Maximizing Individual Therapy in DBT: Moving Beyond Life Threatening Behavior

September 12-13, 2024
8:30am – 4:00pm Pacific Time
(11:30am – 7:00pm Pacific Time)

Presented via Zoom Video Communications

Presented by
Andrew White, PhD, ABPP
DBT-Linehan Board of Certification Certified Clinician™


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DBT, like the clients for whom it was designed, is a complex and nuanced treatment. Clinicians can feel overwhelmed by the intensity of clients distress or the high risk nature of their behaviors, especially at the outset of treatment. However, getting clients from behavioral dyscontrol to quiet desperation (i.e., from Stage 1 to Stage 2) does not necessarily mean the treatment gets more straight forward. In fact, clinicians often report feeling unmoored, not knowing how to effectively structure sessions when life threatening behavior is under control and weekly chains are not as obviously indicated.

This advanced workshop is designed to support clinicians in better understanding and implementing DBT with clients once unrelenting crisis has passed –increasing understanding their quality-of-life threatening behaviors and how to skillfully address those in individual therapy. We will practice creating thorough and dynamic case conceptualizations as a means to figure out causes of clients’ behavior rather than judging or blaming. We will also explore how to use those case conceptualizations to create robust, behaviorally specific treatment plans based on your client’s goals. Finally, using our treatment plan as a road map, we will discuss concrete, specific strategies to help clients make progress towards their goals by strengthening and generalizing the skills they are learning in group. The utility and power of chain analysis will be modeled throughout – as a way to strengthen the relationship through validation and increased understanding, create behavioral experiments, and test hypotheses all in the service of goal-directed change.


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

  1. Develop a detailed, dynamic case conceptualization.
  2. Use a case conceptualization to develop a behaviorally-specific, personalized treatment plan.
  3. Adapt diary cards to support clients more effectively.
  4. Effectively structure individual sessions.
  5. Condult thorough and efficient behavioral chain analysis and solution analysis.
  6. Develop creative strategies to activate new behaviors in session and behaviorally rehearse new behaviors during the week.


Individuals who are already applying DBT Individual Therapy in their practice, are interested in DBT certification, and/or who directly supervise other clinicians who provide DBT. This is not an introductory training.


It is required that attendees are current members of a DBT team, and have received no less than 20 hours of DBT training.


Participants who complete the entire training will earn 12 CE hours. This training is not eligible for partial credits.
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
$325.00 /person
Student Registration Fee

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Private Training Requests

Portland DBT Institute training is available to schedule as a private training for your group. PDBTI’s training team travels locally, nationally, and internationally, to provide evidence based, adherent DBT training. Please fill out our Training Request Form and a training coordinator will contact you to see how we can work together to exceed your organization’s training goals.

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A $60.00 handling fee will be deducted upon cancellation. Refund requests by fax or email must be received two weeks before the start date. In addition, the fees are non-transferrable.

PDBTI reserves the right to cancel any program due to under-enrollment, or any course due to work stoppages, instructor illness or inclement weather. If a course is cancelled, PDBTI is responsible for refunding only the course fee.