RO DBT Introductory Workshop
March 29 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm$125.00
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
Self-control, the ability to inhibit competing urges, impulses, or behaviors is highly valued by most societies. However, excessive self-controlhas 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, 2018). 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.
6.5 CEUs will be offered for LMFT, LPC, LCSW, and Clinical Psychologists
Upon completion of this one-day training, participants will be able to:
- Explain a new biosocial theory for OC
- 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 signaling via activation of the parasympathetic nervous system’s social-safety system
Apart from a professional qualification in a mental health or related field (e.g. psychology, psychiatry, social work, mental health nursing) there are no further prerequisites for the course. Previous training in standard DBT is not a requirement for attending RO DBT courses.
08:30 – 09:00 Registration and Sign-In
09.00 – 10:00 RO-DBT – An Empirically Based Treatment
10:00 – 11:00 The Problem of Too Much Self Control
11:00 – 12:30 The Neuroregualtory Model and Bio-Social Theory
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch Break
1:30 – 2:30 Signalling Matters and Radical Openness
2:30 – 3:30 Assessing Overcontrol
3:30 – 4:30 Treatment Structure, Overview of RO skills and an Example of Targeting OC Maladaptive Behavior
ABOUT THE TRAINER
Karyn Hall, PhD, Founder and Director, Dialectical Behavior Therapy Center
Dr. Hall has been in private practice for over twenty years and is the founder and Director of The DBT Center in Houston, Texas. The Center offers both standard and intensive DBT treatment, Radically Open DBT, Prolonged Exposure Therapy and coaching. She focuses on working with treatment resistant depression, chronic anxiety, trauma, suicidality, self-injury, eating disorders and borderline personality disorder.
An expert in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and a senior clinician in Radically Open DBT, Dr. Hall is a licensed psychologist and a certified coach. She has served as a speaker/trainer for both private and public schools on a national level and has served as a consultant for implementation of DBT in residential treatment and mental health centers. She is a DBT trainer with Treatment Implementation Collaborative and has presented workshops on a local, national and international level. She blogs for Psychology Today and PsychCentral, is co-author of The Power of Validation and author of SAVVY, Mindfulness Exercises and The Emotionally Sensitive Person. She’s on the board of directors for NEA BPD and the founder of Healing Hearts of Families annual conference.