Certification in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Certification in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)


Time to Completion: 80 hours (~9-12 months)


This Certification in Dialectical Behavior Therapy provides the necessary training and coursework to develop the theoretical, empirical, & practical knowledge and skills to reliably deliver DBT in adherence to its model. Training is divided into 3 stages, with the clinician being guided through the entire certification process and meeting one-on-one with a certified DBT clinician during the final six months of the process.

This DBT Certification guides the clinician through a three-stage process towards becoming certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. All training modules are online and self-paced, allowing the clinician to proceed through the training as quickly as is comfortable. Our suggested timelines for the completion of each stage of training assume that the clinician is working full time in addition to this certification process. The clinician is eligible to begin Level III upon completion of the first 30-hours of Level II. This Certification consist of 80 hours of training content.

Intended Audience

This Certification was developed for licensed mental health care professionals, including psychologists, social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists.

This certification consists of a total of 80 hrs of training and is comprised of the following courses:

Level I:  Foundations

Level II: Academic Competence

Level III: Clinical Competence

  • Monthly consultation sessions x 6 months
  • Casebook review
  • Case Conceptualization
  • Documentation of Skills Group & Consultation Group

Continuing Education Credit

This Certification allows you to earn Continuing Education credit for each course. To earn CE’s, you will complete the course quizzes and evaluations for each course. No partial credit is available. For each course, you will need to pass the quizzes with 70% correct to earn the continuing education credit. You will be able to download / print a CE certificate upon completion of each course in this Certification.

A total of 80 CE hours will be awarded for this Certification.

Board Approvals: APA, CPA, ASWB, NBCC. Click here for state and other regional board approvals.

If you have previously completed one or more of the training programs for this Certification and would like to have your coursework credited towards this Certification, please contact us to request transfer credit. We will confirm your previous coursework, apply the credit to this Certification, and invoice you for the adjusted registration fee.

Note: Please do not purchase this Certification if you would like to obtain transfer credit; contact us here for an adjusted invoice.

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