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Event Details - Introduction to Radcially Open DBT for disorders of over control

Title: Introduction to Radcially Open DBT for disorders of over control
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective of Course / Workshop:

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.

Course / Workshop Outline:

One full day training.

While resting on many of the core principles of standard DBT, the therapeutic strategies in RO-DBT are often substantially different.

More information on Radically Open DBT is available here.

OPD points: 5
Course / Workshop content:

Learning objectives:

Upon completion of this one-day training, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain a new biosocial theory for Over-Control
  2. Describe the RO DBT treatment structure
  3. Describe new RO DBT treatment strategies designed to enhance willingness for self-inquiry and flexible responding
  4. Describe the RO DBT treatment hierarchy
  5. Describe a novel treatment mechanism positing open expression = trust = social connectedness
  6. List examples of strategies designed to improve pro-social cooperative signaling via activation of the parasympathetic nervous system’s social-safety system
Start/End Date: 12/12/2018 to 12/12/2018
Time: 09:00:00 - 17:00:00
Presenter / Provider: Dr Sophie Rushbrook
Contact Name: Sarah McMahon
Contact Phone: 0299083833
Contact Email:
Qualifications: PhD

Sophie was one of the first clinicians to be endorsed as a supervisor and has been supervising RO-DBT therapists since 2015. She is a senior trainer of RO-DBT and has delivered a number of intensive trainings with Professor Tom Lynch.

More information is available here:

Address: University of Sydney
Address 2:
Suburb: Camperdown
State: NSW
Postcode: 2000
Parking: Paid
Is there disability parking and entry? No
Are meals included with this event? No
If yes, what meals?
Registration URL:

Please register and payonline via the BodyMatters Australasia website:

Cost ($): $300 + GST
Registration Instruction (if applicable):

Regular $300 +gst

Student $200 +gst (student ID required- present on arrival)

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