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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) PGDip


Course facts

  • Name: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Qualification: PGDip
  • Duration: 2-4 years part-time

The post-graduate diploma provides a unique opportunity to gain a post-graduate qualification in DBT which will provide eligibility for accreditation as a therapist with the Society for DBT in the UK and Ireland.  The programme is provided in partnership with the internationally recognized British Isles DBT Training Team, who are Tier 1 affiliates of the Linehan Institute.  Through this programme, students will receive training and consultation from national and international experts in DBT, and in its two core components Mindfulness and Applied Behaviour Analysis.  During the course you will be taught how to set up and deliver a DBT programme, learn all the strategies of the treatment and deliver them in your clinical practice with expert guidance and feedback as you progress. 

Given the partnership nature of the programme, all applications for the PG Dip in DBT are processed through BIDBT.  To register your interest and start your application process, please email 

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Course Content

The PG Dip in DBT comprises five modules.

In Year 1, you will study PHP 4200, Theories and Principles of DBT, a thirty-credit residential or online module (5 days) that introduces you to the underpinning philosophies and theories of the treatment. This module also leads you through the process of setting up a DBT programme and commencing the treatment of clients using the treatment.

PHP 4201 follows and emphasizes the Clinical Applications of DBT. In this module, which is also thirty credits and will also be either residential or online for five days, you refine your skills in DBT case conceptualization and the delivery of the treatment, both at a programmatic and an individual therapy level. 

To complete the diploma, you then must complete three further twenty-credit modules that you can study in one year or spread over a further two years.

PMP 4015 Mindfulness in Individual Therapy helps you develop your skills in understanding the essence of mindfulness, a core pillar of DBT, and its application in individual therapy. This may be residential or online and part of the module will be run as a mindfulness retreat.

To develop your skills in Applied Behavioural Analysis, that underpins the problem-solving component of DBT, you will study online Principles of Learning and Behaviour Change (PLP4201) which will introduce you to the core elements of behaviourism, functional analysis and their application in clinical practice.

The final module PHP4202, Advanced Clinical Skills in DBT, consists of two, two-day training days (residential or online) enhancing your application of DBT skills and strategies within your individual therapy, your DBT programme and your Consultation Team. Part of this module requires you to source and pay for 20 hours of DBT supervision of your clinical practice, although some funding streams will pay for this along with your course fees. Guidance in finding a supervisor will be provided. 

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Modules page.

Entry Requirements


  • Must be employed by a healthcare organisation that expects them to be seeing clients 
  • Must be registered to practice with a regulatory professional body e.g. Health Professions Council, General Medical Council, Nursing & Midwifery Council, Professional Standards Authority. 

If a person does not have a professional registration but they have been employed in a role for two years that requires that they deliver psychological interventions under supervision, we will consider them for training provided their clinical supervisor is part of the DBT team and is Intensively Trained and is registered with a professional body.  

Applicants will be expected to be delivering a minimum of 2 days a week to the delivery of DBT in their clinical practice.  

  • IELTS standard: 6.5 

International Students

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

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All applications for the PG Dip in DBT are processed through BIDBT.  To register your interest and start your application process, please email 

Careers and Employability

Successful graduates of the PG Diploma will be eligible to apply for accreditation with the Society for DBT enabling them to deliver DBT within public and private sector healthcare organisations across the UK and Ireland.  The components of the diploma can also be used to fulfil part of the requirements to become a BABCP accredited CBT therapist. 


Individuals who are pursuing DBT Intensive Training™ paid for by their employer can apply to study the Diploma for which there will be additional charges – please contact Daniel Owen below for details.  Students or their employers will be required to fund the accommodation components of the residential modules and the supervision component of module PHP4202. 

Further information