DBT in a Nutshell: Treating Multi- Diagnostic, Complex Individuals

July 26th and 27th, 2018
Sign in begins at 8:00am
Training 8:30am to 5:00pm

LOCATION July 26th and 27th
McMenamins Grand Lodge
3505 Pacific Ave
Forest Grove, OR 97116
(503) 992-9533

Charlotte Thomas, LCSW

April 5th and 6th, 2018 
Andrew White, PhD

LOCATION April 5th and 6th
McMenamins Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Ave,
Portland, OR 97211

Andrew White, PhD

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 Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a highly efficacious treatment developed by Marsha M. Linehan, PhD for multi-diagnostic, severely disordered individuals with pervasive emotion dysregulation. While originally developed for difficult-to-treat patients with borderline personality disorder, research has demonstrated that DBT is also effective for patients with a variety of complex problems, including eating disorders and substance abuse, where emotion dyscontrol are often at the core of the patient’s problems and/or interfere with long-term maintenance of therapeutic progress. DBT has been adapted for use in a variety of settings, including prisons, inpatient hospitals, schools, and juvenile justice facilities.

Topics covered will include:

  • Theoretical basis for DBT and biosocial theory
  • Big, emerging research trends and implications for DBT and DBT programs, including cost-effectiveness data
  • Structural strategies in DBT, including Stages & Targets of treatment
  • Strategies for adapting DBT to unique settings using DBT functions and modes
  • Effective use of the behavioral chain analysis to zero in on what’s controlling problem behaviors
  • Validation strategies: When and how to use them
  • Dialectics: What it is and how it’s used in DBT
  • Overview of DBT skill modules


Upon completion of this two-day workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the biosocial theory and its components
  2. Describe the patients for whom DBT is effective and identify the most important components of DBT given recent scientific findings.
  3. List and describe the rationale for targets of treatment in Stage I DBT.
  4. Identify the components of a behavioral chain analysis.
  5. Describe six levels of validation and function of validation strategies
  6. Describe the primary dialectic in DBT and how dialectics are applied in DBT.
  7. Name the DBT Skills modules and their primary function.


This course is designed for mental health and other professionals (clergy, teachers, nurses, PCPs) who are called upon to help improve their clients lives through skillful actions.


There are no prerequisites for this course. For maximal impact, we encourage learners to bring copies of Linehan’s (2014) skills training manuals to the workshop – DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets, Second Edition 2nd Edition


Participants who complete both training days will earn 12 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 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.


A $60.00 handling fee will be deducted upon cancellation. Refund requests by fax or email must be received two weeks before the start 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.


If you are in need of accommodations during your time in Portland, McMenamins Kennedy School is a memorable and comfortable place to stay. The hotel is located minutes from Portland International Airport as well as to shopping in downtown Portland.

Since its 1915 opening, this historic elementary school has been a beloved fixture of its Northeast Portland neighborhood. McMenamins renovated the once-abandoned scholastic gem and turned it into Portland’s most unique hotel. Here you’ll find 57 comfy guestrooms with private baths and telephones (some fashioned from former classrooms complete with original chalkboards and cloakrooms – others with an author’s theme), a restaurant, multiple small bars, a movie theater, soaking pool, gift shop and a brewery (just wait until the principal hears about this!).

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