Learn and Earn Over Lunch Series

Learn and Earn Over Lunch Series

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The Learn and Earn over Lunch series is an opportunity to earn free NBCC approved continuing education credits from outstanding trainers, while you eat lunch! Join us online (via Zoom) from noon to 1:00pm Pacific Time every month on the second Wednesday.

In addition, feel free to take a look at our other training offerings as well as employment opportunities at PDBTI!


Working Well with LGBTQ+ Clients in DBT

Kim Skerven, PhD, ABPP, DBT-LBC

March 13th, 2024 at Noon PT

Registration will close March 11th, 2024

This 1-hour talk will focus on ways that DBT can be effectively tailored for LGBTQ+ clients. Participants will learn key components of minority stress theory and how they connect with biosocial theory in DBT. Examples of how DBT concepts and strategies can be contextualized for LGBTQ+ clients will be provided.

Learning Objectives  
By the conclusion of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify key components of minority stress theory and how they relate to biosocial theory in DBT.
  2. Describe how DBT skills can be effectively tailored for LGBTQ+ clients.

Instructor | Kim Skerven, PhD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist at the Center for Behavioral Medicine in Brookfield, WI. Dr. Skerven is a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification Certified Clinician, Associate Editor for the Clinician’s Digest in the journal Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association through Division 44 (Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity), and is Board Certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology. She has a special interest in LGBTQ+ psychology and facilitates a dedicated DBT skills training group for LGBTQ+ clients in comprehensive DBT.

One-Day Training

Dr. Skerven is offering an exclusive one day training on this topic for 6 CEU on June 7, 2024! For more information, click on the button below.

One-Day with Dr. Skerven


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Protecting Youth Online: Clinical and Legal Perspectives on Social Media and Online Risk-Taking

Caitlin R. Costello, MD

April 10th, 2024

Registration will close April 8th, 2024

This 1-hour session will present an overview clinical and legal aspects of adolescents’ engagement with social media. The session will begin with a review current social media use patterns common among adolescents and continue with discussion of many of the ways adolescents can encounter clinical and legal risks when interacting online. These clinical risks include, in addition to complex interactions with psychiatric symptoms, social comparison, exposure to negative content, social contagion, and cyberbullying. Participants will also gain familiarity with the legal landscape around adolescents’ social media use, including areas where laws do and do not provide protection, as well as legal risks they may incur through online participation. Participants will also discuss ways in which teachers, parents, clinicians, and the community can help young people navigate their online interactions and mitigate these risks.

Learning Objectives  
By the conclusion of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify clinical and legal risks associated with social media use in youth.
  2. Describe the legal background and status of minors interacting online.
  3. Develop a plan to assess and advise patients and families around online risks.

Instructor | Caitlin R. Costello, MD is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco, where she is the training director of the child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship program and the medical director of child and adolescent outpatient services. She completed medical school and general psychiatry residency at Johns Hopkins University, fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Columbia and Cornell Universities, and fellowship in forensic psychiatry at UCSF. Her interests include medical education, curriculum development, obsessive-compulsive and tic disorders, the interface between psychiatry and the legal system, and juvenile justice. 

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Navigating the Substance Use Disorder Landscape

K Michelle Peavy, PhD, MAC, SUDP

May 8th, 2024

Registration will close May 6th, 2024

How many times have you been asked the question (or asked yourself): “Where should I suggest that my [client/client’s sister/neighbor’s wife/etc.] go for substance use disorder treatment?” A question like that requires a conversation. In this Learn & Earn, we will discuss what constitutes “help” and “support” for substance use problems. We will review the research evidence in terms of settings and modalities of substance use disorder treatment. We will also discuss how to work with patients, clients, and their family members in search of support for substance use problem.

Learning Objectives  
By the conclusion of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. Engage in conversations with patients and clients about the support they want for a substance problem.
  2. Identify evidence-based approaches to substance use disorders.
  3. Search for and access supports for substance problems.

Instructor | K. Michelle Peavy, PhD, MAC, SUDP is a licensed clinical psychologist engaged in supporting, advocating for, and serving people with substance use disorders (SUDs) for the past 20 years. She currently serves as Director of Training for the PRISM Collaborative (Promoting Research Initiatives in Substance use and Mental Health) in the College of Medicine at Washington State University. Between 2012-2020, Dr. Peavy served on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic at an Opioid Treatment Program, where she undertook clinical and research roles, as well as directing implementation of new clinical programming. She obtained specialized credentials in treating SUDs (Master Addiction Counselor; Substance Use Disorder Professional), and currently has a small private practice made up of people with SUDs or family members of people with SUD. In recent years, Dr. Peavy extended her reach beyond individuals with SUDs to the professionals who treat them. Dr. Peavy’s training, coaching, and mentoring includes her role as Co-Director of the Northwest Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Collaborative, as well as her position teaching motivational interviewing in the College of Nursing Doctoral Program at Seattle University.

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Participants who attend an event in this series will earn one free continuing education credit, NBCC approved.

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.