








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