Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Psychosis

Next Occurrence To Be Announced!

Presented via Zoom Video Communications                  

Maggie Mullen, LCSW (they/them)
 DBT-Linehan Board of Certification Certified Clinician™



Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is utilized to help those that struggle with intense experiences of emotion dysregulation. Yet, when one thinks of psychosis, an experience that can greatly disrupt one’s ability to engage in emotional regulation, DBT is not commonly thought of as a therapeutic intervention. By examining the existing research and best practices, we will explore DBT and DBT-informed concepts and principles that benefit clients with Psychotic Spectrum Disorders. Along the way, we will discuss barriers to providing effective treatment with this population who is overlooked and highly marginalized by general society as well as the field of mental health.


Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the spectrum of psychosis as it applies to people who benefit from DBT and have regular psychotic experiences, including those with Psychotic Spectrum Disorders and Borderline Personality Disorder.
  2. Utilize a racially and culturally-responsive framework to identify and address psychosis.
  3. Recognize the prevalence and unique presentation of emotion dysregulation and trauma amongst people with Psychotic Spectrum Disorders.
  4. Employ non-pathologizing language informed by disability justice to discuss and normalize psychotic experiences in both individual therapy and skills group.
  5. Offer adherent DBT and DBT-informed skills and interventions that are optimized for people with Psychotic Spectrum Disorders.
  6. Recognize and anticipate how an invalidating and ableist environment punishes healthy coping behaviors of individuals experiencing psychosis and contributes to emotion dysregulation.
  7. Evaluate and implement appropriate modifications when delivering DBT-PE Stage 2 trauma treatment.

Instructor | Maggie Mullen, LCSW, DBT-LBC (they/them) is a clinical social worker, international trainer, and community activist. They authored The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Psychosis, a self-help book designed for people experiencing psychosis, and have published several chapters for clinicians on the same topic. Maggie specializes in culturally responsive, evidence-based care for psychotic spectrum disorders, trauma and PTSD, the LBGTQ+ community, and formerly incarcerated people. As a training director at Kaiser Permanente, they take great pride in mentoring, training, and supervising the next generation of social workers. Maggie is committed to ensuring DBT reflects anti-oppressive, disability justice-informed values and is a member of the ISITDBT Anti-Racism Committee. You can find them online at www.maggiemullen.com


    While all are welcome to attend, please know this workshop is designed for clinicians who are already familiar with comprehensive DBT and have little to no experience in treating Psychotic Spectrum Disorders.


    It is required that attendees should have some level of DBT foundational knowledge/experience prior to attending


    Participants who complete the training will earn 6 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 3 or more
    $225.00 / person
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