Upcoming Trainings


Welcome!


At Portland DBT Institute, we are consistently tailoring our training courses to meet the needs of the DBT community. Outlined below are our upcoming trainings. 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.


Upcoming Trainings


February 23, 2024 | 8:00am – 3:00pm PT

EXCLUSIVE One-Day Training!

Evidence-Based and Family-Focused Practices in the Treatment of Adolescent Substance Abuse

with Cindy Schaeffer, PhD

This training will emphasize family-focused interventions that empower parents and caregivers to take an active role in their young person’s care and address the caregiver practices and family/household dynamics that may contribute to adolescent substance use. 


February 29 – March 1, 2024 | 8:30am – 4:00pm PT

DBT in a Nutshell for Adolescents and Caregivers

with Ashley Maliken, PhD, DBT-LBC

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

Pamela Buck, PhD

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.


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.


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.


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

April 12, 2024 | 8:00am – 3:30pm 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.


April 25-26, 2024 | 7:00am – 2:30pm PT

Diving into DBT Skills

with April Sobieralski, 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 aiming to support attendees in enhancing their clinical repertoire and understanding the role of skills within comprehensive DBT.

Pamela Buck, PhD

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.


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 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 Trainings page and our CBT Trainings page.

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.

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


February 2, 2024 | 8:30am – 3:30pm PT

DBT for Psychosis

with Maggie Mullen, LCSW, DBT-LBC

By examining the existing research and best practices, we will explore DBT and DBT-informed concepts and principles that benefit clients with Psychotic Spectrum Disorders. Along the way, we will discuss barriers to providing effective treatment with this population.


Pamela Buck, PhD

January 25-26, 2024 | 7:00am – 2:30pm PT

Diving into DBT Skills

with Leah Smart-Gordon, LCSW, 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 aiming to support attendees in enhancing their clinical repertoire and understanding the role of skills within comprehensive DBT.


January 12, 2024 | 8:30am – 12:00pm PT

EXCLUSIVE Half-Day Training!

Let’s Continue to Listen to Our Youth: Strategies to Engage Black Youth in Mental Health Care

with Aijah K. B. Goodwin, PhD

Clinicians will reflect on their mental health engagement techniques and learn to understand, center, and utilize the generational, cultural, and systemic preferences of Black youth in mental health accessibility, intakes, and therapy engagement.


December 15, 2023 | 8:30am – 3:30pm PT

EXCLUSIVE One-Day Training!

Evidence Based Practices for Adolescents with ADHD and co-occurring High Risk Behaviors

with Lauren M. Haack, PhD

This one-day workshop will include an overview of select EBP strategies for adolescents with ADHD, including psychoeducation on adult-teen interaction styles, Organizational Skills Training, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, and self-care strategies.