DBT for Teens and Families

October 13th and 14th
8:30am – 5:00pm
Sign in begins at 8am

Andrew White, PhD

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.


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a highly efficacious treatment developed by Marsha M. Linehan, PhD for multi-diagnostic, severely disordered individuals with borderline personality disorder and other problems of emotion dysregulation. DBT has been adapted (Rathus & Miller, 2014) to treat adolescents struggling with self-harm and suicidal behaviors, as well as their families. Numerous studies now demonstrate that DBT for adolescents is efficacious at reducing suicidal and non-suicidal self-harm behaviors and improving quality of life. DBT for adolescents is particularly important as a secondary prevention intervention, as a significant number of adolescents admitted to inpatients units meet criterion behaviors for borderline personality (50%, Kaess, Brunner, & Chanen, 2014).

This two-day training will provide an overview of DBT with a special emphasis on the adaptation of DBT for adolescents and their families.

Topics covered will include:
• Overview of the DBT treatment structure and targets when treating adolescents and families
• The use of validation and behavior targeting with adolescents and families
• DBT stylistic strategies for use with adolescents and families
• An “big picture” overview of the adapted DBT skills set for adolescents and families



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

  1. Describe the structure of DBT, including treatment stages, targets, modes, and functions
  2. Describe the adaptations to standard DBT structure used when working with adolescents and families
  3. Understand and describe the DBT biosocial theory and how it relates to adolescent clients
  4. Apply DBT validation strategies to adolescent clients and families
  5. Understand mindfulness skills as applied to adolescents and families, including Middle Path.
  6. Shape treatment goals and priorities for the complex multi-diagnostic adolescent client


Andrew White, PhD. Dr. White is the Associate Director of the PDBTI and led the adolescent and family program for many years, overseeing extensive expanding of the adolescent program and integration of the evidence based DBT adaption for adolescents. He has trained regionally and internationally on DBT.

PREREQUISITESDBT Skills Manual for Adolescents

There are no prerequisites for this course. For maximal impact, we encourage learners to bring copies of Rathus and Miller’s (2014) DBT Skills Manual for Adolescents


This course is designed for mental health professionals with or without familiarity with DBT who work with adolescents and their families and are interested in learning strategies to treat individuals with severe emotion dysregulation.


We will apply highly engaging instructional strategies, along with audience participation, to bring the teaching to life.


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.


A $100.00 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-transferable.

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.


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