Practitioner Approval

Information and Requirements
1.1 Is gaining DBR-P Approved required to practice DBR?

Becoming DBR-P Approved is not a requirement to practice DBR.  It is a voluntary process supportive of development of knowledge, skills and competency in the application of DBR.  The approval process is intended to support therapist integration of DBR which in turn, will hopefully enhance client/patient outcomes.

1.2 Why do I need to work towards becoming DBR-P Approved?

DBR Trainings UK considers the practitioner approval process to be of importance for several reasons.

DBR is a novel and scientifically based approach to the practice of working with clients who have experienced trauma. This not only requires the acquisition and development of skills and knowledge, facilitating progression from being a DBR novice to achieving skill and competence in DBR, it also requires therapists to develop capacity to work from a deep brain level of self-integration and understanding.

One of the important ways that these requirements can be achieved is through working towards attaining DBR-P Approval.  Benefits include:

  • Deepens and develops the learning experience gained from DBR Level 1, 2 and 3 training
  • Supports ethically sound and robust clinical application of DBR
  • Develops therapist integration at a deep brain level
  • Enhances DBR treatment and research fidelity
  • Monitors and maximises client/ patient protection

As a means of achieving this, DBR Trainings UK has developed approval frameworks to support clinicians in working towards achievement of both ‘DBR-P Approved’ and Deep Brain Reorienting Consultant Approved (DBR-C Approved) status. The main purpose of these are the demonstration of key competencies by the clinician.

DBR Trainings UK is the ONLY organisation globally endorsed by Professor Frank Corrigan to grant DBR-P Approved status and DBR-C Approved certificates.

You are eligible for the ‘DBR-P Approved’ certificate if you can demonstrate you meet the following:

a. you have met the DBR training eligibility criteria (see 3 below)
b. minimum of two years practice with DBR (see 4 below)
c. minimum of 25 hours case consultations, of which at least 5 must be individual case consults must take place with an approved DBR-Consultant (DBR-C Approved) (see 5 below)
d. minimum of 8 personal DBR sessions with a DBR-P, DBR-C (see 6 below)
e. a minimum of three DBR-C reviewed session transcripts or recordings (see 7 below)
f. a minimum of 20 clients presented at case consults where DBR has been employed (see 8 below)
g. a minimum of 100 DBR practice hours (see 8 below)
h. a proposal letter of recommendation, verifying the number of cases brought to consultation, from each of the DBR-C with whom case consults have taken place (see 9 below)
i. a proposal letter from a Professional or Notary who is able to attest to your ‘Good Standing’ professionally (see 10 below).

3.1 Eligibility to Train in DBR

In order to meet eligibility requirements to train in DBR, you must have:

  • a core professional qualification in mental health and/or psychotherapy
  • a minimum of 2 years post registration/licensure experience
  • current professional body registration/licensure
  • current professional indemnity insurance
  • significant experience of working with trauma and/or complex trauma, and/or who have been trained in psychologically based trauma focused approaches.
3.2 Scope of Practice

Please note: DBR Training is not a certification/diploma program. Becoming DBR-P Approved does NOT provide a licence or qualification to practice counselling, psychotherapy or psychotherapeutic bodywork.

DBR is NOT a stand-alone counselling, psychotherapeutic or bodywork therapy. DBR is a modality that is learned and practiced in conjunction with, and underpinned by core competencies acquired through core professional training.

Those who are trained in DBR, and those who achieve DBR-P Approved status, are expected to work appropriately within the limits of their own professional scope of practice based on their existing formal qualifications, and to abide by the code of ethics and policies of associations of which they are a members.

4.1 How long do I have after completing all three DBR training modules to submit my application for my DBR-P Approved certificate?

There is no time limit from when you complete your DBR  training to when you apply for your DBR-P Approved certificate.  However, the 25 consultation hours must have been undertaken within the last 5 years.

You can start working towards DBR-P approval following Level 1 training.  We encourage early engagement in case consultation to support your learning and use of DBR in practice.

DBR-P approval can be applied for following 2 years practice experience with DBR. Participants are encouraged to complete requirements at their own pace and based upon their own needs, practice and personal situations.

There is no maximum time limit, however, where there has been a significant time lapse since the initial training, applicants may be required to do a training update to ensure that they are abreast of any current theoretical and clinical practice developments.

4.2 If I am successful in my application, how long does the DBR-P Approved certificate last?

If your application is approved, your DBR-P Approved certificate credential will be granted for a five-year period. Renewal will be required every 5 years to maintain this credential.  To learn more about DBR-P Approval renewal, please click here

5.1 What is a Case Consult?

Case consults can be undertaken following attendance at DBR Level 1 training.

The purpose of Case Consults includes supporting the consultee to:

  • integrate the training material into clinical practice
  • develop their knowledge and application of DBR theory and practice
  • explore ways of applying DBR within the scope of practice for the consultee

5.2 How many hours of Case Consultation do I need to gain DBR-P approval?

A minimum of 25 hours of case consults are required. These hours must take place with an approved DBR-C.

1 hour of individual = 1 case consult hour
2 hours of group consult = 1 case consult hour (e.g. 50% of the group time)
3 hours of group consult = 1.5 case consult hours (e.g. 50% of the group time)

minimum of 5 hours of the required 25 case consult hours must be taken as individual case consults.

Group Consult sizes will vary.  DBR-Consultant providers are advised to offer groups of up to 6 participants, whereas DBR-Trainers are able to offer consultation groups that are larger than this.

5.3 How often do I have to have Case Consultations?

Case consults can be completed at your own pace, in accordance with your own needs, practice, and personal circumstances.

It is strongly recommended that you commence with case consults from the beginning of your DBR practice.

5.4 Is there a time limit within which I have to complete the case consults to achieve DBR-P approved status?

It is anticipated that no less than 2 years will be required to attain all elements for DBR-P Approved status.

There is currently no maximum time limit to attain the required criteria though the 25 hours of case consultation must have been taken within the last 5 years prior to application.

5.5. How can I gain the most value from a Case Consult?

To gain the most value from a case consult, it is advised that you prepare and present your enquiry with a DBR focus.

This might include:

  • clarification of DBR theory
  • application of the DBR protocol and fidelity checklist in practice
  • integration of DBR into your existing practice/scope of practice
  • queries on specific clients and case work e.g. how might you start with a client, what might the next step be, areas of ‘stuckness’ etc.

5.6 Do I need to log my Case Consult hours?

Yes, a Case Consult Log is included within the DBR-P Approval Process application form.

The consultee is responsible for maintaining a record of their case consult attendance by recording each one on the log.  The log will be approved by the DBR-C who has provided the case consults.

5.7 How do I find an approved DBR-C?

DBR-C must have been approved by DBR Trainings UK to provide DBR consultations.

Confirmation of DBR-C Approved provider details can be found at www.deepbrainreorienting.com.

If the DBR-C is not listed, please contact **** to verify the provider.

5.8 Can I work with a DBR-C who is not in my State/Country?

Consultees’ are responsible for checking with their Professional Body and/or insurance provider to ensure that they are receiving the appropriate clinical support for their clients.

DBR-C providers support learning and integration of DBR into practice and are not providing clinical supervision.  In most jurisdictions it should be possible to work with a DBR-C who is not registered/licenced in your State/Country, however consultees are advised to check requirements with their local relevant authorities.

5.9 Can my 25 hours (minimum) Case Consult hours be gained with different DBR-C’s?

Yes. Different providers will have differing professional backgrounds.  You may gain additional benefit from their diverse experience, education, backgrounds and styles.

5.10 How much do Case Consults cost?

DBR-C’s are independent providers and set their own fees for case consultations.  The DBR-C will provide you with their Terms and Conditions and payment details.

Individual and group session fees will vary, together with any variation of fees according to their geographical region.

6.1 Why do I need personal DBR sessions?

Personal sessions not only help therapists with their own healing but also deepen their embodiment of DBR practice which in turn, supports practice development. A minimum of 8 personal DBR sessions is required.

Personal sessions may be undertaken with approved DBR-P or DBR-C.

Confirmation of approved provider details can be found at www.deepbrainreorienting.com.

If the provider details are not listed, please contact **** to confirm.

6.2 Can I use the practicum sessions towards the requirements?

No. Practicum training sessions are not counted as part of the 8 DBR personal sessions.

7.1 What are session transcripts and/or recordings?

Session transcripts are transcripts of what has been said (by both client and therapist) in a DBR session, together with the therapist’s observations of what has taken place.  The transcripts are then annotated according to the DBR fidelity checklist.

All session transcripts will need to be reviewed and verified with your DBR-C as part of consultation sessions.

In reviewing a session recording with a DBR-C as part of case consults, explanation of what is taking place would be expected in accordance with the fidelity checklist, whereas when a transcript is being provided, this information would be detailed within the transcript.

7.2  Why do I need DBR session recordings and/or transcripts?

Transcription and annotation of recordings/transcripts of sessions provides opportunities to reflect upon and learn from practice, and to gain feedback from a peer. This process will further knowledge and understanding of DBR and  demonstrate faithfulness to the DBR fidelity checklist.

Where transcripts or recordings do not accord with the fidelity checklist, your DBR C may request additional transcripts (further to the minimum of three) to be able to support the furtherance of learning and to make their recommendation.

7.3 Who can review my recordings or transcripts?

A DBR-C can review and provide feedback for you on session recordings and transcripts.  Reviewing recordings or transcripts can be undertaken as part of case consultation to enrich learning and development opportunities.

7.4 Do I have to provide both written transcripts and audio/audio-visual recordings of sessions?

No.  You may provide recordings of sessions to the DBR-C which would be reviewed and discussed and/or you may provide transcripts of sessions.  For both recordings and transcripts, explanation of the DBR process in accordance with theory and the DBR fidelity checklist will be required.

7.5 What if my DBR sessions are less than a clinical hour?

While DBR sessions may vary in length, session recordings and transcripts for DBR-P approval should accord to the DBR fidelity checklist.

7.6 Do my session recordings and/or transcripts need to be with different clients?

The three transcripts and/or recordings should each be with a different client to further learning opportunities.

7.7  What about client confidentiality with the recordings and/or transcripts?

Each clinician should adhere to their Country/State and professional Code of Ethics and Practice when requesting, storing, and deleting session recordings and transcripts. Informed and written consent from clients should be acquired in accordance with local data protection and privacy requirements. We consider at a minimum this should include information regarding the purpose of these, together with how you will protect and delete the recordings, and who will have access to them.

8.1 Why do I need so many client cases and practice hours to achieve DBR-P Approval?

Progression from being a novice in DBR to achieving a high level of competence and skill takes time.  Working with a range of clients and presentations supports development of competencies and skills while also gaining the most learning from case consultations.

8.2 I work with really complex cases and/or I can only work part-time – it will take me years to work with 20 clients?

Please discuss this with your DBR-C.  In exceptional circumstances, dependent upon your practice context, where the applicant is able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge, understanding and skill in DBR with fewer clients at the level required, a DBR-C may be able to make recommendation for approval. However, 100 practice hours is the minimum number of sessions.

8.3 Do I have to provide case notes to prove my 20 clients and 100 DBR sessions?

No.  Please do not provide any case documentation or anonymised client/patient information. There is a Client Case Log within the application form for the listing of cases and hours. The DBR-C proposal letter together with personal testimony will provide confirmation of this.

9.1 Why do I need a proposal letter from my DBR-C?

An applicant’s DBR-C is well placed to support you in the learning and development of DBR and to support reflection on readiness to apply for DBR-P Approval.

9.2 If I have had more than one DBR-C, do I need a proposal letter from each of them?

Yes. The number of cases and clinical sessions taken to each consultant will need to be verified in their letter of proposal.

9.3 What does the proposal letter from the DBR-C need to include?

The letter should include:

  • a statement from the DBR-C recommending the application for DBR-P Approval
  • the number of cases that have been taken to case consults.
  • a statement of the number of both the individual or group consult hours undertaken
  • verification that the DBR-C has seen evidence of the applicant’s DBR levels 1, 2 and 3 certificates
  • verification of DBR session transcripts/video evidence reviews and confirmation of adherence to the DBR Fidelity Checklist
  • confirmation that the DBR-C has seen evidence of the applicant’s professional registration/licensure and professional practice insurance
9.4 Why do I need a proposal letter from another Professional or Notary?

A proposal letter from a line manager, clinical supervisor, employer, professional colleague or notary is for the purposes of attesting to your ‘Good Standing’ professionally.

10.1 DBR-P Approval Process Overview

To become DBR-P Approved and to have an entry on the www.deepbrainreorienting.com ‘Find A Practitioner’ page:

  • the applicant must have fully met all of the DBR-P Approval requirements
  • send the completed, and signed DBR-P Approval Application to ******
  • upon receipt of your DBR-P Approval confirmation from DBR Trainings UK, you may use the letters ‘DBR-P Approved’ or ‘Deep Brain Reorienting Practitioner Approved’ in your literature.
11.1 How do I submit my application DBR-P Approval Form?

The application process is automated on the website.  Please click here to start completing the form.

Please download the application form here.

Please note, that we cannot accept applications that are not submitted via this form.

Please send the completed application form to ********

11.2 How much does it cost to submit my DBR-P Approval application?

Application fee for DBR-P Approval is £85.00

The payment link is available here

11.3 Is the DBR-P Approval application fee refundable?

No. The application fee will not be refunded if your DBR-P Approval application is refused or if it is incomplete.  You will have a year in which to provide outstanding evidence.  After this time, a new application will need to be submitted.

11.4 What happens when my application is submitted?

DBR-P Approval applications are processed through Deep Brain Reorienting Trainings UK.  A specific committee comprising DBR-C’s are responsible for reviewing applications.  The committee is overseen by DBR Trainers and Directors of DBR Trainings, Jessica Christie-Sands and Andy Harkin.

11.5 How will I know if my application has been successful?

Applications should be processed within 3 months of  receipt.  The Committee meets 3 times a year.

Successful applications will receive the  DBR-P Approval notification by email.

You will thereafter be able to use the designated letters: ‘Deep Brain Reorienting Practitioner Approved’  ‘DBR-P Approved’ after your name or refer to yourself as an Approved DBR Practitioner.

Applications that are not submitted on the correct form or that are incomplete will not be reviewed. Please ensure you fully complete, sign and date the application form.

11.6 Can my DBR-P Approval be revoked?

On being awarded DBR-P Approved status by DBR Trainings UK, the therapist is expected to uphold standards of behaviour commensurate with professional ‘Good Standing’.  ‘Good Standing’ comprises the following commitments which are made to DBR Training Ltd and to other DBR approved practitioners and consultants:

  • to support the DBR Trainings UK, mission
  • to aim to provide the highest standards for the clinical practice of DBR and to meet all requirements for practice and standards as set out by DBR Trainings UK
  • to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times, including when representing DBR Trainings UK, DBR and fellow members
  • to uphold the good name of DBR Trainings UK.
  • to deal honestly and fairly in business with fellow approved practitioners and consultants, the Directors, DBR Trainings UK employees, competitors, partner organisations and the public
  • not to make detrimental public statements about DBR or DBR Trainings UK
  • to act according to the therapist’s core professional code of ethics and conduct, and to inform DBR Trainings UK of any breach of any such code and of any sanction, suspension, disciplinary action or investigation to which they are subject by any other regulatory or governing body
  • to comply with the data protection standards of the country in which the therapist’s professional registration is held.

If the therapist is unable to meet these criteria then DBR Trainings UK will be unable to confirm ‘good standing’ and will retain the right to revoke DBR-P Approval status and remove the therapist from the DBR website list of approved practitioners.

11.7 How do I get my details on the DBR ‘Find a Therapist’ list once I have attained my DBR-P Approved certificate?

The information required for your details to be included upon the DBR website is requested within your application form.  The inclusion of your details on the website is optional. That information includes:

Profession: the main modality for which you are qualified and up to two additional ones.

Professional designatory letters

Contact Details: Email/phone

Website: Private Practice website only

11.8 DBR- P Approval Renewals

In order to maintain practice standards and to keep up to date with developments in theory, it is expected that DBR Practitioners will attend to their continuing professional development via the research literature, attendance at conferences and workshops, attendance at Case consults. DBR-P Approved certificates will require renewal every 5 years.

11.9 What do I need to do to renew my DBR-P Approved certificate?

To renew your DBR-P Approved certificate you will need to demonstrate current professional registration and professional indemnity insurance and ongoing engagement in case consultation sessions.  It is anticipated that for most practitioners utilising DBR in day-to-day practice that they will have no less than 10 consult hours annually.

In addition, 50 CPD /CE points will need to be evidenced, these may include:

  • further trauma training
  • engaging in research or publications where DBR is the focus
  • reading literature on the underpinning neuroscience of DBR and on DBR research publications as they become available (One CPD point can be claimed for each article/paper)
  • attendance at DBR trainings, mini practicum series.
  • DBR advanced skills workshops

Additionally, a letter of recommendation from your DBR Consultant verifying your CPD/CE and current professional standing (as above) and a letter from a DBR peer/colleague who can attest to your current ‘Good Standing’.

11.10 How do I submit my DBR-P Renewal Application

Please find the DBR-P renewal application process here.

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