DBTNCAA’s national standards development was an interactive process between nationally recognized experts in DBT and EBPP and stakeholders.
The results of our Participation Surveys submitted by providers in 18 States indicated that most DBT therapists support the application of DBT across settings and populations. Further, the results showed that most DBT therapists recognize that empirical models need to be balanced with expertise and client needs. Last, the results reflected that the majority of DBT therapists think that clinical outcomes are at least as or more important than assuming success based on adherence to the standard model.
These results lend support to the philosophy and goal of DBTNCAA: creating positive outcomes through using clinical outcome data to inform therapy.
- Certification and accreditation exists to benefit consumers.
- DBT providers and programs will be most effective when Evidence-Based Practice in Psychology (EBPP) is applied with fidelity to the approved policy of the American Psychological Association (APA).