DBT: Guiding Principles and Perspectives


Time and Date: TBA

Portland DBT Institute
5200 SW Macadam Avenue Suite 580
Portland, OR 97239

Groups of 5 or More

If  you are interested in this training on a date not offered, we can schedule most trainings at our site or yours, to meet your group’s needs.


Dialectical Behavioral Therapy maximizes effectiveness by drawing from mindfulness and other acceptance-based backgrounds, as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other change-based approaches. Without a solid understanding of the dynamic tension between these differing approaches, even skilled therapists can find themselves unable to achieve balanced treatment with complex clients. To other professionals involved in DBT clients’ lives who may not understand DBT themselves (e.g., case managers), the treatment can appear confusing and elusive, or rigid and rule-based. This two-day training explores dialectics and the principles behind acceptance-based strategies and change-based protocols within the treatment. The training will help clinicians better understand, and skillfully provide treatment, using this leading evidence-based practice.


• Individuals who are already applying DBT in their practice, and/or those who directly supervise other clinicians who provide DBT.

• Those who work with DBT clinicians and desire to better understand the treatment and support clients and clinicians in a DBT program.

• Those who refer clients to DBT programs, or have clients coming out of DBT programs, and who have a desire to better understand concepts guiding the use of acceptance- and change-based treatment strategies.


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

1. Understand the concept of dialectics and dialectical synthesis

2. Identify key dialectical dilemmas that commonly arise in work with clients, and/or in consultation with other colleagues

3. Find dialectical syntheses for common dilemmas that arise in therapy and in consultation with colleagues

4. Understand the biosocial theory and be able to conceptualize clinical problems using this transactional model

5. Define the basic principles of behaviorism

6. Apply an understanding of behavioral principles to case conceptualizations of client problems

7. Identify the principles driving “rules” in the DBT model


Participants who complete both training days will earn 12 continuing education credits.

Portland DBT Institute is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NCBB requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program


Individual Registration Fee
Group Registration Fee for 5 or more
Student Registration Fee

Early Registration Discount:
For those registering 30 or more days in advance a $25 per person discount will be given.


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