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Self-control, the ability to inhibit competing urges, impulses, or behaviours 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 clinicians to the theoretical foundations and new skills underlying Radically Open-Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO DBT) for disorders of over-control (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 over-controlled 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 over-control, not emotion dysregulation. The biosocial theory for over-control 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 over-controlled 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.
Upon completion of this one-day training, participants will be able to:
Target Audience: Health Professionals working with clients with anorexia nervosa.
Health Professionals working with other illnesses with extreme over-control. E.g obsessive compulsive personality disorder and refractory depression
Registrations from Victorian public mental health services clinicians will be prioritised
Clinicians employed in Victorian public mental health services: $200.00
Other health professionals: $295.00
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided
Registrations close Friday 13 September 2019 or when places are full.
Hospital Education Centre (HEC)
Royal Melbourne Hospital – Royal Park Campus
34-54 Poplar Road, PARKVILLE, 3052, VIC