Upcoming Trainings


At Portland DBT Institute, we are consistently tailoring our DBT training courses to meet the needs of the DBT community. Outlined below are our upcoming trainings, most of which are DBT training. At this time, all of our trainings are held over Zoom video communications.

It is important to us to reduce the disparity in accessing mental health treatment among racial and ethnic minority, sexual and gender minority, low-income, and other underserved populations. We are all working together to improve public health and wellbeing. If you are in need of financial assistance in order to attend a training, we would love for you to fill out a scholarship application.

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Upcoming Trainings

May 20-21, 2024 | 8:30am – 4:00pm PT

Optimizing Eating Disorder Treatment with DBT

with Amy Kalasunas, LPCC-S, NCC, DBT-LBC
and Dean Malec, PhD

This two-day workshop will focus on presenting evidenced based theory and practices to diagnose and treat eating disorder symptoms in clients.

June 7, 2024 | 8:30am – 4:00pm PT

EXCLUSIVE One-Day Training!

DBT for LGBTQ+ Clients

with Kim Skerven, PhD, ABPP, DBT-LBC
and Jake Camp, DClinPsy

This training will provide an introduction to working with LGBTQ+ individuals and groups in DBT. The aim will be to increase therapist competencies to provide culturally-sensitive care for LGBTQ+ people in DBT, in hope to increase the acceptability and outcomes of DBT for this group. 

Pamela Buck, PhD

June 13-14, 2024 | 8:30am – 4:00pm PT

Diving into DBT Skills for Adolescents and Caregivers

with Jamie Bedics, PhD, DBT-LBC

This training is an ideal follow-up to DBT in a Nutshell, or for providers who have familiarity with the fundamentals of DBT. This two-day training will provide an overview of DBT skills commonly taught when leading a multifamily skills group.

July 16-17, 2024 | 8:30am – 4:00pm PT

EXCLUSIVE One-Day Training!

Introduction to Culturally Responsive Behavioral Activation 

with Ajeng Puspitasari, LP, PhD, ABPP

This introductory training focuses on the core components of Behavioral Activation (BA) and strategies to implement BA with diverse patients guided by the Multicultural Orientation Model.

July 23, 2024 | 8:30am – 12:00pm PT

EXCLUSIVE Half-Day Training!

Postvention from Suicide in Mental Health Practice: Balancing Process and Outcomes

with Andrew White, PhD, ABPP, DBT-LBC

We will review literature on best practices related to postvention intervention, focusing on frameworks for effective communication, proactive postvention, and support for colleagues and families involved.

September 20, 2024 | 8:30am – 4:00pm PT

EXCLUSIVE One-Day Training!

Maximizing Your Therapeutic Toolbox: An Intro to the Unified Protocol for Adolescents

with Niza Tonarely-Busto, PhD

This one-day introductory workshop will review in detail the Unified Protocols for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Adolescents, including therapy techniques and strategies to maximize your therapeutic toolbox.

October 7-9 & 15-16, 2024

Annual Intensive Training!

DBT Comprehensive Implementation & Training Intensive (CITI) Part I

with Andrew White, PhD, ABPP, DBT-LBC
and Erica Tan, PsyD, DBT-LBC

Designed for practitioners and programs seeking an immersive experience in DBT – where the primary goal is to build a strong and adherent DBT program, outstanding DBT clinical competence, and a highly effective DBT consultation team.

About Us

Our trainings offer a full orientation to DBT, from basics to advanced courses developed to help DBT-savvy clinicians further hone their skills. All members of our DBT training team have completed the highest levels of training.

Our enthusiastic and knowledgeable trainers balance decades of experience with enthusiasm for the latest research. For a list of our standard training offerings, please see our DBT Training page. 

Portland DBT Institute training is available to schedule as a private DBT 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 our training coordinator will contact you to see how we can work together to exceed your organization’s training goals.

Portland DBT Institute is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Past Trainings

April 5, 2024 | 8:30am – 4:00pm PT

Ethics, Boundaries of Competence, Avoiding Harm, and Risk Management: Working Well with the Suicidal Patient

with Andrew White, PhD, ABPP, DBT-LBC

This one day workshop is designed for mental health providers and other healthcare professionals who provide direct-care services and, as a result, will be required to assess and manage a suicide crisis at some point during their professional career.

Pamela Buck, PhD

Pamela Buck, PhD

March 21-22, 2024 | 7:00am – 2:30pm PT

DBT in a Nutshell: Treating Multi-Diagnostic Complex Individuals

with Jason Fritts, LCSW, DBT-LBC

This training is designed for mental health professionals and other providers new to DBT principles and strategies, and who work with individuals with chronic emotion dysregulation and complex problems.

March 15, 2024 | 8:30am – 4:00pm PT

EXCLUSIVE One-Day Training!

DBT and Chronic Pain: A Dialectical Workshop on Treating Sensory Dysregulation

with Deborah Barrett, PhD, LCSW

Participants will build on and adapt what they may already know about DBT and emotion dysregulation to approach, conceptualize, and treat individuals who are suffering from chronic sensory dysregulation, regardless of its root cause.

March 7-8, 2024 | 8:30am – 4:00pm PT

DBT for People with Substance Use Disorders

with Pam Buck, PhD, DBT-LBC

This two-day training is a highly experiential, and practical workshop that will provide participants with a comprehensive working knowledge of the adaptations to be made when working with individuals with BPD-SUD. Developed and overseen by internationally recognized expert and Portland DBT Institute director, Linda Dimeff, PhD.