Learn and Earn Over Lunch Series

This Fall, Portland DBT Institute will offer free, online, one-hour, once-monthly, continuing education (CE) seminars from noon to 1:00pm. We are launching our series with a focus on eating disorders (ED):

  • When is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) the treatment of choice for persons with EDs, when is it not, and what does it look like;
  • DBT strategies to motivate and engage the most reluctant of ED clients; and
  • Best-practice guidelines for deciding what level of care is indicated for clients with EDs.


September 30th to November 8th, 2020

Charlotte Thomas, LCSW
Pathways to Mindful Eating Program Manager

Wednesday, September 30th:
Deciding Which Clients with Eating Disorders Are Right for DBT
Noon to 1:00pm
One Continuing Education Hour
A number of highly effective treatments are available to treat a wide range of eating disorders (ED), including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Not all persons suffering from an ED need DBT and may be better candidates for a more simple, parsimonious approach. We will review evidence-based criteria to help behavioral health practitioners determine when DBT is better suited for a patient’s problems. We will also overview how DBT conceptualizes and treats EDs.

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

  • List three criteria when DBT is preferred to standard evidence-based treatments for EDs
  • Describe three ways in which DBT conceptualizes and treats EDs
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Wednesday, October 28th & Wednesday, November 4th:
Getting Them In and Engaged: DBT Strategies for Motivating and Engaging Reluctant Clients with Eating Disorders
Noon to 1:00pm
One Continuing Education Hour Per Session
Because DBT WAS specifically developed for the most complicated difficult-to-treat persons with borderline personality disorder, it contains a number of therapeutic strategies and approaches to help motivate and engage even the most reluctant of clients. Persons with complex eating disorders can be among the most challenging, as many of the most problematic behaviors are longstanding, deeply ingrained, and require that they continuously confront their most challenging cue: food. In addition, complex eating disorders are among some of the most life threatening disorders a treater will face in their occupations. This two-part seminar will focus on specific DBT techniques used to motivate and engage patients, from the first
session throughout the course of treatment.

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

  • Identify four DBT strategies used to increase motivation and engagement
  • Describe stylistic strategies to increase motivation and engagement
  • Describe how to apply dialectics and dialectical synthesis to increase buy-in

Please Note | We will devote two sessions to cover this important and difficult topic. Attendees will be provided with optional assignments between the two seminars to strengthen their understanding of the core concepts. Attendance at both events will be required to earn CEs.

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Wednesday, November 18th:
Deciding What Level of Care is Best for An Eating Disorders Client
Noon to 1:00pm
One Continuing Education Hour

Because of their behavioral complexity and medical severity of associated problems, treatments for eating disorders vary widely and are often offered on a continuum of care – from outpatient groups through intensive outpatient programs, partial hospitalization, residential treatment, and medical hospitalization. This seminar will focus on when the different levels of care are indicated, focusing on both medical and behavioral indicators.

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

  • List expert consensus criteria for each level of care
  • Describe modifications and considerations for multi-diagnostic, complex clients
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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.

Questions about the Learn and Earn Series?
Please contact our Community Relations Liaison,
Christopher Williams, at (503) 290-3295 or EDIOP@pdbti.org.