Frequently asked questions
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▼ About Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., at the University of Washington, is a comprehensive cognitive-behavioural treatment for borderline personality disorder (BPD) and other complex 'multi-diagnostic' problems related to emotion dysregulation. DBT is especially effective for those with chronic suicidal or other severe, dysfunctional behaviours. Research has shown DBT to be effective in reducing suicidal behaviour, psychiatric hospitalisation, drop out from treatment, substance abuse, anger and interpersonal difficulties. Read more about DBT here.
▼ Finding DBT services
We are a New Zealand based DBT training and consultation provider and we are unable to make recommendations about individuals or services offering DBT or other treatments to healthcare users. If you are wanting to access health care services, including DBT, we recommend you contact your GP or your local community mental health service to discuss your needs. They often have knowledge about services in the area that provide DBT programmes or individual practitioners who have experience in this therapy.
▼ DBT Certification / Qualifications
In 2014, the US-based DBT-Linehan Board of Certification (DBT-LBC) program was launched to evaluate individual providers' DBT skills, knowledge, and abilities in order to determine if they are doing DBT from the evidence-based perspective. The DBT-LBC will use the results to develop a registry of certified DBT therapists, and eventually, DBT programs. Clients and their families, mental health professionals, governmental agencies, and insurance companies can use this list to find highly qualified DBT providers.
Visit the DBT-LBC website for full information about DBT Certification, including all the information you need to prepare, apply, and track the entire process.
The DBT-LBC process is the gold standard in establishing DBT competence. DBTNZ training can satisfy some of the essential prerequisites for the certification process but does not provide a qualification or statement of competence. We do issue certificates of attendance to participants.
▼ How to receive emails about DBT training
If you sign up to our wesbite we will occasionally send you emails about our trainings. Click here to sign up
. You can opt out of emails if you change your mind.
▼ Is DBTNZ training ‘official’ DBT training?
Yes. Training offered directly by DBTNZ has been developed by Dr Linehan and make available to us through our International Affiliate relationship with the Linehan Institute and our partnership with Behavioral Tech, LLC.
At times we may also host training events by other DBTNZ experts who work independently from the Linehan Institute or Behavioural Tech.
▼ Who can register for DBTNZ training
Our shorter training events are available to anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of DBT. It is assumed, but not required, that participants are registered mental health professionals.
As comprehensive DBT is a team-based treatment, our advanced events are typically available to members of DBT teams. Such events will clearly specify requirements in their descriptions
▼ How do I register for a training?
First create a DBT account: click here to start. Don't forget to confirm your sign-up by clicking the 'confirm' link in the email you receive from us.
Then log in, fill in your details, go to your chosen training page and click the button near the bottom to start signing up. You will receive PDF invoices automatically to your email.
We ask you to set up an account as some of our training requires meeting prerequisite criteria and this needs to be personalized to the applicant. It also forms a record of your prior DBTNZ training.
▼ Can I send the invoice to someone else?
Yes you can. When you register for a training you can specify up to two separate billing addresses for up to two separate invoices. This means a third party (like a workplace) can pay your account. Or you can have two others (e.g. two workplaces) pay parts of the bill on separate invoices.
▼ Can I register for someone else?
Our registration process is primarily designed for training participants to sign up and register themselves for training. This enable participants to view a record of training attended within their DBTNZ account. Also, for training where an application is required, we need to ensure the person is submitting their own details so we can determine their suitability.
It is possible for an administrator to sign up their colleagues. If you wish to be registered for this feature please contact us and discuss your needs. Note some application forms on advanced DBT training can only be completed by the applicant.
▼ Can I change who my invoice is addressed to?
Unless the invoice has already been paid, you can log in to your account, go to the training page, click the 'Your details' tab and change the invoice details. Then if you click the 'download your invoice' link the new version will have those details.
▼ Can I register with a paper form?
Sorry no. The only way to regster is on-line.
▼ What is DBTNZ
DBTNZ has been established by a small group of NZ clinicians who want to enable the implementation and delivery of high quality DBT services in New Zealand.DBTNZ is an international affiliate of the US based Linehan Institute. The Linehan Instituite was established by Dr Marsha Linehan with the goals of making compassionate and effective treatments available to all persons with complex and severe mental disorders. Behavioral Tech, LLC, is the company aligned with The Linehan Institute to provide training in DBT and related treatments. DBTNZ offers training in collaboration and under licence from Behavioral Tech.
▼ Our trainers
Dr Emily Cooney received her doctoral degree and diploma in clinical psychology from the University of Otago, New Zealand. She has worked in the US, the UK, and New Zealand in a range of clinical roles, with children, young people, and adults, and in inpatient, intensive outpatient, and community outpatient settings. Emily is currently working as a clinical psychologist at the Kari Centre (the central Auckland child & adolescent mental health service) and as a clinical advisor on a programme that provides advice to CYF practitioners about management of suicidal young people under CYF. She has served as a research therapist on two trials of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) under Dr Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington, and is the principal investigator on a feasibility study comparing DBT with treatment as usual for self-harming adolescents. She has also overseen a DBT programme and supervised students within that programme at Yale University.
is a clinical psychologist who has worked in NZ and UK mental health settings since the mid-1990s after initially working for NZ Department of Corrections in the early 1990s. He was a founding member of New Zealand’s first dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) programme in 1998 and works as a DBT therapist, skills trainer and programme coordinator in an adult DHB DBT programme. He was a research therapist on a NZ DBT trial with self-harming adolescents and their families. He is a founding member of DBTNZ. Mike has considerable experience consulting and training in New Zealand. He has been a trainer for a number of Behavioral Tech licensed events including DBT intensive trainings. He lives in Auckland.
Dr Roy Krawitz is a psychiatrist (Waikato DHB) and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer (Auckland University) specializing for the last 25 years in working with people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and in DBT specifically the last 10 years. Roy has authored 5 books on BPD. Roy has been the lead or co-trainer at 10 Behavioral Tech-licensed trainings.
Dr Kirsten Davis is a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in working with children, young people and their families. Kirsten has been involved in development, implementation and coordination of a DBT Programme for young people and their families at the Kari Centre (an outpatient child and adolescent community mental health service in Auckland). Kirsten was a co-investigator in a randomized feasibility trial of DBT for adolescents and their families in New Zealand and has provided DBT training both within mental health services and has been a co-trainer for several Behavioural Tech licensed events. Kirsten provides DBT supervision and consultation to both individuals and DBT consultation teams within both adult and adolescent community mental health services.
Shelly Hindle is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked for over 10 years in DBT teams in adolescent services and more recently in the area of eating disorders. She was the lead researcher on a treatment development study for adolescents utilising DBT to treat eating disorders. She currently works for a DHB specialty Eating Disorder service and is developing DBT treatment for multi-problematic Anorexia Nervosa. She has presented at both national and international conferences on DBT for eating disorders. Shelly also provides DBT specific supervision to individuals and teams and consultation to DBT clinician’s around eating disorders.