DBT Trainings

DBT Trainings

PDBTI offers a comprehensive catalog of training in DBT from basic to advanced courses. We offer regularly scheduled public trainings and are available for private training and consultation customized to meet your agency’s needs. All trainers are DBT-LBC certified and balance decades of experience with enthusiasm for the latest research.

Scholarships Available!

We have developed a scholarship with the goal of reducing the disparity in accessing mental health treatment among racial and ethnic minority, sexual and gender minority, low-income, and other underserved populations. 

Eligibility Criteria:

This scholarship is intended for clinicians who:

  1. cannot afford to pay the full registration fee, and
  2. work primarily with clients from NIH-designated health disparity populations.


The scholarship will provide a discount (typically 50%) on the registration fee. There will be a minimum of five scholarships available. Applications are due within 6 weeks of the date of the training, and scholarship offers will be made one month prior to the first day of training. 

Scholarship Application

10 Day Comprehensive DBT Training

DBT CITI: Comprehensive Implementation & Training Intensive

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.

Two-Day Introductory Trainings

Introduction to Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Introduction to Dialectical Behavior Therapy

for Adolescents and Families

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

This training is designed for mental health professionals and other providers new to DBT principles and strategies, and who work with individuals with chronic emotion dysregulation and complex problems. This two-day training will guide you through the fundamentals of comprehensive DBT treatment including research on its efficacy in various populations and core concepts such as validation and dialectics.

DBT in a Nutshell for Adolescents and Caregivers

This training is recommended for providers working with teens and young adults who experience chronic emotion dysregulation and complex problems. This two-day training is ideal for providers new to DBT principles and strategies, and will cover the fundamentals of comprehensive DBT for adolescents (DBT-A), including an overview of research on its efficacy and core concepts such as validation, dialectics, and walking the middle path.

Diving into DBT Skills

This training is an ideal follow-up to DBT in a Nutshell, or for providers who have familiarity with the fundamentals of DBT. This two-day training will provide an overview of DBT skills aiming to support attendees in enhancing their clinical repertoire and understanding the role of skills within comprehensive DBT. Training will utilize a blend of didactics, modeling and role-play.

Diving into DBT Skills for Adolescents and Caregivers

This 2-day training will provide an overview of the DBT skills commonly taught when leading a multifamily skills group. We will review the core modules as well as the middle path skills introduced by Miller and Rathus (2015). Through the use of didactics, modeling and role plays, attendees will have a chance to deepen their understanding of the skills and explore how to more successfully teach them to youth and families attending multifamily groups.

Specialty and Advanced Trainings

Optimizing the Engine of DBT Individual Therapy

Super-charge your effectiveness and confidence in providing DBT individual therapy through focused discussion, demonstration, and practice. Only for those with previous DBT training.

Ethics, Boundaries of Competence, Avoiding Harm, and Risk Management: Working Well with the Suicidal Patient

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.

Optimizing Eating Disorder Treatments with DBT

This two-day workshop will focus on presenting evidenced based theory and practices to diagnose and treat eating disorder symptoms in clients. Presented by Amy Kalasunas, LPCC-S, NCC, DBT-LBC.

Avoiding Board Complaints (and you may get a board complaint)

Licensing boards play a vital role and having to deal with them may also cause clinicians to experience intense fear and anxiety sometimes leading to impaired functioning. Using a conceptual framework by Linehan and other emotion regulation theorists we will find the balance between avoiding complaints and accepting that they may occur while identifying behavioral specific steps to address these issues.

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. Developed and overseen by internationally recognized expert and Portland DBT Institute director, Linda Dimeff, PhD.

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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Continuing Education Provider Accreditation

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 responsible for all aspects of the programs.