Volunteer Training Opportunity

*We are now accepting applications for internships starting in January 2024.*


DBT Skills Training Group
Co-Leader Opportunities

The Portland DBT Institute (PDBTI) is currently seeking student trainees to be co-leaders for our DBT skills training groups. We are a free-standing, outpatient clinic that serves both public and private sectors. PDBTI is located in the heart of Portland, Oregon with a satellite office in Salem, Oregon. We are proud to follow the Linehan model with full fidelity, which includes the use of a co-leader in order to increase learning and deliver skills training in an effective manner.

The skills group co-leader is a volunteer training position, primarily for graduate (or advanced undergraduate) students needing clinical hours, clinical experience, or course credit. We do not offer individual therapy experience at our site for our volunteers. Students can join PDBTI as a co-leader for either their primary placement (8-16 hours a week) or secondary placement (four hours a week). PDBTI offers standard DBT groups for teens and adults as well as specialty groups that focus on eating disorders, PTSD, and substance use disorders. You will receive comprehensive training and expert supervision in a supportive environment where you will learn and teach DBT skills, increase your mindfulness practice, and contribute to a vibrant community.

Co-leaders are asked to attend group co-leader supervision on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Co-leaders are also expected to make at least a nine-month commitment (12-month preferred) for two groups (about four hours a week). We prefer applicants who have knowledge or experience with DBT, CBT, behavioral treatments, and/or crisis intervention. We accept applications throughout the year; however, co-leaders start their rotation at PDBTI at one of three times during the year: Fall (September), Winter (January), or Summer (June).

All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, creed (religion), color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristic, marital status or domestic violence victim status, and shall also follow the requirements of the Human Rights Law with regard to non-discrimination on the basis of prior criminal conviction and prior arrest.

Getting Started

For more information or to begin the application process, please send an email with your CV or resume to:

Andrew White, PhD
Associate Director
Phone: (503) 290-3281
Fax: (503) 231-8153