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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) - ACCREDITED CERTIFICATE

Counselling and psychology approaches, theoretical knowledge and practice for counsellors to be, work from home / online
4.3 (1,537 ratings)
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Created by Elmira Strange
Last updated 5/2020
English [Auto], Italian [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 5 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Know how to use DBT approach in order to decrease 'emotional suffering'
  • Learn how to use DBT for disorders such as bipolar, depression, BPD, anxiety
  • Know how to structure therapeutic sections ('online' or 'offline')
  • Grasp the theoretical knowledge of DBT, 'Distress Tolerance', Mindfulness
  • An interest in counselling or psychology
  • A basic knowledge of what counselling or psychotherapy involves
  • An awareness that counselling has different approaches
  • Eagerness for learning DBT method!

Are you interested in a career as a professional therapist (or coach)? Do you want to learn how to use Dialectical Behaviour Therapy approach in your work or your personal life?

In this course you will take 24 informative lectures where you will be guided with the step-by-step approach in becoming a professional DBT therapist who work with clients in counselling and therapeutic settings. 

You will learn:

  • how to plan treatment goals with your client,

  •  how to use DBT approach in various disorders and conditions such as Borderline Personality Disorder, depression, anxiety, OCD and eating disorder,

  • understand what is 'Mindfulness', 

  • what is 'Distress Tolerance',  

  • what is 'Emotional Regulation',

  • and much more!


You will also learn how to set up therapeutic and learning environment for the client, and you will understand the philosophy of DBT.

P.S. This course is now fully accredited by the International Association of Therapists (IAOTH).

P.P.S. At the end of the course you will see the instructions on how to obtain your certificate of completion

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who works (or wants to work) in therapeutic settings
  • Anyone who is interested in counselling or psychotherapy
  • Anyone who wants to learn DBT approach
Course content
Expand all 26 lectures 02:57:10
+ Introduction
2 lectures 07:52

In this video you will find out who your instructor / teacher is, what is her background, and why she is (very) suitable to teach about psychology and counselling here! 

Preview 01:48

In the video you will learn what this course is about, and how to take this course so that you could derive the best knowledge from it! 

Preview 06:04
+ What is Counselling & Psychotherapy
3 lectures 26:02

In this lecture we will talk about 'counselling'. What it is, what is involved, what types of clients come to see a counsellor, what kind of problems and issues counsellors have to deal with. A very important introductory topic to counselling! 

Preview 07:12

In this lecture we will be discussing the difference between 'psychotherapy' and 'counselling', what exactly they involve, whether the practitioners need a medical background in both professions, which of them we can use for work with the subconscious, and so much more!

Counselling & Psychotherapy

As we’ve been discussing in our previous lecture, there are clear differences (and similarities) between counsellors and psychotherapists. But there are also differences within any counsellors or psychotherapists groups too, and these differences predominantly depend on their approaches. 

There are many types of therapeutic approaches used today, and any of them can be adopted by a counsellor or psychotherapist. Some therapists use more than one approach in their work, or a mixture of different approaches. And this is what we will be discussing in our lecture!

Approaches in Counselling & Psychotherapy
+ About Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
3 lectures 16:43

In this lecture we will be discussing what is DBT, how it can be defined and what it is involve as a therapeutic approach. You will also find out who is the founder or creator of this effective approach that is used widely today within psychotherapy and counselling community 

What is DBT?

So now we know that DBT means a treatment of emotional-related conditions and disorders through teaching the client to change their thinking patterns so that they resulted in a more healthy and helpful psychological state and behaviour. The client learns to realise their own unhelpful emotions, recognise and accept them before attempting to change them. So DBT is about a balance of acceptance and change.

So what 'dialectical' means then? Let's discuss it here!

What is ‘dialectical’?

By now you already know who is the developer of this interesting approach and what it really involves. Let's have a look at its true origins, what it was created for, what philosophy it is used and so on. Another important lecture not to be missed! 

History & Philosophy of DBT
+ DBT Strategies & 'Life Skills'
4 lectures 34:08

Welcome to our next module where we will be discussing DBT strategies for 'life skills', or in other word - the skills that are taught to the client during the therapy. These skills are the essential part of the DBT therapy which enable the client to improve their thinking patterns, emotions and behaviour, and of course as a consequence - to improve their life situation too. 

What is 'Mindfulness'

In this lecture we will be discussing the second 'life skill' which is taught by DBP practitioners - 'distress tolerance'. We will have a look at its definition, and the acronyms that can help to learn this skill (and its sub-skills too). You will find out how to improve the client's resilience to negative and any stressful situations so that they can manage them outside of the therapeutic office on their own! 

What is 'Distress Tolerance'

'Emotion Regulation' is the next 'life skill' that is foundational aspect of the DBT approach. As you can guess from its name, it's more to do with 'emotions' - how to manage them in a healthy way, how to feel balanced and not get overwhelmed, how to feel in control and so on. 

To make the learning easier, this skill is also decided into sub-skills where we can use acronyms such as PLEASE MASTERy. Much easier to understand and to learn it for your client when using those acronyms! 

What is 'Emotion regulation'

'Interpersonal Effectiveness' is a fourth 'life skill' in DBT which is all about 'relationships' of the client. It is very important that these skills are used in this particular order as we are learning them. 

So let's have a look at the skin and its sub-skills such as 'objective effectiveness', 'relationship effectiveness' and 'self-respect effectiveness' where we can use acronyms too! 

What is 'Interpersonal Effectiveness'
+ Treatment by DBT
5 lectures 39:41

DBT is complex approach that involves several stages, goals and subgoals that are learned through acronyms. If you stayed until now with this course, then I encourage you to continue. The most difficult information you have absorbed by now (or in the process of it now), so you are grasping it well at this point!

Multistage approach of DBT

In the previous lecture we’ve discussed that DBT is a complex multi-staged approach which uses various acronyms for teaching the clients different life skills. So what are the formal stages of the DBT approach? 

Let's have a look at four stages within DBT treatment, and the characteristics and definitions of each 

The Stages of Treatment in DBT

By now you have learned a lot of information on DBT approach. You know that we teach the client certain life skills, and each of them have some sub-skills. We also know that there are some stages of learning that takes place within the therapy. Here we will look at how quickly a therapist can prioritise the treatment targets or goals.  

What is more important to focus on? Let's discuss it here!

Prioritising Treatments Targets

In this lecture we will discuss how DBT can be provided to the client and which forms. Then we'll have a look at several principles that are important for setting up the best learning environment for the clients. 

As you know by now, DBT is about teaching! Teaching 'life skills' and various sub-skills through acronyms. This is why learning how to set up the best learning environment is an important topic here too. 

How to set up 'learning environment' for the client

Behavioural analysis in DBT is also known as Chain analysis. 

The Behavioural Chain analysis is very common in cognitive behavioural therapies and is considered to be the primary therapeutic tool in DBT. This is why it is used in almost every DBT session. 

So let's have a look at this tool and how we can use it in our sessions with the clients!

How to conduct 'Behavioural Analysis'
+ DBT for Psychological Disorders
5 lectures 36:07

As you are going through this course, you become clearer about what DBT really means and involves, how you can use it in your work, and  probably even in what cases. Here we will be looking at what DBT is used for, what type of psychological disorders and conditions, where it can be used more successfully and where the person would benefit from other alternative therapies instead. 

Uses of DBT

in this lecture we will have a look at what BPD is and how DBT is used to treat it. Remember than BPD was the disorder that Marsha Linehan was suffering from herself and what she created DBT treatment for! This is why we are looking at this disorder first, before discusisng any other psychological treatments here. 

DBT in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder

Here in this lecture we will discuss how DBT is used for depression, which is one of the most common psychological disorders of our times globally. Everybody knows what depression can feel like, whether is experienced as a short-term 'blues' or severe depression. In any case, it can draw out all your energy reserves. So, can DBT be useful for treating depression too? Let's discuss it here!

DBT in the treatment of Depression

In this lecture you will learn what is 'anxiety' and 'Obsessive Compulsive Disorder', and how DBT addressed both of these conditions. 

Anxiety is an umbrella term for several disorders such as OCD, panic disorder, generalised anxiety disorder and phobias. Anxiety disorders interfere with a person’s ability to function normally, they cause distress and are considered to be a serious mental health problem. Let's continue our discussion in the video!

DBT for treatment of Anxiety & OCD

So far we’ve discussed that although DBT initially was created for the treatment of BPD, currently it is used for many psychological disorders and conditions such as anxiety and depression. In this lecture we’ll have a look at using DBT for eating disorders. 

So let’s have a look at what is 'eating disorder' and how DBT views this psychological condition. 

DBT for treatment of 'Eating Disorders'
+ Effectiveness of DBT
4 lectures 16:37

During this course we’ve talked about various psychological disorders that can be treated with DBT. DBT is a very valuable therapeutic approach for anyone who suffers with emotion-related disorder, and would benefit from learning how to balance and regulate own emotional state. So it is really that effective? Let's discuss it here!

How effective is DBT?

Well, throughout the course you’ve learned pretty much what you need to know about DBT approach, how to use it, the philosophy behind it and what exactly it involves!

Here we are looking at any limiations and criticism of this approach if they exist, and the scientific research behind it!

Criticism and Limitations of DBT

Well, this is the end of this course! I hope you really enjoyed it and found it useful for your work. In this video I just want to say my 'thanks' and 'good bye' to you, and how you can connect with me with any questions or comments about any of my courses

Thank You and Good Bye!

FINAL TEST - 'Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: DBT'

Complete the test to your best ability. You can re-take the test as many times as you need.

Chose the answer that is most accurate or complete in relation to the question asked.

Good luck!

After you complete the test you qualify for your well-deserved certificates!

FINAL TEST - 'Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: DBT'
10 questions
Obtaining your certificate