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date: 28 February 2021

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Evidence-based training is a key component in the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatments. Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is a well-established evidence-based treatment for suicidal behaviours and emotion dysregulation. However, after publication of the first DBT clinical trial and treatment text, few routes were available to meet the demand for training outside of the treatment development laboratory. Additionally, due to inconsistent standards and regulations for professional training in evidence-based treatments, few mental health professionals had the opportunity to receive training in DBT. To meet the training needs and maintain fidelity to a resource-intensive evidence-based treatment, a novel model of training was developed. Consequentially, an intensive model of training remains the primary means by which practising professionals are trained in standard DBT. This chapter reviews the development and structure of intensive training in DBT and the evidence for the training model’s effectiveness.

Keywords: Dialectical behaviour therapy, evidence-based treatments, evidence-based training, dissemination, implementation

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