DBT CITI: Comprehensive Implementation & Training Initiative

Comprehensive Implementation & Training Initiative
Two-Part Ten-Day Immersive Experience

Portland DBT Institute

Portland Oregon, Exact Location TBD

Two-Part Ten-Day Immersive Experience
PART I:  May, 2019 – Exact dates TBD
PART II: Approximately October/November 2019 – Exact dates TBD

PDBTI is currently preparing for CITI 2019. Our tentative start date is May of 2019 with exact dates to be determined. If your team is interested in attending, or presenting CITI at your location LET US KNOW

Two-Part Ten-Day Immersive Experience

The innovative 10-day plus DBT Comprehensive Implementation & Training Initiative (DBT CITI) is designed for practitioners and programs seeking an immersive experience in DBT – where the primary goal is to build a strong and adherent DBT program, outstanding DBT clinical competence, and a highly effective DBT consultation team.

Our immersive approach applies the best of training and implementation processes and methods developed by Drs. Marsha Linehan, Kelly Koerner, Linda Dimeff and their colleagues at the University of Washington, BTECH, & BTECH Research over the past two decades. Our eyes will be squarely set on ensuring that trainees and programs will be well-prepared for Linehan’s DBT Certification and Accreditation (depts.washington.edu/brtc/dbtca/).

Elements of DBT CITI

Part I: Content Acquisition & Drafting a Provisional DBT Program Plan. This five-day onsite training will provide an immersive experience into all elements of DBT’s theoretical, structural, and clinical content, including DBT skills. Like the early days of Linehan’s DBT Intensives™, we will incorporate evening sessions devoted to learning DBT skills and how to run DBT skills training groups. Instruction will include: didactic presentations, experiential exercises, review and discussion of video and audio tapes, and small-group practice exercises. We will apply an active learning method in our overall approach that includes: learn it (learn fundamental content elements), see it (watch the clinical strategy modelled), and do it (practice applying learned/observed strategy). To ensure that teams are able to return to home with clear directions about how to build a DBT program in their unique setting, Dimeff will meet individually with each DBT team during Part I

Between Parts I & II: Strengthening Clinical Capability and Building a DBT Program. At the conclusion of Part I, detailed instructions for practicing DBT and building a DBT program will be provided along with a DBT exam intended to help individuals prepare for the DBT Certification tests and to further strengthen their mastery of concepts. Assignments completed during this interim period will be presented at Part II.

Part II: Strengthening Core Competencies and Refining Program Direction. The intent of Part II is to refine and receive feedback on DBT clinical skills and to ensure that each DBT program is headed in a direction of building a DBT program to fidelity. Specifically, each team will present a clinical DBT case, a clinical sample, and their DBT program. We will highlight those elements that are “on-model” and will work with the team on those elements that are “off-model.” We will drill down further on concepts and strategies that require further refinement and practice. Evening sessions will again be included to allow for ample opportunities to view and critique DBT therapy session.


Two-Part Ten-Day Immersive Experience
A minimum of 3 is required to form a team.

Teams of Three to Five
Teams of Six to Nine

For teams of 10 or more please contact Christopher Williams at 503-290-3295 or cwilliams@pdbti.org

Note: All  team applications must be submitted together.


DBT CITI is designed specifically for teams of individuals who work together and who seek to learn DBT and build a DBT program. Teams can be no smaller than 3

Each team is required to have a team leader.

To get your team enrolled in DBT CITI please fill out the form below
Team Application


Participants who complete both training days will earn 33 CE hours.

Portland DBT Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6326.
Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Portland DBT Institute is solely is responsible for all aspects of the programs.


McMenamins Kennedy School
5736 Ne 33rd Ave, Portland, Or 97211


If your team is traveling to be with us, PDBTI has a room block set aside at McMenamins Kennedy School to ensure that your team can focus on learning.  Here you’ll find great food, a movie theater with nightly showings, soaking pool to regenerate in the evenings, and a gift shop (just wait until the principal hears about this!) The hotel is located minutes from Portland International Airport in the Alberta District, home to Salt & Straw (incredible ice cream straight out of Portlandia) as well as the best of Portland’s food, shopping, and nightlife.

Teams wishing to book rooms in the Portland DBT room block will need to contact McMenamins Kennedy School front desk, request the Portland DBT Room block, and provide a credit card number to reserve. The rooms in the block are the Kings English. They are the least expensive rooms in the quiet area of the hotel. Prices are variable so the sooner rooms are reserved and locked in, the lower the rate will be. Rooms not reserved will be released back to the hotel February 17th. Please contact McMenamins Kennedy School at 503-249-3983 if you wish to reserve.