Why DvT?

DvT is a highly nuanced, theoretically informed, embodied approach to healing, education, social justice, interpersonal relationships, and the rest of life.

Our hybrid online and in-person training model is experiential and embodied, and is delivered through lectures, practical exercises, and readings. Competent DvT practice requires practitioners who demonstrate a thorough understanding of the theoretical framework, direct practice with other players (our word for "clients"), a high level of embodied self-knowledge, and a deep capacity for critical reflection and self-regulation. In order to achieve this level of competency, personal DvT sessions and supervision are required to achieve the highest level of DvT training.

The aim of DvT is to lower the fear of the instability of Being. As such, the applications of DvT in the world are varied and diverse. DvT, created by mental health practitioners, is a powerful tool in the healing and recovery from numerous mental health challenges, trauma in particular. DvT provides an equally expansive lab in which to work and re-work social inequities in order to discover and pursue more just and moral outcomes for all beings. DvT supports educators in building flexible classrooms and dynamic curriculum that lead students into exploration of content areas with enthusiasm and depth. Some individuals choose to train in DvT simply for the joy it brings, and in order to expand their window of tolerance, improve interpersonal relationships, and bring freedom from personal and professional anxieties and stress.

Curriculum and Timeline

Level One: Embodied Encounter in the PlaySpace


Level One Practitioners will learn how to play, and to be played with. Practitioners will be introduced to basic DvT theory, the structure of individual and group sessions, interpersonal interventions, and key concepts like the recursive cycle, and the instabilities of Being.

Year One: 

Year Two:

Level Two: Engaging in Practice with the Other

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Year Two:

Training Tuition and Fees

The following fees are specific to the DvT PDX Hybrid Training Institute in Portland, OR.

Training Costs Per Year:

$1500.00, paid across 5 months. 

($300 due each in-person weekend)

Total Tuition Across 4 Years: $6000.00

DvT Supervision Costs:

DvT supervision typically ranges in cost from $90-$120 per session.

Costs per session are set by each individual supervisor. Some supervisors may offer sliding scale and reparations fee structures.

DvT Training Therapy Costs:

DvT training therapy typically ranges from $90-$150 per session.

Costs per session are set by each individual therapist. Some therapists may offer sliding scale and reparations fee structures.