Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Practitioner’s Guide to Treating Emotion Dysregulation

Staff_ETanStaff_DPetersonApril  29th &  30th, 2016
8:30AM – 5:00PM

Daphna Peterson, LCSW
Erica Tan, PsyD

Portland DBT Institute
5200 sw Macadam Ave. Suite 580
Portland, OR 97239

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.


This course presents an overview of DBT, the evidence-based practice that has been proven most effective for clients with extreme emotional dysregulation. By becoming adept at DBT, clinicians can reduce their own anxiety, and increase their effectiveness with clients who are complex, multi-diagnostic, and may present with symptoms such as suicidality, dangerous impulsivity, or aggression. DBT principles, as well as specific individual and group therapy skills, are presented. This is a fast-paced interactive presentation that consistently receives some of our highest reviews.


Individuals who are interested in learning DBT therapy, or those who have learned it but want to refresh their basic skills, will benefit. This is a foundational training.


On completion, participants will be able to:

1. Understand the DBT biosocial theory

2. Conceptualize the five elements of BPD dysregulation into treatment planning

3. Explain the significance of dialectics and balancing change with acceptance

4. List DBT assumptions and understand how they impact treatment

5. List the key elements of DBT stages and targets

6. Understand why full fidelity DBT is an important goal

7. Understand the significance of therapy-interfering

behaviors and know three strategies for addressing them

8. Learn and be able to teach at least a half dozen specific DBT skills

9. Understand the importance of and be able to do a behavioral analysis

10. Structure a skills training group

11. Describe the differences between group and individual skills training, and when to use either modality


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.



    River’s Edge Hotel & Spa
    The River’s Edge offers the guests of Portland DBT Institute a 10% discount off of the best rate of the day for both the Hillside and Riverside King guestrooms.

    When booking reservations, please ask for HEALTH rate plan. This rate is subject to availability at time of booking. Should the Premier Rate Plan not be available, the best available house rate will prevail.

    As well as being a short riverside walk from the offices of Portland DBT Institute, travelers staying at the River’s Edge will enjoy the following amenities and services.

    • Well-appointed guest room accommodation in either the Hillside King (343 sq. ft.) or Riverside King Guestrooms (390 sq.) Hillside guestrooms have windows which open,Riverside, a walk out patio facing the river. Both light and airy.
    • Guestrooms with complimentary wireless internet service, a well – lit work area, 50” flat screen television, in-room coffee, safe and large marble surfaced bathroom vanities.
    • 24 hour access to the fitness center, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.
    • Complimentary use of the business center.
    • The in-house spa which offers a wide range of treatments. Please visit our website for a complete list of treatments and pricing.
    • The Aquariva restaurant adjacent to the hotel services, breakfast, lunch, happy hour, dinner and brunch.

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