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Effective Compassion

At the heart of our mission is a commitment to ensuring excellence and adherence to the highest standards in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Our goal is to serve the public and relevant stakeholders by offering a trusted resource for identifying providers and programs that deliver DBT in alignment with the evidence-based research established by Dr. Linehan and her colleagues.

Our certification process rigorously assesses clinicians to ensure they possess the knowledge and skills essential for delivering DBT with adherence to the model as it has been researched. Similarly, we evaluate DBT programs to verify they have the necessary components and organizational structure to implement DBT with fidelity.

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Becoming Certified

Begin your journey towards DBT-LBC™ Individual Clinician Certification and DBT-LBC™ Program Certification.



Emotional? Overwhelmed? No treatment seems to help? Struggling to find a treatment that might help? 

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Search our roster of certified clinicians and programs who have demonstrated proficiency in delivering Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) according to the model as it was researched by Dr. Linehan and colleagues.

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive multi-diagnostic, modularized behavioral intervention designed to treat individuals with severe mental disorders and out-of-control cognitive, emotional and behavioral patterns.

It has been commonly viewed as a treatment for individuals meeting criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) with chronic and high-risk suicidality, substance dependence or other disorders. However, over the years, data has emerged demonstrating that DBT is also effective for a wide range of other disorders and problems, most of which are associated with difficulties regulating emotions and associated cognitive and behavioral patterns.

Why get Certified?

Certification has important advantages for individual therapists, for DBT programs, and for the collective effort that we all have contributed to the overall field of DBT treatment development and delivery.

DBT-LBC™ Certification provides the consumer and their loved ones with confidence that the clinician/program has been independently evaluated and has demonstrated efficiency in delivering the treatment as researched.

DBT-LBC™ Certification is an indication, for those who are researching their treatment options, that they will find in you a professional who meets high national standards.

Latest Blog Posts


Where are we? Where can we do better, try harder, and be more motivated to change?

The DBT-Linehan Board of Certification™ (DBT-LBC™), Diversity and Inclusion Committee recently solicited feedback from our community via a survey to evaluate our members’ experiences. We were specifically interested in the experiences respective to diversity and inclusion within our organization and throughout the certification process. While we acknowledge that there are barriers outside of the scope…

Part II-Recap from the June Webinar: “Tips for Working with LGBTQ+ Clients in DBT”

Did you miss the webinar “Tips for Working with LGBTQ+ clients in DBT” presented by Drs. Skerven and Camp? This is Part II to the June Blog post where we will continue to highlight ways to tailor DBT skills training, address traumatic invalidation, and build a culturally responsive environment for LGBTQ+ clients. Don’t hesitate to…

Part I-Recap from the June Webinar: “Tips for Working with LGBTQ+ Clients in DBT”

This webinar provided a wealth of theoretical and practical information for clinicians. In fact, there’s so much to share that we plan on dedicating both June’s blog posts to this training! Today, we share tips on building a foundation of cultural competency for working with LGBTQ+ clients. Our next blog will feature specific interventions using…