Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO DBT) is a new evidence based treatment targeting a spectrum of disorders characterized by excessive self-control, often referred to as overcontrol (OC).
Psychological health or well-being in RO DBT is hypothesized to involve three core transacting features:
- Receptivity and Openness to new experience and disconfirming feedback in order to learn.
- Flexible-control in order to adapt to changing environmental conditions.
- Intimacy and social-connectedness (with at least one other person) based on premises that species survival required capacities to form long-lasting bonds and work in groups or tribes
This is a 10-day training. Prices are for the complete 10 day intensive workshop (2 x 5 days) plus online support. At the end of the 10 days you will have all the skills you need to be an effective RO-DBT practitioner.
Part 1- February 3-7th 2020
Part 2- October 19-23rd 2020
Student Price: $2,700
Early Bird: $3,700
Full Fee: $5,000
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Self-control, the ability to inhibit competing urges, impulses, or behaviours is highly valued by most societies. However, excessive self-control has been linked to social isolation, aloof interpersonal functioning, maladaptive perfectionism, constricted emotional expressions, and difficult-to-treat mental health problems, such as anorexia nervosa, obsessive compulsive personality disorder and refractory depression.
The aim of this workshop is to introduce clinicians to the theoretical foundations and new skills underlying Radically Open-Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT) for disorders of overcontrol (Lynch, in press). RO DBT is fully manualized and supported by three randomized controlled trials (RCTs) for refractory depression, two open-trials targeting adult Anorexia Nervosa, and one non-randomized trial targeting treatment resistant overcontrolled adults.
While resting on many of the core principles of standard DBT, the therapeutic strategies in RO-DBT are often substantially different. For example, RO-DBT contends that emotional loneliness represents the core problem for overcontrol, not emotion dysregulation. The biosocial theory for overcontrol posits that heightened threat sensitivity and diminished reward sensitivity transact with early family experiences emphasizing “mistakes as intolerable” and “self-control as imperative” to result in an overcontrolled coping style that limits opportunities to learn new skills and exploit positive social reinforcers. A novel thesis linking the communicative functions of emotional expression to the formation of close social bonds will be introduced, as well as new skills emphasizing receptivity, self-enquiry and flexible responding. New approaches designed to activate a neurobiological-based social-safety system, signal cooperation, and encourage genuine self-disclosure will be introduced using slides, handouts, video clips, and role plays.
Upon completion of this one-day training, participants will be able to:
- Explain a new biosocial theory for Over-Control
- Describe the RO DBT treatment structure
- Describe new RO DBT treatment strategies designed to enhance willingness for self-inquiry and flexible responding
- Describe the RO DBT treatment hierarchy
- Describe a novel treatment mechanism positing open expression = trust = social connectedness
- List examples of strategies designed to improve pro-social cooperative signalling via activation of the parasympathetic nervous system’s social-safety system