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.


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If there is a training you are interested in attending, we can schedule most trainings at our site or yours, to meet your group’s needs.


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.

5 Day  DBT Training

DBT Intensive BOOSTER for Intensively Trained Providers & Teams
Strengthening Core Competencies and DBT Programs for DBT-LBC Certification
May 22nd through 26th, 2017
Linda Dimeff, PhD & Jesse Homan, LPC

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 Deep 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.

Meditation and Mindfulness Retreat for DBT Therapists
The Mindfulness and Meditation retreat, sponsored by Portland DBT Institute, is a two and one half day event designed both as an introduction to sitting practice for new meditators and to provide a brief, formal retreat opportunity for regular practitioners of mindfulness meditation. This silent retreat is designed to provide time and conducive conditions for participants to focus mindfully in the moment with intention and nonjudgment. 
Presented with Cedar Koons, MSW

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.  Presented by Jesse Homan, LPC

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 Substance Abusers
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 Teens 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
Training Calendar

Diving Deep into DBT Skills:
An Overview of the New and Old DBT Skills

August 24-25, 2017
Erica Tan, PsyD

Stage 2 DBT for Trauma: What’s after Stabilization?
September 21 22, 2017
Amy Wagner, PhD

Optimizing the Engine of DBT Individual Therapy
September 15- 16,2017
Jesse Homan, LPC

DBT for Teens and Families
October 13- 14, 2017
Andrew White, PhD 

Working Well with the Suicidal Patient: Research-Informed Approaches to Ethical Suicide Assessment and Management
Friday October 27th
Andrew White, PhD

DBT in a Nutshell:  Treating Multi- Diagnostic, Complex Individuals
November 2- 3, 2017
Charlotte Thomas, LCSW