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Live Webinar: RO DBT Online Introductory Training

Location Online - Live webinar (12-7pm Australian Eastern Time!!) Date 23 Apr 2021Trainer Thomas R Lynch, PhDCo-Host PEERS® Australia LtdAPA Credits 5

Course Objectives

Intended Audience & Aims 

This live webinar, co-hosted by PEERS® Australia Ltd, gives mental health practitioners who are not yet familiar with RO DBT an overview of the treatment. The aim is for clinicians to be able to make a more informed decision after attending this webinar on whether or not RO DBT is suitable for their clients and whether they want to learn how to practice RO DBT.

Content Level: Intermediate – it is assumed that you have a professional qualification in the mental health field (e.g. psychology, social work).

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.

Attendees will have the unique opportunity to hear from the treatment developer, Dr Lynch, the introductory principles of RO-DBT,  an empirically proven approach to disorders of over control. 

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 research spans across 25 years for patients with chronic depression and anorexia nervosa, and emergent research outcomes indicate efficacy in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder, Anxiety Disorders and Maladaptive Perfectionism.

Please note: This is a 5 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:

A special discount code with a value of US$150 will be offered to all attendees if they choose to register for the Level 1 Blended Learning programme (or the Level 1+2 package deal) after attending the webinar.

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. Recognize the importance of context-dependent social signaling as the key mechanism of change of RO DBT
  5. Make an informed decision on whether or not RO DBT might be a suitable treatment for your clients


Attendees will obtain 5 hours of training comprising an overview of RO DBT and will receive certification of completion following a knowledge quiz with correct answers of 75%. Certification of completion will contribute to a listing 5 CE hours. You will be able to re-take the quiz up to 3 times in order to pass.

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 and Schedule

The online event is a combination of pre-recorded lectures by Dr. Thomas Lynch and a 1-hour live Question and Answer session with Dr Lynch at the end. 

All times are Australian Eastern Time

12.00 Introduction by PEERS® Australia

12.35 Overcontrol, Research and Treatment Structure (pre-recorded video)


14.30 Tribes Matter & The BioSocial Theory (pre-recorded video)

15.40 BREAK 

16.00 Radical Openness and Self-Enquiry (pre-recorded video)

16.50 BREAK

17.10 Social Signaling and the Key Mechanism of Change (pre-recorded video)

18.00 Live Q&A session with Dr Thomas Lynch

19.00 END

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.

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Instructor Bio

Thomas R. Lynch, PhD is Professor Emeritus in the School of Psychology at University of Southampton. He was the Director of the Duke Cognitive Behavioral Research and Treatment Program at Duke University (USA) from 1998-2007.

Dr Lynch is the treatment developer of Radically Open-Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO-DBT)—a new transdiagnostic treatment approach informed by 20+ years of clinical research. He is the author of the RO-DBT treatment manual titled “Radically Open- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Disorders of Overcontrol” as a well as the RO DBT Skills Training Manual (2018; Context Press).

Dr Lynch has been the recipient of multiple large research grants from a range of sources, including the National Institutes of Health, National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, the Hartford Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and the National Institute for Health Research. He was also the Chief Investigator of a multi- centre randomized controlled trial examining the efficacy and mechanisms of RO-DBT funded by the NIHR- Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation programme (; Lynch).

He is a recipient of the John M. Rhoades Psychotherapy Research Endowment and a Beck Institute Scholar. He is recognized internationally as a world-leading expert in difficult-to-treat disorders; such as, personality disorders, chronic depression, and anorexia nervosa and is in frequent demand as a speaker internationally—e.g., Europe, USA, and Canada.

Prices & Booking

$190 USD per person