Optimizing the Engine of DBT Individual Therapy

Dates will be announced soon! 

Presented via Zoom Video Communication 

Presented by 
DBT-Linehan Board of Certification Certified Clinician™ 


Providing individual DBT therapy for complex multi-diagnostic clients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is hard work and the road to treatment success is seldom straight-forward. It is easy to get mired down in the complexity and confusion of the targets, unrelenting crises, and in-session dysfunctional behavior. Once the most extreme behaviors quiet, we might long for the days when the session road map was simple: just do a chain analysis! But without cause, then what? 

This advanced workshop is intended for anyone who wishes to significantly improve their practice of doing DBT individual therapy, mastering DBT case conceptualization, and creating high-octane treatment plans based on your client’s goals and your case conceptualization. This workshop is built on a framework of what we have learned over the past decades in supervising and mentoring DBT therapists through their learning and practice of DBT – all the way through the certification process. As such this workshop is particularly suited to meet the needs of experienced DBT clinicians wishing to significantly elevate their practice of DBT and prepare well for the DBT-LBC Clinician Certification process. 

We will zero in on those key areas that are often the most challenging to master: 

  1. Developing a case conceptualization based on the DBT biosocial theory and primary and secondary targets; 
  2. Developing a client-specific DBT individualized treatment plan to get your client out of hell and on his/her way to a life worth living; 
  3. Creating a personalized diary card that maps directly to your client’s goals, hopes, & behavioral targets; 
  4. Structuring the session, including how to strategically review the diary card, collaboratively set an effective agenda with your client (even if they don’t want to), target the important topics and behaviors, and end the session well. 
  5. Creatively activating new behaviors in session and creating other behavioral rehearsal strategies for clients to practice throughout the week; 
  6. Collaboratively conducting a detailed high-octane behavioral chain analysis and solution analysis that illuminates what happened (including the context where the behavior occurred), as well as decision rules about where and how to intervene. 


Following completion of this two-day training, participants will be able to: 

  • Develop detailed case conceptualizations. 
  • Develop personalized treatment plans designed to expedite the therapeutic process. 
  • Adapt diary cards that are specific for each client. 
  • Effectively structure individual sessions. 
  • Conduct thorough and efficient behavioral chain analysis and solution analysis. 
  • 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 both training days will earn 12 CE hours. 

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 

Student Registration Fee 

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.

Private Training Request


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.