Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (Level 4 Training)

DBT Practitioner Training

The Australian DBT Institute's DBT Practitioner training is the Asia Pacific Regions most comprehensive training in DBT and supports individual practitioners become Credentialed DBT Practitioners over 12 months!

Ongoing Access

Participants of this course have ongoing access to all materials provided through this DBT  Workshops portal.

Further CPD

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A certificate of completion is available on DBT Workshops  in the final section of this program.


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DBT Practitioner Training Program (Level 4)

This 12 month program explores the competencies necessary for implementing the suggested outpatient DBT approach, which includes individual therapy sessions and DBT Skills Training Classes.

2025 Program Options

Practitioner Training: Online or Blended Learning Options

Online Practitioner Training Commences Saturday 19th October 2024 | In-person training also includes access to online training materials | Registrations NOW OPEN!

4 x 6 hour workshops in addition to the online content is available for attendees seeking more hands on applications of DBT! Locations for the blended learning options include Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
  • Melbourne Option: Wednesday 16th October 2024, 19th March 2025, 18th June 2025 & 8th October 2025
  • Brisbane Option: Monday 21st October 2024, 24th March 2025, 23rd June 2025 & 13th October 2025
  • Sydney Option: Saturday 26th October 2024, 1st March 2025, 28th June 2025 & 18th October 2024

DBT Practitioner Training Opportunities

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— What's included in the DBT Pracititoner Training?

Evidence informed professional development

Our program provides the knowledge and skills needed to confidently apply a DBT Informed Approach!

Experienced DBT Practitioners

The DBT Comprehensive is delivered by leading DBT practitioners with current clinical experience.

Coaching in DBT (Zoom Sessions)

Zoom sessions help unlock your individualised so you can excel in your DBT or Adapted DBT approach.

Credentialing in DBT

Initial DBT Credentialing is available to participants who complete all elements of this CPD program and present their DBT or DBT Informed approach.

Who should take this course?

This course is suitable for mental health professionals seeking to obtain an in-depth knowledge of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and it's application in various mental health settings. 

Psychologists, Clinical Psychologists, Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers, Mental Health OTs, Psychotherapists, Counsellors and Psychiatrists have all found this training useful!
Delivering Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) effectively in an outpatient setting involves a combination of knowledge, skills, and adherence to a structured treatment model.

Below is an overview of what’s covered in this program preparing practitioners for the delivery of the recommended outpatient DBT model, which includes individual treatment sessions and DBT Skills Training Classes:

Obtain Specific DBT Knowledge:

  1. Understanding of DBT Framework: Familiarity with the theoretical underpinnings of DBT, including its roots in behavioural therapy, mindfulness practices, and dialectics.

  2. Target Populations: Knowledge of which populations DBT is typically used for, such as individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD), but also for other conditions like mood disorders, eating disorders, and substance use disorders.

  3. Modes of Treatment: Awareness of the four modes of DBT treatment:

    • Individual Therapy: One-on-one sessions focusing on achieving therapeutic goals.
    • DBT Skills Training: Group sessions teaching specific skills in areas like mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.
    • Phone Coaching: Providing clients with skills coaching outside of scheduled sessions.
    • Consultation Team: Regular meetings among DBT therapists to support one another in delivering effective treatment.
  4. Assessment Tools: Knowledge of assessment tools and measures used to evaluate progress and outcomes in DBT, such as the Diary Card and other self-report measures.

  5. Ethical Guidelines: Understanding of ethical considerations in delivering DBT, particularly in terms of boundaries, confidentiality, and informed consent.

Obtain DBT Strategies:

  1. Behavioural Analysis: Ability to conduct functional behavioural analysis to understand the antecedents and consequences of maladaptive behaviours.

  2. Individual Therapy Skills:

    • Structuring sessions effectively to balance validation and change-oriented strategies.
    • Application of behavioral techniques and cognitive restructuring.
    • Coaching clients on applying skills learned in DBT Skills Training.
  3. Group Facilitation Skills:

    • Planning and leading DBT Skills Training Classes.
    • Managing group dynamics and promoting a supportive learning environment.
    • Teaching mindfulness practices and behavioural skills effectively.
  4. Mindfulness Training: Competency in teaching mindfulness techniques and practices to enhance emotional awareness and regulation.

  5. Crisis Management: Skills in managing crises and suicidal ideation using DBT-specific strategies like chain analysis and safety planning.

  6. Collaboration and Consultation: Ability to collaborate with other healthcare providers involved in the client’s care and participate in DBT consultation team meetings.

Implementation of Outpatient DBT Model:

  1. Treatment Planning: Collaboratively developing treatment plans with clients, setting specific goals, and outlining strategies for achieving them.

  2. Session Structure: Following the structured session format in individual therapy and DBT Skills Training Classes, including review of diary cards, teaching new skills, and assigning homework.

  3. Skills Training: Systematically teaching and reinforcing DBT skills across modules (mindfulness, middle path skills, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness).

  4. Phone Coaching: Providing skills coaching between sessions to help clients generalize and apply skills in real-life situations.

  5. Measurement and Evaluation: Regularly assessing progress using outcome measures and adjusting treatment strategies as needed.

  6. Adherence to Protocols: Adhering to DBT protocols and guidelines as established by treatment manuals and ongoing research.

Learning, Development and Improvement:

  1. Supervision and Consultation: Participating in 12 months of supervision/consultation to enhance skills and ensure fidelity to the DBT model.

  2. Professional Development: 12 months of continuing education in DBT and related therapeutic modalities to stay current with best practices.

  3. Feedback and Adaptation: Supporting feedback from clients and colleagues to continuously improve delivery of DBT services.

By combining this knowledge base with practical skills and a structured approach, clinicians can expect to be effectively delivering the recommended outpatient DBT model, supporting clients in developing skills for managing emotions, relationships, and challenging life situations.

2025 DBT Practitioner Online Training Dates!

This program uses a range of resources and strategies to support mental health professionals implement a DBT or DBT informed approach in their workplace! We provide access to webinars, clinical resources, examples of how to teach skills, Zoom coaching sessions, peer ran sessions, supervision and DBT program outlines to support individuals and teams implement a DBT informed approach in their workplace! 

Orientation Session
19th October 2024 - 10am until 1pm Online via Zoom

An initial three hour webinar online or full day training in person will introduce participants to the 12 month DBT Comprehensive Training Program through the Australian DBT Institute. This program has been developed for mental health professionals looking to implement a range of DBT strategies in their current practice as well as practitioners looking to start a full Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) program. This program aims to build knowledge, skills and confidence to effectively develop and implement a DBT program or effectively apply a DBT informed approach to clients with emotion dysregulation, trauma histories, and/or a diagnosis of borderline personality!

Zoom Group Sessions: Pre-implementation 

Initial Zoom sessions offer participants support implementing foundational content of DBT in preparation for program their implementation of a DBT or DBT informed approach from February 2025.
  • Thursday, November 14th 2024 @ 6pm
  • Thursday, December 12th 2024 @ 7pm
  • Thursday, January 23rd 2025 @ 6pm

30 Minute Individual Supervision Sessions

Program participants have access to an individual 30minute supervision session with an Australian DBT Institute clinician during the week commencing 3rd February 2025. 

Zoom Group Sessions: DBT Implementation 

Zoom sessions offer participants support implementing a DBT or DBT informed approach from February 2025.
  • Thursday, February 20th 2025 @ 7pm
  • Thursday, March 20th 2025 @ 6pm
  • Thursday, April 24th 2025 @ 7pm
  • Thursday, May 22nd 2025 @ 6pm
  • Thursday, June 19th 2025 @ 7pm

30 Minute Individual Supervision Sessions

Program participants have access to an individual 30minute supervision session with an Australian DBT Institute clinician during the week commencing 30th June 2025. 

Zoom Group Sessions: DBT Implementation 

Ongoing Zoom sessions offer participants support implementing a DBT or DBT informed approach.
  • Thursday, July 17th 2025 @ 6pm
  • Tuesday, August 14th 2025 @ 7pm
  • Thursday, September 18th 2025 @ 6pm
The last component of this program is practitioner credentialing! Course participants present their DBT or DBT informed approach as the last component of their DBT Practitioner Training!

DBT Credentialing Sessions commence the 13th October 2025!

Self Directed Learning

The beauty of our online course (also included in the in-person training option) is that individuals can access the content when ever they like! We release the foundations content on the 19th October 2024 and then further content is released on a weekly basis (Monday mornings) over the next two months of the program to prepare individuals to commence a more formal DBT informed approach from 2025! 

Christmas New Year break until mid January 2025.

From the 20th January 2025, content will be release on a weekly basis (Monday mornings) that covers a new DBT skill each week over 30 weeks! Participants can use the materials provided to implement their own DBT or DBT Informed approach. We recommend that individuals plan to have clients ready for a more formal DBT approach the week commencing 3rd February 2025. The Australian DBT Institute's DBT Assist groups commence the week commencing 3rd February 2025 for individuals who do not have the capacity to apply DBT in their clinical setting!

Additional Fortnightly Zoom Sessions (Optional)

Participants have the option of attending fortnightly Zoom sessions with their peers (Sessions are not attended by an ADBTI practitioner) to discuss the content of the DBT Comprehensive Training and formulate questions for the Zoom Groups Sessions (see the previous section).
These sessions are for participants of this program only
  • Sessions are not attended by an ADBTI practitioner and have been made available for course participants
  • Sessions are not mandatory and have been made available for participants who prefer a group based learning environment (a little like a DBT consult team session)
  • We suggest participants discuss the content provided over the previous fortnight through this course
  • Please consider others and be respectful and non-judgmental

Frequently asked questions

Can I get a discounted rate?

We have kept an eye on the Australian and international market for continuing professional development and have priced our workshops below that of many competitors. We currently do not receive government funding to deliver our workshops.

The most cost-effective way to register for one of the Australian DBT Institute’s workshops is to do so early. The dates and prices for our workshops are non-negotiable. Student places and groups of 5 or more are only offered at the early bird rate until two weeks before each workshop.

How do I get access to the workshop resources?

We have been delivering workshops since 2004 and have trialed a range of approaches including printing materials and providing them electronically to support all attendees’ development. To keep our prices low and avoid printing extensive resources, our service provides online access to all materials from this workshop via the DBT Workshops portal.

If not having a printout of workshop resources prior to the workshop impacts your capacity to participate in this workshop, please contact our admin team at admin@dbtinstitute.com.au and they will send you a pdf version of the slides (no cost). Alternately, a workshop manual can be printed by our team and sent to you at the cost of $15 (includes postage).

Do you provide lunch?

No, we do not provide lunch for participants attending our face to face workshops and courses. We do however arrange tea, coffee, and water from the beginning of each full-day workshop until the lunch break. Some locations also offer morning tea at an affordable rate so do offer morning tea at times.

Participants are given the option of a longer lunch or to order lunch at the morning tea break from local establishments and have their meal delivered to the training room.

Can I receive a certificate of attendance?

We provide an electronic certificate to all participants of our workshops. Certificates can be downloaded from this website and if you ever need to print them again you can do so from your DBT Workshops account.

Can I claim Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Points/Hours?

Each year the Australian DBT Institute provides CPD opportunities to over 1,000 mental health professionals who claim their education with Australian DBT Institute as CPD hours. All mental health professionals attending our CPD opportunities are eligible to claim CPD hours if the course/workshop/retreat is relevant to their work as mental health or counselling professionals. There is legislation and AHPRA acknowledgement of this very statement.

To record a professional development activity towards your CPD hours, members of mental health professional and counselling bodies are required to ensure the activity is relevant to them and is consistent with the categories defined in your particular professional body’s CPD Policy.

Health practitioners registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency must undertake continuing professional development (CPD). The CPD requirements of each National Board are detailed in the Registration Standards for each profession, published on each Board’s website (see below links for AHPRA CPD Statements). For professions not registered under AHPRA, their associations have professional development requirements.

Australian DBT Institute and our affiliates no longer seek the external endorsement of mental health professionals and counselling bodies due to AHPRA’s acknowledgement that when activities are relevant to your clinical practice they do not require such endorsement. Members of all mental health professional and counselling registration bodies can still accrue CPD hours by participating in activities of the Australian DBT Institute. Your CPD activity must be determined to be relevant to your individual professional requirements. 
All AustralianDBT Institute programs have been developed by qualified mental health professionals who are currently practising in their professional area, hold post-graduate qualifications, and are peer-reviewed. If Australian DBT Institute courses are relevant to your practice as a mental health professional then our courses meet the requirements of mental health professional and counselling registration bodies as outlined by the Australian Health Practitioner legislation.

Please check with your professional leader or registered professional organisation for recommendations using the following link to AHPRA - https://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Continuing-Professional-Development.aspx

Certificate of Completion provided for all workshops

  • Who should attend?

    This workshop is suitable for mental health professionals seeking to obtain foundational knowledge of DBT. Psychologists, Clinical Psychologists, Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers, Mental Health OTs, Psychotherapists, Counsellors and Psychiatrists have all found this workshop useful!
  • Why choose the ADBTI?

    Our approach has been formalised through partnerships and mentoring with Marsha Linehan’s (developer of DBT) training organisation Behavioral Tech LLC between 2003-08, Babette Rothschild (developer of Somatic Trauma Therapy) between 2015-18 & Thomas Lynch's (developer of RO DBT) training organisation Radically Open Ltd since 2022.

    • We have been developing clinicians in DBT since 2004
    • Over 17,000 clinicians have attended our workshops
    • Our educators still use DBT and RO DBT in their clinical practice
    • We have developed a range of DBT Informed approaches including DBT-TI, DBT-C and ACDC Skills approach
    • We have provided training throughout Australia, NZ, UK, Singapore, Thailand and South Africa
    • We are passionate educators who are passionate about supporting clinicians utilise DBT & RO DBT approaches
Australian DBT Institute

DBT Practitioner Training Faculty

Dr. Peter L. King

DBT-TI and Stabilisation Based Therapy Developer


in Social Work

MHP trained
Dr. King is an experienced educator and clinician with over 25 years of experiences in various public, community and private mental health settings. Since 1993, he has worked in Mental Health Nursing, Social Work, DBT Programs, Psychotherapy, and as a Senior Executive in the health care and not-for-profit sector. Peter has consolidated this experience both in Australia and the USA through mentoring with Professor Marsha Linehan’s company Behavioral Tech LLC, mentoring with the Babette Rothschild the creator of Somatic Trauma Therapy, leading clinical research and completing his Ph.D. in the mental health field.