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Saturday, September 25th from 9:00-11:30a at Keystone Commons

OR Saturday, November 20th from 9:00-11:30a, location TBD

OR Saturday, January 8th from 9:00-11:30a, location TBD

The Institute
Training Institute Fall 2021

Cultivate freedom to explore ways of being in the world, and with others.

The DvT PDX Training Institute is a continuing education program for all healers, creators, educators, and change makers. Build skills to navigate this ever changing, highly unstable planet. We'll prepare you to better support others to do the same.

If you're ready to join us, register now. If you're looking to know more, email us.

DvT PDX Hybrid Training Institute (Virtual + In Person)


DvT PDX is a training institute in one of the silliest methods of drama therapy. Developmental Transformations is a highly potent, deeply impactful method which can be used in a multitude of therapeutic and healing settings. Based in rigorous theoretical principles, philosophy, and movement practices, DvT utilizes one’s entire body and mind to inspire change and healing.


Developmental Transformations (DvT) is a playful, embodied method that increases spontaneity and creativity, mindfulness, and one's ability to relate with others. DvT is based on the principle that all life is unstable. Instead of trying to create a false impression of stability, we practice embracing the instability of being. DvT can be used for both therapeutic and life practice purposes. Read more about Developmental Transformations here.


Your training staff, Rebecca Davis, Steph Bayne, and Beth VanBuecken, are all highly experienced trauma therapists who at some point have specialized in working with system affected youth and their families.


Institute Requirements:

The Institute will be held every other month in person.  Saturday mornings will be open to the public and will be a chance to practice group and individual play and connect to a playful community.  Saturday afternoons and Sundays will offer skills practice, lecture and discussion, and advanced practice for those in pursuing DvT training with the eventual goal of becoming a practitioner and institute graduate. 


Alternate months we will meet virtually on Saturdays for play and discussion.


Upon completion of the Level One training, students will be eligible to begin Level Two training, and work towards full certification in Developmental Transformations.  Level One typically takes students 1.5-2 years to complete. All Levels are proficiency-based.


Level One requirements include:

-Attendance at the equivalent of at least 8 training weekends

-passing the Level One test

-completing two papers on individual and group DvT practice

-demonstrated proficiency in group and individual DvT

-conducting a minimum of twenty sessions each of individual and group DvT (can be done in a variety of settings)

-DvT supervision of individual and group work*

*cost of supervision is not included in Level One training cost


Students considering Level One are highly encouraged to attend Saturday morning playdates to meet us and get acquainted with DvT practice.

2021-22 Dates


September 25 + 26                                          January 8 + 9                                       May 21 + 22

Saturday 9:00a-5:00p                                       Saturday 9:00a-5:00p                          Saturday 9:00a-5:00p

Sunday 9:00a-3:00p                                         Sunday 9:00a-3:00p                             Sunday 9:00a-3:00p


October 30 (Zoom)                                          February 19 (Zoom)

10a-1p                                                               10a-1p


November 20 + 21                                           March 12 + 13

Saturday 9:00a-5:00p                                       Saturday 9:00a-5:00p

Sunday 9:00a-3:00p                                          Sunday 9:00a-3:00p


December 18 (Zoom)                                       April 16 (Zoom)

10a-1p                                                               10a-1p


Yearly Cost: $1500

$300 to be paid at in person weekends

Deposit of $300 due at registration (September cost)

Please reach out to the faculty if finances are a barrier.

Reparations model, BIPOC Discount available upon request

CEUs Potentially Available through NASW Oregon

***In process

Safety Precautions

DvT is an embodied, highly physical method that involves touch and at times, close proximity to others.  It is of the utmost importance to us that we are able to practice safely and responsibly.  At this time we are requiring participants for in-person training be vaccinated against COVID-19.  Masks may be required as well, depending on current public health guidelines.

Training Therapy
Training Therapy and Supervision

All of the co-founders of DvT PDX provide DvT Supervision and Training Therapy.



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