DBT for LGBTQ+ Clients

Kim Skerven, PhD, ABPP, DBT-LBC

June 7, 2024
8:30am – 4:00pm Pacific Time
(11:30am – 7:00pm Eastern Time)

Presented via Zoom Video Communications



Kim Skerven, PhD, ABPP
DBT-Linehan Board of Certification Certified Clinician™

Jake Camp, DClinPsy

Jake Camp, DClinPsy



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This training course will provide an introduction to working with LGBTQ+ individuals and groups in DBT. This will include building an awareness of the factors that contribute to inflated risks of relevant mental health difficulties in LGBTQ+ populations and how this fits with the DBT model. The application of DBT skills and principles to LGBTQ+-associated difficulties and dilemmas will bcovered and informed by the current evidence base. The aim will be to increase therapist competencies to providculturally-sensitive care for LGBTQ+ people in DBT, in hope to increase the acceptability and outcomes of DBT for this group. 


Following this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the risk of emotion dysregulation and self-harm behaviors in LGBTQ+ clients
  2. Describe the role of minority stressors in prompting emotion dysregulation and related difficulties, and how these fit with the DBT Biosocial Model
  3. Explain the current research exploring DBT for LGBTQ+ clients
  4. Describe key components of culturally sensitive practice in DBT for LGBTQ+ clients
  5. Incorporate LGBTQ+-associated considerations in treatment targeting, skills and principle application, stylistic strategies, and when working with adolescents

Instructor Kim Skerven, PhD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist at the Center for Behavioral Medicine in Brookfield, WI. Dr. Skerven is a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification Certified Clinician, Associate Editor for the Clinician’s Digest in the journal Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association through Division 44 (Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity), and is Board Certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology. She has a special interest in LGBTQ+ psychology and facilitates a dedicated DBT skills training group for LGBTQ+ clients in comprehensive DBT. 

Instructor Dr. Jake Camp (he/they) is a senior clinical psychologist and DBT therapist working in a national (UK) DBT service for adolescents. They also work academically as part of the LGBTQ+ Mental Health Research Group at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, & Neuroscience (King’s College London) with a particular focus on LGBTQ+ mental health and culturally-sensitive therapies. Their recent programme of research has focused on understanding the experiences of minoritised groups in DBT and developing projects to co-produce culturally-sensitive adaptations to DBT, particularly for gender and sexuality diverse young people. This work has culminated in a number of publications.



Participants who complete the full training will earn 6 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.


Individual Registration Fee
Group Registration Fee for 3 or more
$225.00 / person
Student Registration Fee

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Cancellations and Refunds

A $60.00 handling fee will be deducted upon cancellation. Refund requests by fax or email must be received two weeks before the training date. In addition, the fees are non-transferrable.

PDBTI reserves the right to cancel any program due to under-enrollment, or any course due to work stoppages, instructor illness or inclement weather. If a course is cancelled, PDBTI is responsible for refunding only the course fee.