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Welcome to the SfDBT…

The Society for Dialectical Behaviour Therapy has been set up in the UK as a professional organisation for Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) practitioners and for those who are interested in furthering the development of DBT as an evidence-based treatment.

The organisation has developed in response to a call from the growing number of DBT therapists in the UK and Ireland to create a membership organisation capable of protecting the interests of patients and representing the interests of therapists.

We seek to ensure that DBT is provided in a safe, ethical, professional and accountable manner.

On the website you will find information about the Aims of the Society, Therapist Resources and the classes of membership.  In addition, the Society, in affiliation with the  Linehan Board of Certification, accredits therapists in DBT and you will find information about this process on the website.

2021 ANNUAL SfDBT Conference

Theme : Adapting DBT for Diversity

The SfDBT is delighted to announce that booking for the 2021 Annual conference is now open through the SfDBT website (

Once again due to covid restrictions the conference will be held virtual (on zoom). We were delighted with how smoothly this ran last year and that the virtual delivery allowed delegates from around the UK and abroad to participate.

Conference Structure

This year we are offering two half day workshops on Thursday 14th October and the full day conference on Friday 15th October.

Fees for each day are separate and you can book either or both.

Workshops Thursday 14th : 2-5pm

Two workshops in parallel:

  • Adapting DBT for the LGBTI+ Community

Jeffrey Cohen (NY, USA) and Colleen Sloan (Boston, USA)

  • Adapting DBT for Neurodiversity

Rachel Worthington (UK)

Conference Friday 15th

The full programme for the Conference is on the website. We have two very exciting Keynote speakers:

  • Adaptations of DBT in Asia: Research Findings and Clinical Considerations

Shian-Ling Keng, PhD, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and Head of Studies for Psychology at Yale-NUS College, Singapore

  • The Elephant in the room: Discussions of anti-racism and cultural awareness in the delivery of DBT

Vibh Forsythe-Cox, Clinical Associate Professor and inaugural Director of the Marsha M. Linehan DBT Clinic


During the day we also have four workshops to select from twice (so that all delegates can attend 2/4 workshops) Theses incluce:

  • Embedding Mindfulness in Everyday life (Christine Dunkley),
  • DBT for Substance Abuse (Janet Feigenbaum),
  • Therapists TIB and the Social Graces (Emma Kenworthy and Emily Igoe),
  • Dealing with non-attendance in DBT (Michaela Swales).


  • Half day pre-conference workshops (14th October 2-5pm):  £30 members/£40 non-members
  • Full day conference (15th October): £30 members/£50 non-members



The International Association for DBT

We’re excited to announce the formation of the International Association for DBT (IADBT). During the past 3 years, over 30 international DBT experts have been convening to ensure Marsha’s legacy lived on once she retired with regard to ongoing DBT treatment development, training and research.

This temporary steering committee recently created the IADBT as a guiding umbrella organization for the many regional organizations that have formed worldwide, like SfDBT, ISITDBT (US) and others.

Please find a more detailed description about what IADBT plans to do in the materials we are distributing. Stay tuned for more information about IADBT membership and the range of benefits in early 2021.