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My greatest therapeutic challenge became my biggest success.

It was my first client diagnosed with borderline personality disorder — it's hard to think of an obstacle this client didn't present.

Depression, self-harm, extreme isolation, chronic anxiety, panic attacks, poor relationships & hygiene...

Progress was slow. I couldn't get her to take lessons from therapy outside of the room. I finally convinced her to join my DBT group... something dramatic happened.

The intensity behind her borderline symptoms became radically redirected. She began to complete homework, meet hygiene goals, mend important relationships... Eventually, she got her first job and romantic partner!

Astonishing, isn't it? Decades later, I'm still proud of my progress with this client. That's why I've developed this absolutely essential DBT & Personality Disorders certification course with PESI.

I'm inviting you to join me and more than 10,000 of your colleagues who I've already trained to become an expert on treating difficult clients.

Get evidenced-based interventions from DBT, gain new insight into personality disorders, and the expertise to integrate this knowledge — so you can tailor treatment to each unique clients' needs.

You want to look back on your career as a therapist and know that you offered your clients something real — therapy that changes their lives.


Lane Pedersen, PhD

P.S. — If you take this chance to advance your practice we'll cover the cost of both certifications!

DBT & Personality Disorder Certification Training

Just $699.99 Today
$1,186.97 Value!
Get Dual DBT & Personality Certification if you're ready to:
  • ✓  Advance your knowledge in one of the most in-demand approaches
  • ✓  Stand out to employers, colleagues and attract new clients
  • ✓  Build your confidence treating some of the most challenging diagnoses on your caseload
  • ✓  Get over 44 CE hours in your professional library to review at your own pace AND keep forever

All while improving the lives of your clients & enhancing therapy outcomes beyond the last session!

Course Outline

Personality Disorder Certification Training
Gregory W. Lester, Ph.D. | Click here for information about Gregory Lester

Dr. Lester is a clinical, consulting, and research psychologist that presents over 2,000 personality disorders trainings to more than 200,000 professionals yearly. In his 40 years of clinical practice, Dr. Lester has treated over 1,000 personality disorder cases and has performed psychological evaluations on more than 2,500 individuals. Learn from him how to:
  • ✓  Stop the rotating door of therapy — keep clients making gains well beyond the last session
  • ✓  Apply evidence-based interventions to make therapy easier for you AND your client
  • ✓  Shut-down therapy interring behaviors to keep sessions on track
  • ✓  Approach therapy with "disordered" versus "normal" personalities and WHY it matters
Pre-Therapy Essentials
  • Breaking traditional models of mental health
  • "Normal" vs disordered personalities
  • The impact of a chronic condition
  • Is it really everybody else?
  • How to replace "normal" talk with effective communication
The Effects of Personality Disorders
  • Difficulties for themselves & loved ones
  • Predict behaviors
  • Cluster A personality disorders
    • Paranoid
    • Schizoid
    • Schizotypal
  • Cluster B personality disorders
    • Antisocial
    • Borderline
    • Histrionic
    • Narcissistic
  • Cluster C personality disorders
    • Avoidant
    • Dependent
    • Obsessive-Compulsive
Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Diagnosis is EVERYTHING
  • 5 steps to identification & diagnosis
  • Impact of misunderstanding etiology
  • Your single biggest clinical mistake
  • The cause of personality disorders
  • Treating vs. managing
  • Make an accurate prognosis
  • How to choose the best intervention
  • Develop effective treatment goals for all Clusters
Empirically Validated Intervention Approaches
  • Interventions Based on "Treatability"
  • Optimal functioning
    • Mentalization-Based Treatment
    • Transference-Focused Psychotherapy
    • Interpersonal Reconstructive Psychotherapy
    • Object Relations Developmental Psychotherapy
  • Adequate functioning
    • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
    • Schema-Based Treatment
    • Personality-Guided Psychotherapy
  • Targeted behavior improvement
    • Tactical Therapy
    • Strategic Therapy
    • Structural Therapy
    • Limitations and risks
  • 4-Step treatment approach
  • 3-Step manage approach
  • 3 Must-have intervention
Special Issues with Personality Disorders
  • Interventions for Co-occurring Conditions
    • Typical co-occurring disorders for the 10 subtypes
    • Sequencing interventions
    • Medication do's and don'ts
  • Crisis Management: Self-Harm and Suicide Interventions
    • Fundamental misunderstandings
    • Physiological effects and motivations
    • Reduce or eliminate self-harm
    • Harvard's 3 distinctions of suicidality
    • Interventions for chronic & acute suicidality
  • Unique Considerations
    • Modifications for Children & Adolescents
    • Couples and family therapy
    • Working with significant others
      • Methods to help them stay out of difficulties
      • Coach for effective management
      • Self-care for significant others

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Certification Training
Lane Pederson, PsyD, LP, C-DBT | Click here for information about Lane Pederson

Lane Pederson, PsyD, LP, C-DBT, has provided Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) training and consultation to over 10,000 professionals internationally. A master practitioner, Dr. Pederson has developed DBT programs for adolescents, adults, people with dual disorders, and people with developmental disabilities. From this incredible expert you'll learn how to:
  • ✓  Intensive training on DBT foundations & nuanced application of technique
  • ✓  Customize treatment while staying true to the evidenced-base model of DBT
  • ✓  Get clients to do their homework — consistently!
  • ✓  Apply DBT to unique clinical populations — BIPOC & more!
DBT Models: Basics & Beyond
  • Six decades of empirical research
  • Modes and Formats
  • Evidence-Based Practices versus treatments
  • Maximizing therapeutic factors
  • Biosocial theory of difficulties
  • How theory drives therapy
  • Update to theory: RO-DBT
Starting Out: Commitment Strategies & Therapy Structure
  • A multi-layered approach
  • Commitment as exposure therapy
  • Difference from normalization
  • Communication styles: reciprocal & irreverent
  • Structure as a therapeutic factor
  • Create the optimal therapy environment
  • Follow the stages of treatment
  • Treatment targets: suicidality, self-injury, therapy-interfering behavior & more
Four Pillars of DBT
  • Mindfulness
    • What skills: observe describe, participate
    • How skills: nonjudgmental, one-mindful, effectively
    • Mindfulness practice and application
  • Distress Tolerance
    • How to utilize the wise mind
    • IMPROVE the moment
    • Pros and cons
    • Radical acceptance/turning the mind
  • Emotional regulation
    • Build positive experiences
    • Opposite action
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness
    • FAST skills
    • GIVE skills
    • DEAR MAN skills
Diary Cards & Behavior Analysis
  • The foundational skills
  • Adapted for special populations
  • Getting the client on board
  • Build awareness and options
  • Bridge into solution analysis
Supplemental and Updated Skills
  • Urge surfing & bridge burning
  • TIP
  • Exposure techniques
    • When to use
    • Standard protocols
    • Alternatives to exposure
  • Behavioral principals & best models
  • Contingency procedures
  • DBT-style cognitive interventions
  • Special populations: children, adolescents, SUDs
Suicidality Management & Hospitalization
  • When is self-injury life-threatening?
  • Creating alternatives to self-harm
  • Suicide assessment techniques
  • Safety plans and commitments
  • Effective versus contra-indicated hospitalization
  • Manage level of care transitions
Consultation & Treatment Teams
  • Increase motivation & collaboration
  • Develop effective responses
  • Cultivate effective treatment teams
  • Develop your action plan

Certification FAQ

YES! Certification is one of the best things you can do for yourself, your practice, and your clients. Certification shows that you've met established guidelines of training and expertise. Plus, being certified signals to potential clients and employers your specialty area, helping you to see the clients you want. Don't just take our word for it, listen to what your colleagues have to say:
  • "Being certified in DBT has increased my client base, and has been fantastic for my clients!"
    — Catherine Jones, LMHC, C-DBT

  • "Certification has really boosted my clientele. Now, I have a full practice with an extensive waiting list because of it."



Yes! But to share the gift of great therapy with you and your clients we offer the highest quality courses at the best possible prices. We've put together this dual DBT and Personality Disorder certifications course to do just that!

You can apply the skills from DBT to treat symptoms from every personality disorder — narcissistic anger, histrionic dramas, anti-social opposition, obsessive-compulsive anxiety & so much more. Beyond this, with your new expertise in DBT, you'll also be able to help clients struggling with depression, anxiety, self-harm, mood disorders, trauma & more.

Why stop at one certification when you can earn both at no extra cost! Plus, look at it this way, you'll have TWO amazing credentials after your name — one of the best ways to attract clients AND employers. So, take the plunge to become certified in DBT & Personality Disorders!


Watch your email for your order confirmation and get instant access to all course materials, including the bonus materials.

You'll have unlimited access to all course videos and materials online forever — to view at your own pace. Plus, use the PESI Mobile app to access the course content on your phone or tablet, anytime anywhere!

Instantly collaborate with other professionals on the course materials through interactive message boards. You'll be part of a community of hundreds of practitioners all focused on passionately helping clients thrive.

Complete your online CE tests and earn up to 44.25 CE hours! Click here for CE credit details and credit details specific to your profession.

Become Certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (C-DBT) and a Certified Personality Disorder Professional (C-PD) through Evergreen Certifications. Certification lets colleagues, employers, and clients know that you've invested the extra time and effort necessary to understand the complexities of treating individuals' Personality Disorders. Professional standards apply.

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Step 1: Complete this training at your convenience.
Step 2: Complete the continuing education quizzes and instantly print your certificates of completion.
Step 3: Submit the Certification Questionnaire included in this training, and your application is complete.

That’s it! No hidden fees. No catch. Just certification made EASY.

Plus, upon completion of this course, you'll get a displayable certificate of recognition that you can instantly print, letting clients and employers know that you've taken the time and effort to get specialized training in this specific area of counseling and support.

Don't wait to add these valuable skills and strategies to your therapeutic toolbox… Purchase Today!

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Frequently Asked Questions

YES! Certification shows that you've met established guidelines of training and expertise. Plus, being certified signals to potential clients and employers your specialty area, helping you to see the clients you want. Certification is one of the best things you can do for yourself, your practice, and your clients.


Yes! This course helps you take your practice to the next level. Whether you're seeking new evidence-based treatment modalities, delving into new patient populations or wanting research-oriented solutions to complex problems you're going to find those skills & MORE! Get advanced training and knowledge in treating personality disorders and the application of one of the most sought-after interventions, DBT.


With over 44 hours of online video training, insightful commentary, case studies and examples, you will take away powerful new clinical strategies to immediately apply in your own practice! We encourage you to take the time to fully absorb everything. Watch the videos. Read the materials. Get your CE hours! But, if you review all of the course materials and are still not satisfied, give us a call at 800-844-8260. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.


Yes! Once you register for this course — the materials, including bonus content, are yours to keep and access FOREVER!

DBT & Personality Disorder Certification Training

Just $699.99 Today
$1,186.97 Value!
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We’re that confident you'll find this learning experience to be all that's promised and more than you expected.

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