On-Demand Webinar: Therapeutic Use of Social Signaling (Level 2 Part 04)

Trainers: Thomas R. Lynch PhD, FBPsS

PLEASE NOTE: This course is part of the Level 2 Blended Learning course so there is no need to buy this if you have already got access to Level 2. 

This course consists of three on-demand webinars that all focus on social signaling. 

This course is intended for clinicians who have previously attended an RO DBT intensive training course and would like to refresh their knowledge.

You will get indefinite access to this course, there is no expiration date.

$122.50 excl. sales tax

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5 to 9 persons10%
10 to 14 persons12.5%
15+ persons15%


Description and Learning Objectives

Social Signaling Style and Personality: In the first half of this module Dr Lynch explains the differences in social signaling between undercontrolled and overcontrolled clients and their underlying motivations for their social signaling behavior. The second part of the module focuses on how the indirect communication forms of discretion and politeness can be used in therapy to turn your client’s attention to potentially difficult topics in a kind manner. Webinar Duration: 58 minutes

Therapeutic Use Of Micromimicry: In this webinar Dr Lynch starts by explaining how quickly we perceive and process emotionally evocative stimuli. This knowledge lays the foundation for understanding how quick and automatic visceral responding can become a problem for hyper-threat sensitive overcontrolled clients. Next, Dr Lynch explains how micro-mimicry may be the basis for human empathy and how, by taking advantage of the mirror neuron system and proprioceptive feedback, therapists can activate their own as well as their clients’ social safety systems. Webinar Duration: 57 minutes

Therapeutic Use of Pro-Social Cooperative Signaling: In this webinar Dr Lynch discusses both the theoretical background of pro-social signaling as well as how to use this knowledge to your advantage as an RO DBT therapist when treating overcontrolled clients. Webinar Duration: 1 hour 36 minutes

Course length: 3 hours 32 minutes

CE credits: 3.5

Created/launched: August 27, 2020.

Learning Objectives. At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Differentiate between undercontrolled and overcontrolled social signaling and their underlying motivations
  2. Use politeness and discretion tactics as ways to kindly turn your client’s attention to potentially difficult topics without ‘rubbing their nose in it’. 
  3. Explain how the combination of (1) the emotional response timeline, (2) our built-in signal detection error and (3) overcontrolled heightened-bio-temperamental threat sensitivity makes it more difficult for overcontrolled clients to activate their social safety system.
  4. Use gestures, postures and facial expressions that universally signal openness, non-dominance and friendly intentions to activate social safety in yourself and your clients.
  5. Differentiate between five types of smiles, describe their functions and explain in which contexts they can be adaptive or maladaptive. 
  6. Describe the differences in functions, facial expressions, and associated emotions between disgust and contempt.
  7. Identify and treat ‘deer in the headlight’ (flat, unresponsive) responses that may occur in overcontrolled clients.

Entry Requirements & Additional Information

Target audience: clinicians with a professional qualification in a mental health or related field (e.g. psychology, psychiatry, social work, mental health nursing) who have already attended an RO DBT intensive training and who would like to refresh their knowledge. 

Content Level: Intermediate - it is expected you are familiar with RO DBT.

Entry Requirements: You must have successfully completed Level 1 of the Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy Blended Learning program or attended an RO DBT Intensive Training in the past.

Method of Delivery: this course consists of a non-interactive pre-recorded video. You will need to have a sufficiently strong internet connection to be able to stream the video.

Accessibility: All videos have the option to turn on English Closed Captions. If you have any questions, need help or want to discuss accessibility issues, please contact roelie@radicallyopen.net

Knowledge Quizzes: After each part you will be invited to complete a knowledge quiz via your online account.  You will need to answer 80% of questions correctly in order to pass and move on to the next part. 

Recommended Reading Materials:

  • Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Theory and Practice for Treating Disorders of Overcontrol (T. Lynch, 2018; published by New Harbinger)
  • The Skills Training Manual for Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Clinician's Guide for Treating Disorders of Overcontrol (T. Lynch, 2018; published by New Harbinger)

These books will be used throughout the training as reference works. You will not receive excerpts from the Textbook or Skills Manual as part of the Level 2 and 3 courses. It is assumed that clinicians wishing to learn RO DBT will have purchased these books already. If you have not, you can purchase them through various book sellers, including Amazon and New Harbinger, the publisher.

Conflicts of interest: We don’t receive any direct commercial support for our training companies RO DBT Online B.V. or Radically Open Ltd. 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 RO DBT Online B.V. and Radically Open Ltd.

CE credits

Certificate/Letter of Completion: You will be able to download a certificate of completion for 3.5 CE credits  provided you have passed the knowledge quiz and have completed the CE evaluation form. If you want your professional license number to be added to your certificate, please add this to your profile via your account management page.

Accreditation: We are accredited by the American Psychological Association and by the Approved Continuing Accreditation / Association of Social Work Boards.  ACE and APA credit is not awarded for prerequisite reading, homework, assignments, supervision, and consultation.

Instructor Bio: Dr Thomas Lynch

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 (http://www.reframed.org.uk/; 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.

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