CMHE Accreditation in STT & DBT

SW Pub Lect_Babette Rothschild_1The Centre for Mental Health Education administers a credentialing program for the Australian DBT Institute in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and for Babette Rothschild in the Asia Pacific region for Somatic Trauma Therapy (STT).

Our credentialing programs are overseen by service Director Peter King who has contributed to the development of over 50 DBT informed programs in Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asia. Peter also provides supervision to clinicians seeking credentialing and delivers Intensive training with Babette Rothschild in STT for PTSD! Our credentialing team includes Babette Rothschild the developer of Somatic Trauma Therapy and leading Clinical Psychologists who have attended both Babette’s 12 Day Intensive Training and Behavioral Tech LLC’s Intensive Training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).


If you are a member of an incorporated association of a helping profession and have completed recognised training you may be eligible to apply to be a CMHE Credentialed Somatic Trauma Therapist or Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Informed Therapist.

If your application is approved, you will be awarded an accreditation that is valid for 3 years here in Australia. The accreditation process means you are formally recognised by the Centre for Mental Health Education as a Credentialed Somatic Trauma Therapist or/& Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Informed Therapist. Successful applicants will be included in an international database of credentialed DBT &/or STT therapists to managed by the Centre for Mental Health Education.

To gain accreditation, applicants must demonstrate that they:

  • Are members of an incorporated association of a helping profession eg. Social Work, Psychology, Mental Health Nursing, Psychotherapy, Counselling
  • Completed a recognised specialist post registration course in the treatment approach you seek to be credentialed (Somatic Trauma Therapy – Intensive Training in STT for PTSD. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy – Teams Training)
  • Have 200 hours of person-­to-person psychotherapy experience and 50 hours of supervision relating to a minimum of 200 hours of client contact. Applicants will also be asked to complete a Statement of Practice & Supervision
  • Have acquired minimum continuing professional development points for education and practice as well as a Statement of Continuing Professional Development
  • Have completed a Personal Statement of Practiceoutlining the theoretical perspective, experiences, self-awareness, knowledge & understanding and reasons for their interest in the field of the treatment approach you seek to be credentialed in
  • Are supported by two professional referees
  • Original criminal record/ police check, conducted within the past 12 months.

What is a Personal Statement of Practice?
Firstly, a Personal Statement of Practice should describe how the applicant’s interest in the treatment approach you seek to be credentialed in developed; second, it needs to consider the applicant’s perception of personal strengths, self-awareness, and areas in need of development in relation to becoming a therapist; and third, it should describe a personal statement in relation to the applicant’s experience and vision of professional work.

What is meant by Self-awareness?
Self-awareness is a vital component for all therapists; this criterion asks you about your own self-awareness, what goes on inside of you whilst with a client, and how this impacts on your practice.

What is meant by Knowledge and Understanding?
Knowledge and Understanding – here you are asked about your knowledge and understanding of the way in which you work, which will be individual to all therapists.

What is a Statement of Continuing Professional Development?
Statement of Continuing Professional Development is an applicant’s opportunity to discuss their use of CPD using a recent example of a CPD activity completed and showing how you incorporate your learning into your practice.

What is a statement of Practice & Supervision?
Statement of Practice & Supervision asks an applicant to provide one recent case study to show how they work in practice…to show that you work in the way that you say you do, and to show how you have used supervision to develop, grow and benefit your client.


Accreditation of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) programs helps consumers make informed choices with their treatment program options. The Australian DBT Institute gives consumers the confidence that accredited DBT programs apply treatment in an evidence-based manner that emphasises clinical outcomes and results. Programs are accredited as either DBT or DBT Informed Programs.

Accredited Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) programs have met all of the following criteria:

  • Service has undertaken Australian DBT Institute teams training in DBT or received DBT training from another credible organisation (e.g. Behavioral Tech LLC);
  • Program identifies a review process and Program Improvement Planning based on clinical outcomes.
  • Have an orientation program for all new DBT program staff;
  • Clear & accessible program policies and procedures;
  • Safe management of clinical records in accordance with Australian laws;
  • Recognise the rights of consumers;
  • Qualified clinical staff with experience in treatment of individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD);
  • Program is financially viable to provide services to consumers;

 If you are a from an organisation seeking to become an Australian DBT Insitute Accredited DBT Program please contact Peter King on 03 9077 2096 or email

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