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Introduction to Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (Boston, MA)

Location Boston, MA Date 27 Sep 2019Trainer Lindsay N. Johnson, MSEd, LPC, ACSCo-Host Boston Child Study CenterAPA Credits 6.5

Course Objectives

Self-control, the ability to inhibit competing urges, impulses, or behaviors 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 participants 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.

Intended Audience:  This workshop is relevant for psychologists, psychiatrists, professional counselors, case managers, social workers, marriage & family therapists, alcohol & drug abuse counselors, and other mental health professionals who work with individuals for whom comprehensive behavioral treatments are relevant.  This course is for all levels of clinicians/providers.

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
  7.      Identify bio-temperamental traits linked to over control
  8.      Describe the original research and development as well as current research of Radically Open DBT
  9.      Describe the RO DBT model of emotions

September 27, 2019
Registration begins at 8:30 am
Program will run from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
6.5 CE credits will be awarded

Prices & Booking

The cost of this program is $300

How to Register

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Travel Information

Boston Child Study Center
729 Boylston Street, Boston, MA