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DBT Credentialing Program (Lived Experience)

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The DBT Credentialing Program (Lived Experience) supports peer workers and individuals with lived experience to obtain the status of Credentialed DBT Skills Trainer (Lived Experience) through the Australian DBT Institute.

Peer credentialing is the process of establishing the credentials of peer workers and assessing an individual capacity to use a DBT informed approach during peer-related employment. Each participant who completes the 30-week DBT Credentialing Program (Lived Experience) has their credentialing application assessed through a double-blinded review from two members of the Australian DBT Institute’s credentialing committee. Once an individual has completed this process and the 30-week program they obtain the status of Credentialed DBT Skills Trainer (Lived Experience). As with the Institute’s other DBT Credentialing Programs, this approach includes granting and reviewing peer-specific competencies and provides successful applicants with a range of resources and supports to ensure ongoing development to enhance proficiency in the delivery of Trauma-Informed DBT services.

Program Schedule

The program has four modules with 2 weeks break in-between each module. The first three modules focus on skills development using the Trauma-Informed DBT framework used at the Australian DBT Institute. Sessions are run similar to the way DBT groups are run with homework, skill teaching, and skills practice. Additional mentoring during group sessions as well as the allocation of weekly roles during the skills group supports participants to develop and master strategies to successfully teach DBT skills in individual and group sessions. The fourth module supports participants to plan and extend their capacity to use a DBT informed framework during one-on-one peer work.

Module 1 – 27th April 2022

  • Wk 1: Orientation & Group Mentoring
  • Wk 2: Mindfulness & Individual Mentoring
  • Wk 3: TIPP & STOP Skills & Group Mentoring
  • Wk 4: Dual Awareness, Self-Soothe & Individual Mentoring
  • Wk 5: Distraction skills & Group Mentoring
  • Wk 6: Pros & Cons & Individual Mentoring
  • Wk 7: Half Smile/Willing Hands & Group Mentoring
  • Wk 8: Radical Acceptance & Individual Mentoring
  • Wk 9: Module Review & Group Mentoring

Module 2 – 13th July 2022

  • Wk 1: Orientation & Group Mentoring
  • Wk 2: Mindfulness & Individual Mentoring
  • Wk 3: Dialectics & Group Mentoring
  • Wk 4: Model of Understanding Emotions & Individual Mentoring
  • Wk 5: Model of Understanding Emotions & Group Mentoring
  • Wk 6: Opposite Action & Individual Mentoring
  • Wk 7: MC Strong Skills & Group Mentoring
  • Wk 8: Values, Priorities & Individual Mentoring
  • Wk 9: Module Review & Group Mentoring

Module 3 – 28th Sept 2022

  • Wk 1: Orientation & Group Mentoring
  • Wk 2: Mindfulness & Individual Mentoring
  • Wk 3: Validation & Group Mentoring
  • Wk 4: Human Behaviour & Individual Mentoring
  • Wk 5: GIVE Skills & Group Mentoring
  • Wk 6: FAST Skills & Individual Mentoring
  • Wk 7: DEAR MAN Skills & Group Mentoring
  • Wk 8: Evaluating Options, Trouble Shooting & Individual Mentoring
  • Wk 9: Module Review & Group Mentoring

Module 4 – 30th November 2022

  • Week 1: Peer-based skills coaching: explores the use of DBT skills coaching in person and over the phone during peer work through a trauma-informed lens.
  • Week 2: Build capacity to support individuals in distress and when emotionally overwhelmed through a trauma-informed lens.
  • Week 3: Program review and final practice integration

Progam’s Teaching Strategies

Weekly DBT Skills Development Program: Weekly DBT group sessions are held between 1 pm and 3 pm each Wednesday. The skills groups have been developed to support peer workers learn DBT skills while at the same time participants how to teach skills and facilitate skills groups. Participants also learn how to integrate DBT Skills into their working life as well as identify barriers that impact individuals using DBT skills.

Access to Specialist DBT Professional Development for Peer Workers: The week before the commencement of this program, participants are given access to the foundations in DBT and skills training in DBT as well as peer-led training. Participants will have ongoing access to online training materials that provide instruction on how to utilise a DBT informed approach during peer work.

Weekly Support through Mentoring: Participants are provided with fortnightly group mentoring sessions (90-minutes sessions on a Wednesday following group) as well as fortnightly individual mentoring sessions (60-minute sessions scheduled at times convenient to participants). The mentoring sessions are designed to enhance each participant’s capacity to support the uptake and use of DBT skills. Skill clarification, exploration of peer-specific competencies as well as extending professional practice are the focus of mentoring sessions.

Targeted Audience of the Course

This course is suitable for individuals with lived experience of mental illness working in the mental health industry seeking to obtain a functional knowledge of DBT for use in peer work and/or delivering DBT skills in a DBT program. Individuals from a range of backgrounds who work in community-based services, including youth, family, homeless, aged, welfare, alcohol and substance, mental health, and disability have found this workshop applicable to their individual settings in the past.

Frequently Asked Questions!

The developers of this program and program facilitators (trainers and supervisors) have either lived experience of mental illness themselves, have cared for someone with a mental illness outside their works role, or have grown up in a household with a parent(s) with a mental illness.

Our team has been hand-selected to ensure that the needs, experiences, and philosophies of lived experience are paramount at all phases of our program.

Our DBT Credentialing Program (Lived Experience) supports peer workers with obtaining the status of Credentialed DBT Skills Trainer (Lived Experience) through the Australian DBT Institute. The Australian DBT Institute provides a range of professional development opportunities for individuals with Lived Experience as well as Mental Health Professionals seeking to become proficient in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy informed approaches. Our team is led by experienced DBT clinicians who have received training, mentoring and development from Marsha Linehan and her team at Behavioral Tech LLC. The Australian DBT Institute does not claim to have any affiliation with Behavioral Tech LLC. nor DBT®-Linehan Board of Certification.

Peer credentialing is the process of establishing the credentials of peer workers and assessing their individual capacity to use a DBT informed approach during peer-related employment. Each participant who completes this 30-week DBT Credentialing Program (Lived Experience) will have their credentialing application reviewed by a double-blinded review from two members of the Australian DBT Institute’s credentialing committee.

As with the Institute’s other DBT Credentialing Programs, our approach includes granting and reviewing specific peer-specific competencies, and provides successful applicants with a range of resources and supports to ensure ongoing development to enhance proficiency in the delivery of DBT informed services.

We have kept an eye on the Australian and international market for continuing professional development and have priced our workshops are well 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 CMHE’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.

  • Early Registrations $6,380 incl. GST (20% discount until 2 weeks before the program commences)
  • Last-Minute Registrations $7,700 incl. GST (Full price within 2 weeks of the program commences)

#Please note that we accept NDIS payments and Organisational Payments with the amount determined by the payment dates above.

We have been delivering workshops since 1999 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 our CMHE Academy website.

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 $40 (includes postage).

No, we do not provide lunch for participants attending our 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.

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

Each year the Centre for Mental Health Education provides CPD opportunities to over 1,000 mental health professionals who claim their education with CMHE 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.

Centre for Mental Health Education (CMHE) 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 Centre for Mental Health Education. Your CPD activity must be determined to be relevant to your individual professional requirements. 

All CMHE 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 CMHE 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.

AHPRA CPD Statements

Non-government Associations & Professional Bodies CPD Statements