DBT Training

Our trainings offer a full orientation to DBT, from basics to courses developed to help DBT-savvy clinicians hone their skills.  Our trainers include Dr. Linda Dimeff PhD, who developed DBT for substance abusers in her more than two decades working directly with Dr. Marsha Linehan.  All members of our training team have completed the highest levels of training with Behavioral Tech and Dr. Linehan.

Our enthusiastic and knowledgeable trainers balance decades of experience with enthusiasm for the latest research.  We offer on-site training and consultation, as well as our regularly scheduled program throughout the year.

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

Private Training Requests

Portland DBT Institute training is available to schedule as a private training for your group. PDBTI’s training team travels locally, nationally, and internationally, to provide evidence based, adherent DBT training. Please fill out our Training Request Form and a training coordinator will contact you to see how we can work together to exceed your organization’s training goals.

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Special Events

Prolonged Exposure Protocol for PTSD

November 7th through 10th, 2020
This 4-day workshop is designed to provide intensive training in how to integrate PTSD treatment into standard DBT. Participants will learn the DBT Prolonged Exposure (DBT PE) protocol for treating PTSD, one of the newest developments in DBT research and practice.

Training Options

10 Day Comprehensive DBT Training

DBT CITI: Comprehensive Implementation & Training Initiative
Designed for practitioners and programs seeking an immersive experience in DBT – where the primary goal is to build a strong and adherent DBT program, outstanding DBT clinical competence, and a highly effective DBT consultation team.

2 Day DBT Training
Our fundamental DBT trainings are meant as a starting point for for DBT Training

DBT in a Nutshell:  Treating Multi- Diagnostic, Complex Individuals
DBT in a Nutshell is your introduction to DBT treatment and is recommended as the first course for providers new to DBT. Designed for mental health and other professionals (clergy, teachers, nurses, PCPs) who are called upon to help people improve their lives through skillful actions, this two day training will guide you through the basics of DBT treatment, emerging research, validation, dialectics and DBT skills.

Diving into DBT Skills: An Overview of the New and Old DBT Skills
This two-day training will provide an overview of DBT skills with a special emphasis on the new DBT skills. This is the perfect follow up to our introductory DBT in a Nutshell training.

Specialty and Advanced DBT Training
Fine tune your DBT training with our specialty and advanced DBT training.

Working Well with the Suicidal Patient: Research-Informed Approaches to Ethical Suicide Assessment and Management
This one day workshop is designed for mental health providers and other healthcare professionals who provide direct-care services and, as a result, will be required to assess and manage a suicide crisis at some point during their professional career.

DBT for Eating Disorders
This two-day training is intended for treatment providers who are working with multi-diagnostic clients with eating disorders using DBT. Presented by Charlotte Thomas, LCSW, Program Manager for the Pathways to Mindful Eating program at Portland DBT Institute.

Optimizing the Engine of DBT Individual Therapy: Advanced Individual DBT
Super-charge your effectiveness and confidence in providing DBT individual therapy through focused discussion, demonstration, and practice. Only for those with previous DBT training.

DBT for People with 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. Led by internationally recognized expert and Portland DBT Institute director, Linda Dimeff, PhD.

DBT for Adolescents and Families
This 2-day training reviews the adaptations that have been made to DBT for working with adolescents and their families. A vital training for those working closely with teens, young adults and their families.

Stage II DBT for Trauma – What’s After Stabilization?
This course will help practitioners think through treatment planning for clients who have reduced high-risk behaviors after Stage I DBT, yet continue to struggle with significant emotion regulation difficulties and trauma-related problems.


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.