Friends and Family Workshop


Our Friends and Family Workshop is recommended as a starting point for family members and friends in our clients’ (or potential clients’) lives. Learn about Borderline Personality Disorder and other disorders that involve emotional dysregulation, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and effective ways to support your loved one. Get more information about Portland DBT Institute services, including how you can be involved in your partner’s, children’s, sibling’s, parent’s, etc. treatment.

This workshop uses lecture, discussion, and practice exercises to accomplish the following goals:

  1. Learn the biosocial model of development and maintenance of clients’ problems.
  2. Learn some of the basic DBT ideas and skills that clients are learning in the program.
  3. Explore ways to provide an environment for clients that balances validation (where the focus is on acceptance) and problem-solving (where the focus is on change).
  4. Discuss clients’ high-risk behavior and how to act effectively in the face of it.
  5. Feel less isolated in supporting clients and get connected to further resources for support.

This workshop is drawn from the evidence-based practice of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).


Saturday, July 13th, 2024 | 9am to 12pm PST

August: Not Meeting

Saturday, September 14th, 2024 | 9am to 12pm PST


Zoom Video Communications

We understand there has been much concern about gathering in public spaces and the call for social distancing. Out of an abundance of caution, we are offering our trainings virtually. We will be sending all attendees a link to attend the training via Zoom Video Communications. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns at

Advanced registration is required.

Online Registration


$125.00 – One participant
$75.00 – Each additional participant

This workshop is not billable to insurance.
We accept cash, check, money order or credit card.


The Friends and Family workshop is not eligible for NBCC credit hours.


For general information about the group, please contact Dr. Ashley Maliken at or (503) 290-3277.

For registration and billing questions, please contact our Training Department at or (503) 290-3295.