Yearly Exam Dates available now - computer-based testing with instant results provided!
There will be three exam windows every year. Deadlines for being able to apply will still be six weeks prior to the beginning of the month you wish to take the exam. For example, if you want to take the exam any time in the month of April, you must have your application submitted by February 19th.
Exam windows and deadlines for 2018:
MarchApril/May January 19 is the deadline for the March timeframe; February 19 is the deadline for April; March 20 is the deadline for May.
August/September: June 20 is the application deadline for the August exam window; July 23 is the deadline for the September exam window.
November/December: September 20 is the application deadline for the November exam window; October 23 for the December exam window.
Please remember we do significant work on reviewing your application (and, if changes are needed, getting them back from you) before you are approved to sit for the exam. The review process will take about 4-6 weeks. Please respond to any requests for revisions in a timely manner so you will have the opportunity for the earliest exam dates within the timeframe you desire. You will then receive an email indicating the need for revisions or that you have been approved to select your exam date.
You must submit an application to DBT-LBC to be granted admission to a Pearson Vue testing center. They require the admission number we provide for admission. Please do not contact them directly to schedule your exam without that approval number. It will be sent to you via email.
The fee for using the Pearson Vue testing center will be paid directly to Pearson Vue. (It will be about $150. We hope the convenience of using a Center near you will help save travel and lodging costs and make this much more affordable to our examinees.)
There are 242 Pearson Vue testing centers in all 50 states, 4 in US territories, 1 in DC and 13 in Canada for a total of 260. We are working out the details of education and licensure requirements for our Canadian applicants. A few of the small states in the US have just one testing center, while the larger states have more (CA has 22, TX has 19 and NY has 17). This allows for a broad availability of testing center options thoughout the US and Canada.
DBT-LBC followed a psychometrically sound process in developing the Knowledge Exam. An expert psychometrician coached the Item Writing Committee in Standard Setting and best practices developed by ANSI, NCCA, CLEAR, etc. Methods were used to set a criterion-referenced standard for testing basic competence. Questions are based solely on the published work of Dr. Marsha Linehan in her treatment manual, Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personalisty Disorder, May 1993, the DBT Skills Training Manuals (1993 and 2014) and an article on validation - Validation and Psychotherapy, Linehan in Bohart & Greenberg, (Eds.), Empathy Reconsidered: New Directions in Psychotherapy, 333-392. Here is the link for that article https://www.researchgate.net/publication/232561580. The committee of content experts working on the new certification in DBT developed six domains of content for the knowledge exam along with determining the relative percentages of each domain. The six areas and related percentages are: 10% related to structuring the treatment; 15% about Problem Assessment strategies; 30% around Problem Solving strategies; 20% on Validation concepts and application; 15% on the use of Dialectical Strategies; and 10% on Protocols of treatment. Actual scores from the first 100 exams administered were used to set the cut score and the Board of Directors made the final determination. The exam was developed to be unambiguous in a multiple choice format. There is only one correct answer to each question.
Re-taking an exam
If you do not pass your first attempt at the exam, you are allowed to re-take the exam within four to twelve months after you have been unsuccessful. You will be eligible for the next available exam window that falls after four months have elapsed but not sooner. The only fee involved will be for the use of the Pearson Vue testing centers. There is no additional charge from DBT-LBC for the first retake within the 12 month period. If you do not pass your second attempt, we recommend you take at least 12 months for additional study and possible consultation with a DBT expert/certified clinician to help clarify any misunderstandings you may have of the materials. Due to the administrative tasks that will need to be provided for the third exam opportunity (or one taken after 12 months has elapsed), there will be an additional exam fee ($270) from DBT-LBC also. Your application will need to be updated before indicating an interest in re-taking the exam after 12 months. It will be reviewed and verified once more to assure the most recent professional status in good standing.
Initial paper and pencil exams were offered to get DBT-LBC launched in 2014
The first exam was offered on September 13th in Seattle at the University of Washington. For that exam administration, a small group of applicants who met all requirements and whose information had been verified successfully sat for the exam.
The second Certification exam was held in Philadelphia on November 19, 2014. Exam results were sent out in early January. Strict psychometric analysis was conducted to assure fairness of the exam and its scoring. Congratulations to all examinees for being part of the initial pilot exams.
All subsequent exams are now administered only through computer-based testing at the Pearson Vue testing centers. Immediate results are provided. Accommodations for applicants with documented disabilites can be initiated by sending a message through the Contact Us link. We will be happy to work with you.
Please remember that when you participate in this Certification process, one of the agreements you will make is to preserve and honor the security of any tests and measurements you participate in. This is part of a code of ethical conduct and any violation of the confidential nature of the exam, its content, questions, Work Product materials, Case Formulations, etc. will immediately result in the revocation of your certification. We are committed to the highest standards in our processes and fairness to all is an important component of our efforts.
Sample exam questions
While we are not providing any sample exams, we have had many requests to see what the questions would look like. Here are three questions that reflect the form the questions will take. None of these will be on the exam itself. As you can see they are straightforward and unambiguous. There are no multiple correct answers; only one correct reponse to each question. All questions are based on the published texts by Dr. Marsha Linehan.
1. Which of the following statements about skills training in standard DBT is true?
A. Leaders may decide how and when Interpersonal skills are covered and may shorten the module as necessary to make room for the other skills and topics as needed.
B. Emotion Regulation skills are repeatedly discussed and practiced throughout skills training. They are the first skills taught and are reviewed between each of the other modules.
C. Leaders may decide how and when Mindfulness skills are covered and may shorten the module as necessary to make room for the other skills and topics as needed.
D. Mindfulness skills are repeatedly discussed and practiced thoughout skills training. They are the first skills taught and are reviewd between each of the other modules.
2. High sensitivity to emotions as seen in individuals with BPD:
A. is probably caused by previous therapists not believing them;
B. is probably caused by abusive caregivers;
C. results in intense reactions to even slight frustrations or disapproval;
D. results in therapists needing to handle them with "kid gloves".
3. When pharmacotherapy is an ancillary treatment, the primary therapist's role is to:
A. Coach the patient on how to be effective with his/her pharmacotherapist.
B. Suggest to the client the best medications for his/her symptoms.
C. Ignore any medication-related issues the client brings up.
D. Contact the pharmacotherapist if the client isn't taking his/her medications as prescribed.