DBT for Substance Abusers

May 2nd and 3rd, 2019
Sign in begins at 8:00am
Training 8:30am to 4:00pm

Linda Dimeff, PhD
Institute Director
Dr. Dimeff is a Certified DBT Clinician

McMenamins Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Ave
Portland, OR 97211

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.



Led by internationally recognized expert and coauthor of Dialectical behavior therapy for substance use disorders (BPD-SUD; Linehan & Dimeff, 1997), DBT for SUD is an expansive treatment for individuals with borderline personality disorder and substance use disorders. This two-day training is a highly experiential, and practical workshop that will provide participants with a comprehensive working knowledge of the adaptations to be made when working with individuals with BPD-SUD. As individuals with BPD-SUD experience different problems from individuals with BPD, this workshop will address these specific problems, how to tailor the DBT skills to address these problems, and the skills that are specific for DBT-SUD. To ensure that that participants leave with well-honed skills, we apply an active teaching method:

Learn it. We will present and summarily discuss content in brief learning modules. These modules will emphasize key principles, procedures, and strategies.

See it. Following didactic presentation of content, we will illustrate the technique just learned in a role-play.

Do it. Trainees will immediately practice what they learned and observed.


Individuals who are already applying DBT Individual Therapy in their practice and/or who directly supervise other clinicians who provide DBT. This is not an introductory training.


Participants who complete both training days will earn 12 continuing education credits. Upon completion of the two-day training, participant will be able to:

1. Describe major findings from research on DBT for clients with BPD and substance use disorders.

2. List three principles to consider in determining who DBT-SUD is good for.

3. Describe strategies used in the first session of DBT for Substance Abusers.

4. Define Dialectical Abstinence in DBT with clients who have BPD and SUD.

5. List three specific treatment targets for clients with SUD and BPD.

6. List principles to determine whether to insist on abstinence, when to allow for gradual reduction in use (“warm turkey”), and when to not target the SUD at all.

7. Describe three skills specifically designed for SUD clients.

8. List three attachment strategies.

9. Describe the function of attachment strategies.

10. Describe how lying is targeted, addressed, and treated when treating BPD SUD clients.

11. Describe the principles and strategies in using drug testing with individuals with SUD.


Participants who complete both training days will earn 10 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

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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