DBT Skills Training Groups: Interpersonal Effectiveness

Can be taken as an individual course or as a part of:

Approved by the British Psychological Society for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

1 day 9:30am – 4:30pm 7 CPD hours

Course Brief

This practical one-day course can be taken independently or as part of the BPS Approved Certificate in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Taught by highly qualified DBT practitioners, this course will give you the essential set of skills for running Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills Training Groups with your clients.

This one day training is both a stand-alone training module as well as one of the four skills training modules that form part of the BPS Approved Certificate in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

This module covers the six areas of DBT Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills Training typically run over a six week period.

The three areas covered include:

  • Developing & Maintaining Relationships
  • Balancing Change & Acceptance in Relationships
  • Assertiveness & Interpersonal Problem Solving

Issues addressed:

  • Learning skills to get what you want and need from others
  • How to build relationships and end destructive ones
  • How to travel a middle path between change and acceptance in relationships
  • “DEAR MAN” strategy (Describe, Express, Assert, Reinforce, Mindfully, Appear confident, Negotiate)
  • “GIVE” technique (Gentle, Interested, Validate, Easy manner)
  • “FAST” technique (Fair, Avoid apologies, Stick to values, Truthful)
  • How Far Do You Go In Asking For Something & How Far Do You Go In Saying No?

BPS Approved Certificate in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy:

Module 1: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: Two-Day Introductory Course

Module 2: DBT Skills Training Groups (STG):

Module 3: Assessed casebook assignment, consult group attendance, reports and test

SDS Accreditation in DBT, Level 1 (Foundation) is the level of accreditation you obtain by attending the SDS’ DBT Introductory Course (2 days) via live training or live/recorded webcast.

This level of accreditation gives you a Certificate of Attendance, as well as access to the course materials and other resources, and enables you to state in your CV that you have SDS Accreditation in DBT Level 1 (Foundation).

Your accreditation currently lasts for 3 years, after which you cannot make the above statements and access course resources.

This level of accreditation is renewable by sitting an online refresher course or attending a live course/webcast.

SDS Accreditation in DBT, Level 2 (Advanced Assessed Academic Competence) means you have undertaken training as in Level 1, completed all training courses within the Module 2 of DBT Certificate and also passed the online exam.

This level of accreditation gives you a Certificate of Completion with Advanced Assessed Academic Competence, as well as access to the course materials and other resources. It also enables you to state in your CV that you have SDS Accreditation in DBT Level 2 (Advanced Assessed Academic Competence) and can use qualification, DBTAccred. (AAAC) in your title.

Your accreditation currently lasts for 3 years, and is renewable by sitting an online refresher or attending a live course/webcast. Successful completion of the online refresher, which includes the associated exam, maintains your SDS Level 2 Accreditation.

SDS Accreditation in DBT, Level 3 (Clinical Proficiency) requires completion of the Module 2 of the Certificate in DBT plus a Module 3:

Assessed casebook assignment, consult group attendance, reports and test

Participants will be asked over a period of subsequent 6-24 months following Module 2 to:

  • Take on at least one individual DBT client
  • Provide part of a videoed session with a client demonstrating the use of at least three commitment building strategies during the commitment phase
  • Deliver at least one complete cycle of a DBT skills training group (confirmatory reference required)
  • Attend consult group regularly with monthly reports to the course tutor*
  • Complete assigned reading
  • Complete a DBT casebook*
  • Prepare a presentation of the casebook*

The course tutor will provide UNLIMITED email support during the 6 month period.

Casebooks forwarded for marking to SDS at least 14 days before meeting the course tutor again.

The meeting with the course tutor will cover feedback on casebook, consult group reports and video submission.

This level of accreditation gives you a Certificate of Completion with Clinical Proficiency, as well as access to the course materials and other resources. It also enables you to state in your CV that you have SDS Accreditation in DBT Level 3 (Clinical Proficiency) with Assessed Academic and Clinical Competence and use the qualification, DBTAccred. (CP) in your title.

Also at this level you can gain Access to SDS’ Network of Qualified DBT Practitioners.

Your accreditation currently lasts for 3 years, and is renewable by undertaking the Level 3 refresher components discussed individually with the course tutor.

*Format of these to be provided on signing up.

Course Tutor

Catherine Parker
Accredited CBT Therapist

Catherine Parker completed her intensive DBT training in 2001. She was a founder member of the Derbyshire DBT Service, delivering full programme DBT for over 15 years. Throughout her career as a psychotherapist, she has delivered DBT workshops within her NHS Trust and at local universities, sharing her practical experience of using DBT principles to treat a variety of diagnoses in both IAPT and Community Mental Health settings. She has been the Chair of the DBT Special Interest Group of the BABCP since 2013, and has participated in a number of symposia and other events featuring DBT at the BABCP national conferences.