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Introduction to Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (Newcastle, Australia)

Location Newcastle, Australia Date 8 Oct 2019Trainer Dr. Sophie Rushbrook, D.Clin.PsyCo-Host Hunter New England Local Health District

Course Objectives

Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO DBT) is a treatment for patients who suffer from emotional and behavioural over-control. Some clients lack emotional control and need interventions designed to enhance emotional and behavioural control; others, for whom RO DBT is designed, require interventions designed to relax rigid or inflexible control. 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, hard-to-treat groups such as Autism Spectrum Disorders and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder.

Course objectives:

  • 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

Dr Sophie Rushbrook is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who is the Head of the Intensive Psychological Therapy Service in Dorset. This is a tertiary service for adults with severe and complex difficulties in the community. The majority of patients have histories of chronic trauma, abuse and/or neglect and reach diagnosis for an average of 3 Personality Disorders. This service has been nominated for Beacon status in the UK, and it is one of the leading centres for PD in the country. She is trained to adherence in standard Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Cognitive Analytic Therapy. She is also trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion Focussed Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing and Prolonged Exposure -DBT.

Prices & Booking

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$350 for non-HNELHD employees

$290 for HNELHD employees


How to Register

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Travel Information

Conference Room 1, Officers Quarters, James Fletcher Hospital Campus, 72 Watt Street, Newcastle NSW 2300