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Intro to Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (Atlanta, GA)

Location Atlanta, GA Date 21 Oct 2019Trainer Heidi Petracco, MSW, LCSW, BCDCo-Host Hillside Atlanta

Course Objectives

Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT) is a new evidence-based treatment for people who suffer from emotional and behavior over-control. While traditional DBT works well for clients who lack emotional control and need interventions to enhance emotional and behavioral control; others, for whom RO DBT was designed, require interventions designed to relax rigid or inflexible control.

A counterintuitive idea behind the therapy is that it’s possible to have too much self-control. Self-control refers to our ability to restrain acting on our urges, emotions, and wants in favor of longer term goals. Most of the time, self-control is good, but some people can suffer from ex-cessive self-control. For these people, inhibiting and controlling impuls-es and emotions has become so habitual and automatic that they have problems relaxing control when needed. This can result in overcon-trolled people being overly inhibited, perfectionistic, cautious, and feel-ing exhausted by social interactions.

RO DBT has been researched over the past 20 years for patients with chronic depression or anorexia nervosa. Research results suggest that it is effective in these, and other, treatment resistant groups such as Autism Spectrum Disorders and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder.

Educational Objectives
  • Explain a new biosocial theory for Over Control (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 de-signed to improve pro-social cooperative signaling via activation of the parasympathetic nervous system’s social safety system

Who Should Attend:
Mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, etc.) and students in training to be mental health professionals who are interested in learning how to help their overcontrolled clients. No prior training in DBT or RO-DBT is necessary. Instructional level will be similar to a graduate and post-graduate level lecture class.

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