Advanced Certificate in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) – Online Course 30 Hours

ADVANCED Certificate Course in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Course Title Advanced Certificate Course in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (Adv.Cert.DBT)

For whom (target group)  :           Dialectical Behaviour Therapy ( DBT) is a form of cognitive psychotherapy, designed to treat people with borderline personality disorders and mental health illnesses. DBT is often used to treat individuals who self-harm, abuse drugs or have suicidal tendencies. If you’re considering a career in counselling and psychotherapy, then you may want to consider taking this dialectical behaviour therapy training course.

The Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Advanced Certificate Course is an exploration of DBT theory and an introduction to the role of a DBT therapist. To begin with, you will explore the strategies of the DBT approach and DBT treatments, including interpersonal effectiveness and mindfulness practices.  You will then move onto how to use psychotherapy, and DBT counselling approaches for solving common psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety and OCD. Finally, you will study the benefits and limitations of the DBT approach. Throughout this course, you will develop essential problem-solving and clinical skills to help you with your career advancement to becoming a fully qualified DBT practitioner.

Requirements:       Graduates in Public Health, Psychology or Social Work, Medical doctors, nurses and other healthcare practitioners or professionals who are holders of a Certificate / Diploma or HND in Psychology, Social Work, Clinical Psychology, Counselling Psychology or Counselling, and G.C.E. O/L or A/L’s and age not less than 21 years, and Fluency of the English language is essential.

Course Duration                     :           20 weeks (5 Months) – part time study

Contact Hours                         :           1.5 Hrs. per week of online Zoom lecture

Total No. of Classes               :           20 class-contact sessions

Total No. of Contact Hours :           30 Hrs. of Lectures and discussion time

Class Times                                :          Tuesdays: 7.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Individual Fast-Track Class: Flexible (3 hours per week – on weekdays only)

Course Contents – What you will learn:  

1. What is Counselling & Psychotherapy

·         Definition of Counselling

·         Counselling & Psychotherapy

·         Approaches in Counselling & Psychotherapy

2. About Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
·         What is DBT?

·         What is ‘dialectical’?

·         History & Philosophy of DBT

3. DBT Strategies & ‘Life Skills’
·         What is ‘Mindfulness’

·         What is ‘Distress Tolerance’

·         What is ‘Emotion regulation’

·         What is ‘Interpersonal Effectiveness’

4. Treatment by DBT
·         Multistage approach of DBT

·         The Stages of Treatment in DBT

·         Prioritising Treatments Targets

·         How to set up a ‘learning environment’ for the client

·         How to conduct ‘Behavioural Analysis’

5. DBT for Psychological Disorders
·         Uses of DBT

·         DBT in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

·         DBT in the treatment of Depression

·         DBT for treatment of Anxiety & OCD

·         DBT for treatment of Eating Disorders

6. Effectiveness of DBT
·         How effective is DBT?

·         Criticism and Limitations of DBT

·         Clinical Case Studies and Video Case Study Demonstrations of DBT

Mode of Final Examination and Assessment

The award of the IMH Advanced Certificate in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) will be contingent upon passing a 2-hour internally set unseen essay type final Examination paper to be answered on a closed book examination mode under invigilation at the Institute premises in Colombo-04.

Online Zoom Course Fees               :           Rs. 49,000/- +  Rs. 1,000/- for registration (Full course fee of Rs. 50,000/- to be paid by cash, credit  card or cheque)

Individual Course Fees                     :           Rs. 89,000/- +  Rs. 1,000/- for registration (Could be paid by cash, credit card or cheque in two equal installments of Rs. 45,000/-)

Online / Distance Learning Course Fees :  USD $150 (for foreign students and other professionals and  healthcare workers living or working out of the Western Province in Sri Lanka will be considered on an individual case-by-case basis).

Online Course Start Date                 :  Zoom Group Class: Tuesday 14th  May 2024 (A maximum of 20 students will be enrolled for the online group class)

Individual Class: On a mutually agreeable timetable schedule – date and time (to be decided jointly by the participant and the resource person).

Resource Person / Lecturer:

Prof. Sir Romesh Jayasinghe, OLS, Ph.D.(Psy.), Dh.C.(Florida), Grad.Dip.Ed.(UK), FRSPH(UK), FACCPH(UK), FTBCCT(UK), Educator / Trainer, Psychotherapist, Certified Master Life Coach (USA), Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist (ICBCH, USA), Diploma in DBT(UK), Certified Advanced CBT Therapist (UK), Diploma in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), UK, Certified Relationship Coach (CPR, USA), Certified NLP Practitioner (USA), Certified Health Coach (UK), Certified Nutritionist (UK), Nutritional Therapist (UK), Certified Human Rights Consultant (USA)

Course Accreditation-1: This course is fully accredited by the Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists (ACCPH), UK




Course Accreditation-2: This course is fully endorsed and Accredited by the International Association of Therapists (IAOTH), Ireland.