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Expressing Gratitude: DBT-LBC Certification Discounts

The past 2 years have really given the term ‘new normal’ a whole new meaning. How can you find gratitude in this ‘new normal’? As an organization of volunteers, DBT-LBC is forever grateful for everyone in the DBT community working to help those struggling the most.  With so many continuing to struggle and settle into this ‘new normal’, there has never been a better time to apply for DBT-LBC certification. Clinicians deserve to be acknowledged for the hard work of delivering DBT and certification through DBT-LBC will do just that. It will provide confidence to those seeking out a treatment that they so desperately need.  In an effort to continue encouraging clinicians to achieve the highest level of DBT, DBT-Linehan Board of Certification is pleased to reinforce attendance at ISITDBT for the 2nd year by offering financial incentives for individuals or programs who also apply now for certification.

DBT-LBC is offering a discount for applications, for both clinician certification and program certification, submitted between October 1, 2021 and January 31, 2022.  You can find all of the details in the newsletter as well as at and 2021 CONFERENCE |

When I find myself stuck in fighting the reality of this ‘new normal’, I find it helpful to think about something Marsha has said, “DBT is not a suicide prevention program, DBT is a life worth living program” and how easy it is to skip the life worth living and just focus on keeping the client alive because it is too scary to think they are going to die. Yes, I know this is a totally different situation; however, we can look at this ‘new normal’ in a similar way. It can be hard to focus on what we are grateful for when the uncertainty of everything going on is too scary to not consume us and become the focus. Well, as we all know rabbit holes are real and they will suck the best of us in before we even know it, at least I have found myself in the rabbit hole more than I would like to admit.  I am grateful for my team to lend a hand to pull me out of the rabbit hole and be willing to take my hand when they need pulled out. What are you grateful for?

While no one has the magic wand to make things go back to our ‘old normal’ we are all well equipped with skills to be able to look at that rabbit hole and say “nope, not today” and practice radical acceptance and work to find the meaning in this ‘new normal’. I know that this is not new information to any of us; however, the reality is that we are more human than anything else and we all need reminders and support when we trip and fall into that hole. In addition to practicing our own skills, expressing gratitude towards others has been proven to improve our overall wellbeing and sense of happiness. Keep in mind that our ‘new normal’ has not taken away our ability to practice skills or express gratitude towards others.

We are grateful for ISITDBT.  It is a time when we can all come together and network and connect with the DBT community both near and far. Making connections along with personal and professional friendships that are sure to last a lifetime. We are grateful for the efforts of the organizers of ISITDBT. They have worked hard to adapt and still bring us all together in a way that we are all too familiar with these days, through a screen.

While we, at DBT-LBC, will definitely miss seeing so many of you in person again this year, we join with the organizers with confidence that this will be once again an amazing conference. And for that we are grateful!!

With love and gratitude to all,

Dr. Kimberly Vay

President, DBT-Linehan Board of Certification