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LIVE WEBINAR: An Introduction To Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT) For Disorders Of Over-Control

Location Online - Live Webinar from 12-3.15PM US Central Time Date 5 May 2021Trainer Hope Arnold, LCSW, MA & Lori Prado, LMHC, LPC-S, CEDSCo-Host Radically Open Blended LearningAPA Credits 3

Course Objectives

Intended Audience & Aims: This 3 hour live webinar gives mental health practitioners who are not yet familiar with RO DBT a theoretical overview of the treatment. The training objective for clinicians attending this webinar is to be able to make an informed decision on whether RO DBT is suitable for their clients and whether they want to proceed to more advanced training that teaches how to put RO DBT into practice. This is not a training which teaches RO skills and techniques.

Brief summary of RO DBT: Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT) is a treatment for patients who suffer from emotional and behavioral over-control. Some clients lack emotional control and need interventions designed to enhance emotional and behavioral 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 25 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.

Please note: This is a 3 hour introductory training – the comprehensive implementation trainings comprise approximately 40-50 hours of blended learning (a combination of online and in person training) or 70 hours of intensive in person training offered as 2 x 5 full day trainings, with approximately 6 months between each 5 days. More details of both can be found here:

Date:  May 5th, 2021, 12.00-3.15pm US Central Time / 6.00-9.15pm Greenwich Mean Time (UK)

Live Webinar Schedule, May 5th, 2021 (times are US Central Time):

12.00-1.15 pm Live Teaching

1.15-1.30 pm Question and Answer opportunity

1.30-1.45 pm BREAK

1.45-3.00 pm Live Teaching

3.00-3.15 pm Question and Answer opportunity

Trainers: Hope Arnold, LCSW, MA & Lori Prado, LMHC, LPC-S, CEDS

Prerequisites: Apart from a professional qualification in a mental health or related field (e.g. psychology, psychiatry, social work, mental health nursing) there are no further prerequisites for the course.

Conflicts of interest: We don’t receive any direct commercial support for our training companies Radically Open Ltd or Radically Open Blended Learning. However, Dr. Thomas Lynch, the RO DBT treatment developer and chief RO DBT trainer, receives royalty fees for the RO DBT Textbook and Skills Manual from New Harbinger publishers. He is married to Mrs Erica Smith-Lynch, co-owner and director or Radically Open Ltd.

Learning Objectives

After attending this webinar, you will be able to:

  1. Define the problem of overcontrol according to the four core deficits and the biosocial theory for overcontrol
  2. Describe what Radical Openness is (and is not)
  3. Describe the RO-DBT treatment hierarchy and modes of treatment
  4. Make an informed decision on whether or not RO DBT might be a suitable treatment for my clients

CE Hours: 3


After the webinar you will be invited to complete a short quiz. You will receive a certificate of completion listing 3 CE hours if you answer 75% of the quiz questions correctly. NOTE: if you want your professional license number to be added to your certificate, please add this to your Bio on your online profile page or send your license number to

Method of Delivery: this is an interactive live webinar delivered via Zoom. You will need to have a sufficiently strong internet connection to be able to attend, see Zoom System Requirements. You will be able to submit questions in advance via the online pre-webinar survey we will send to you as well as during the webinar itself via the Question pod in Zoom. Due to time constraints it may not be possible to answer all questions but the trainers will do their best to answer those questions that are likely to be relevant to the majority of attendees.

Accessibility: The webinar will have live captions which can be turned on or off by the viewers.

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Instructor Bio’s

Hope Arnold, LCSW, MA 

Lori Prado, LMHC, LPC-S, CEDS,