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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.

Given the knowledge and skillset of the DvT PDX Co-Founders, DvT PDX Practitioners will gain a deep knowledge and understanding of DvT as a critical practice in order to critique the world around them. DvT PDX Trainees will also gain skills and expertise in the healing of all forms of trauma and harm in a very direct way. Practitioners will be exceptionally prepared for activist work, community organizing, and trauma healing.

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.

Level Two: Engaging in Practice with the Other

Level Two Practitioners will learn how to intentionally utilize the structures of play and interpersonal interventions to provide guidance others towards increasing comfort~ish with the instabilities of the world. Playors will go out and apply their knowledge in a variety of places and spaces, including Therapeutics, Education, Community Activism, Drama and Performance, etc.

Training Tuition and Fees

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

Training Costs Per Year:

$1750.00, paid across 5 months. 

($350 due each in-person weekend)

Contact us for student and BIPOC rates

Monthly Group Supervision is included with the cost of the training

DvT Individual 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.

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