Why choose the DBT Toolkit?

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is an evidence-based psychotherapy that began with efforts to treat Borderline Personality Disorder. It is now recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) as the gold standard psychological treatment for both Borderline and Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder, or where clients are acknowledged to be struggling to regulate and manage emotions. There is evidence that DBT can also be useful in treating mood disorders, suicidal ideation, eating disorders and for addressing change in behavioural patterns such as self-harm, and alcohol and substance abuse.

Training as a DBT Therapist can be a lengthy and expensive process and is considered highly specialised. However, there is a saturation of evidence that shows that when using DBT informed approaches outside of the model when you have a grounded understanding of the underpinning theoretical approach you can still achieve life changing outcomes for clients. So how do you achieve this?

The DBT Toolkit has been designed to compliment existing training, practice and experience, and introduce the learner to the fundamental skills and ideas on how to think and address problems from a DBT approach. We will explore the underlying principles of Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and then move to reviewing the 4 major skills modules contained within DBT and take a detailed look at three skills from each one that you can immediately start using within clinical practice.

This tool kit is ideal for any practitioner who wants a better understanding of Personality Disorder, or who wants to be able to add the understanding and application of DBT skills into their clinical practice.

Course Curriculum

Click each module to see the contents.

    1. Special Course Terms.

    2. Module 1 - Printable slides

    3. Module 1.1 - Diagnosis Part 1

    4. Handout Mod 1 -1-10 Types of Personality Disorder

    5. Module 1.2 - Diagnosis Part 2


    7. Handout Mod 1 - Charactoristics of BPD & EUPD

    8. Handout Mod 1 - DSM Criteria for BPD

    9. End of Module 1 Quiz

    1. Module 2 - Printable Slides

    2. Module 2.1 - Evidence Based Therapy


    4. Module 2.2 - Therapeutic Approaches

    5. End of Module 2 Quiz

    1. Module 3 - Printable Slides

    2. Module 3.1 - Neurology 101

    3. Handout Mod 3 - Neuron Clinician Reference Sheet

    4. Module 3.2 - Neurology 101 Part 2

    5. Handout Mod 3 - CT Scan of Brain Comparison

    6. Handout Mod 3 - Clinician Quick Reference Sheet The Limbic System

    7. End of Module 3 Quiz

    1. Module 4 - Printable Slides

    2. Module 4.1 - Overview of DBT Part 1

    3. Handout Mod 4.1 - Emotional Response Chart

    4. Module 4.2 - Overview of DBT Part 2

    5. Handout Mod 4.2 - Family of Bakers Story Script

    6. Handout Mod 4.2 - Bio Social Model

    7. Module 4.3 - Overview of DBT Part 3

    8. End of Module 4 Quiz

    1. Module 5 - Printable Slides

    2. Module 5 - Working with Risk in Relation to BPD

    3. Handout Mod 5 - Chain Analysis

    4. Handout Mod 5 - Chain Analysis Blank Client Sheet

    5. End of Module 5 Quiz

    1. Module 6 - Printable Slides

    2. Module 6.1 - Mindfulness - Part 1

    3. Handout Mod 6 - The 3 Concepts of Mindfulness

    4. Handout Mod 6 - Benefits of Mindfulness

    5. Module 6.2 - Mindfulness - Part 2

    6. Handout Mod 6 - Story for Describing Mindfulness Clinician Resource Sheet

    7. Handout Mod 6 - Story for Encouraging Skills Practice Clinician Resource Sheet

    8. Handout Mod 6.2 - Script Open Mind

    9. Handout Mod 6.2 - Script - Focused Mind

    10. Open & Focused Mind

    11. Module 6.3 - Mindfulness - Part 3

    12. Handout Mod 6.3 - Mindfulness Exercises

    13. Handout Mod 6.3 - DBT Mind States

    14. Handout Mod 6 - Clinician Resource Sheet Session Scheduling

    15. End of Module 6 Quiz

About this course

  • £70.00
  • 84 lessons
  • 6.5 hours of video content
  • Interactive

    A fully interactive online CPD, watch on any device, watch & listen on your way to work. Watch in your own time at your own pace.

  • Easy Payment

    Our seamless payment platform allows you to pay securely, quickly and effortlessly.

Reviews of this Course.

4 star rating

DBT Toolkit, comprehensive content

Marianne Cain

I found the content of the course to be interesting and informative and feel I can use it to complement my existing skills. I am fully aware that it does not...

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I found the content of the course to be interesting and informative and feel I can use it to complement my existing skills. I am fully aware that it does not bestow a qualification but gives an insight for further study. One area that I found a little frustrating at times was the amount of spelling and grammatical mistakes in some of the content. I feel that this would be easy to correct and makes me question the professionalism of the course providers. Even a basic spell check would allow some of the mistakes to be rectified.

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5 star rating

Clear and well presented introductory course

Anna Harlow

I have struggled in the past with online courses but this course was clear, informative, enjoyable and provided me with lots of new understanding and skills ...

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I have struggled in the past with online courses but this course was clear, informative, enjoyable and provided me with lots of new understanding and skills to try with clients.

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5 star rating

clear in content and great 12 hours of learning at my own...

armrget kaur

useful start to DBT

useful start to DBT

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  • I want to get going now, when does it start?

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  • Is this a weekly course or can I do it at my own pace?

    The course will be available in full so you can complete it in one go or you can spread your learning out at your own pace.

  • Is this a 'Live' real time course?

    No, all learning material is in way of Powerpoint presentation, video, handouts, quizzes etc so you can complete the course at your own pace.

  • Do I get a Completion Certificate?

    Yes, there is a Completion Certificate at the end of the course once you have completed 100% of it.

  • How long will it take me to complete? How long do I have access to it?

    You have access to the full course for life so it's entirely led by you.

  • Is the CPD Accredited?

    No - a CPD does not need to be accredited by anyone, it is Continual Professional Development therefore reading a book comes under CPD hrs for membership bodies. All tutors on our platform are qualified Counsellors and already teach CPD's.


Associate Counselling Academy Tutor Adam Digby

Adam is an experienced Systemic Family Practitioner and is trained in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy by members of Marsha Linehan’s US team. He has a special interest in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and being a Registered Clinical Specialist in Mental Health has worked in the industry for over eighteen years, with ten of these years focusing on providing both DBT and Systemic interventions with young people and adults. Adam is passionate about training and education holding Guest Lecturing Status with London South Bank Universities School of Health and Social Care. He currently actively provides both Systemic and DBT informed interventions in both the NHS and independent practice settings.

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