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!

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An Introduction to the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) Framework 


David A. Jobes, Ph.D., ABPP

June 12th, 2024

Registration will close June 10th, 2024


This training will provide an overview of the CAMS Framework which is a suicide-focused, evidence-based, approach for effectively treating suicidal risk. CAMS is guided by empathy, collaboration, honesty, and a suicide-focus to care. You will learn about the use of the Suicide Status Form that is used across each phase of care from the first session, across interim care, and final outcome disposition session. CAMS is designed to treat patient-defined “drivers” of suicide; the pursuit of a life worth living is an explicit goal of the CAMS approach. 

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

  1. Learn about CAMS Framework–the philosophy and use of the Suicide Status Form
  2. Learn about the CAMS approach to assessment using the SSF 
  3. Learn about the CAMS approach to identifying, targeting, and treating patient-defined drivers of suicide 
  4. Learn about using CAMS from first session, across interim care, to outcome/disposition
  5. Learn about the evidence-base supporting CAMS  

Instructor | David A. Jobes, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Professor of Psychology, Director of the Suicide Prevention Laboratory, and Associate Director of Clinical Training at The Catholic University of America. Dr. Jobes is also an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, at Uniformed Services University. He is the author of seven books and numerous peer-reviewed journal articles. Dr. Jobes is a past President of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) and the recipient of various awards for his scientific work including the 1995 AAS “Shneidman Award” (early career contribution to suicidology), the 2012 AAS “Dublin Award” (for career contributions in suicidology), and the 2016 AAS “Linehan Award” (for suicide treatment research). He is the recipient of the 2022 Alfred M. Wellner Award for Lifetime Achievement (for research excellence) from the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. He been a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Academy of Medicine, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs, and is a “Highly Qualified Expert” to the U.S. Army’s Intelligence and Security Command. Dr. Jobes is a Board Member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and he Chair of the AFSP Public Policy Council. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and is board certified in clinical psychology (American Board of Professional Psychology). Dr. Jobes maintains a private clinical and consulting practice in Washington DC and in Maryland.

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The Racial and Historical Context of Zen and Buddhism: Considerations for DBT practitioners


Cristina Moon

July 10th, 2024

Registration will close July 8th, 2024


Zen Priest Cristina Moon will give an overview of the racial history of Zen and Buddhism in North America—from how the forced displacement and imprisonment of Japanese Americans particularly targeted Buddhists during World War II to the whitewashing and cultural appropriation within today’s Mindfulness industry. This overview will be accompanied by guidance on how to present DBT strategies that draw on Zen and Buddhism to patients of Asian and non-Asian descent in ways that don’t perpetuate these histories of racial insensitivity and appropriation.

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

  1. Learners will be able to explain the roots of DBT in Zen Buddhism in a manner that accurately represents Buddhism in America and Zen. 
  2. Learners will be able to state the ways in which DBT can be culturally appropriative in its use of Mindfulness Skills. 
  3. Learners will be able to select from additional meditation skills. 

Instructor | Cristina Moon is a Zen priest, writer, speaker, and strategist. After a career in human rights and social change organizing, and graduating from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, she embarked on three years of monastic training at Daihonzan Chozen-ji in Honolulu, diving into a rigorous training regimen including zazen, chanting, textual study, manual labor, and martial and fine arts such as Kendo, Japanese tea ceremony, boxing, and ceramics.  

In all aspects of her work and her continuing Zen training, Cristina now helps others develop the sensitivity and strength needed to stay calm amid chaos and accord with the myriad changes of today’s fast-moving world. 

Cristina’s first book, Three Years on the Great Mountain: A Memoir of Zen and Fearlessness, will be published by Shambhala Publications (distributed by Penguin Random House) in June 2024. In it, she describes the path that brought her to monastic training at Chozen-ji, beginning with her first deep dive into Buddhist meditation to prepare for the possibility of arrest and torture as a human rights activist inside military-ruled Burma, and the struggles and breakthroughs experienced during her first three years of Zen training.  

A common topic that Cristina addresses in her writing, speaking, and consulting is the importance of restoring Asian histories, people, and cultural heritage to American Buddhism. She was a featured speaker at the May We Gather 49th day memorial for victims of anti-Asian violence in 2021. She has also written and spoken on the topic for Tricycle Magazine and the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and others. 

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Clinician Survivors of Suicide Loss


Jeffrey C. Sung, M.D.

August 14th, 2024

Registration will close August 12th, 2024


Losing a client to suicide represents a dreaded outcome of mental health care. In response to this loss, clinicians may have a range of experiences that occur while fulfilling professional roles and responsibilities. This session will provide an overview of responses to losing a client to suicide and suggestions for coping and integrating the loss. By learning about this topic, we can support personal and professional growth for ourselves and colleagues.

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

  1. Recognize implicit beliefs about suicide that influence responses to suicide loss. 
  2. Identify four “narratives of violent dying” that characterize how suicide loss is interpreted.  
  3. Prepare a plan for administrative tasks after the suicide of a client. 
  4. Recognize aspects of personal and professional growth as suicide loss becomes integrated.   

Instructor | Dr. Jeffrey Sung is a board-certified psychiatrist and clinical assistant professor in the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesHe has developed and delivered trainings on suicide prevention, suicide care, and responding to patient suicide locally and nationally for a broad range of audiencesHis work with the Safer Homes program through Forefront Suicide Prevention at the UW School of Social Work has focused on cultural aspects of firearms ownership and use and how these influence policy and clinical careFor seventeen years, he provided psychiatric care in downtown Seattle through a Health Care for the Homeless Network grantHe currently maintains a private practice for patient care, training, forensic and clinical consultation.   

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FREE CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT, NBCC APPROVED

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.