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Course length: 3 hours 37 minutes

CE credits: 3.5

Description: This course consists of 3 webinars that all focus on identifying and treating the enigma predicament.

The Social Consequences of Indirect Social Signals: In this webinar Dr Lynch teaches more about the social consequences of indirect social signaling, how this can impact relationships, and what strategies you as a therapist can use to encourage your clients to communicate their experiences and needs more directly. Webinar Duration: 54 minutes

The Enigma Predicament: In this webinar Dr Lynch addresses the enigma predicament: the observation that overcontrolled clients secretly enjoy being difficult to comprehend and are difficult to impress. Dr Lynch teaches you how to recognize it, how it can impact the client’s relationships including the therapeutic relationship, and how to target this in treatment, with a special focus on responding to compliments. Webinar Duration: 1 hour 16 minutes

Using Behavioral Exposure to Enhance Social Connectedness: In this webinar Dr Lynch starts by explaining the basics of classical conditioning. Using a range of clinical examples, video and audio materials, Dr Lynch then goes on to explain how you as a RO DBT therapist can use brief behavioral exposures to feared social cues to help clients lay down new learning and respond in a pro-social manner Webinar Duration: 1 hour 27 minutes

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize the “I am fine” phenomenon and other indirect forms of communication that overcontrolled clients frequently use and ask for clarification when these occur
  2. Apply RO DBT strategies such as ‘ask don’t tell’, therapeutic teasing and heat-on heat-off when challenging overcontrolled clients
  3. Recognize the presentation of the Enigma Predicament in overcontrolled clients and target this in treatment
  4. Demonstrate to your overcontrolled clients how to effectively respond to praise or compliments
  5. Use brief informal behavioral exposure techniques to help your clients habituate to previously feared (social) cues
  6. Use repeated mini-practices to help your client respond in a pro-social manner to social cues in the real world
  7. Demonstrate ‘safety-on-the-go’ social signaling techniques

Recommended Reading Materials:

  1. Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Theory and Practice for Treating Disorders of Overcontrol (T. Lynch, 2018; published by New Harbinger)
  2. 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.

Certificate/Letter of Completion: To obtain a certificate of completion you must view all videos, answer at least 80% of the quiz questions correctly and complete the online evaluation form. You will be able to download your certificate of completion stating 3.5 CE credits immediately via your account on the website. Please note: ACE and APA credit is not awarded for prerequisite reading, homework, assignments, supervision, and consultation.

Accreditation: we are accredited by the American Psychological Association and the Approved Continuing Education board of the Association of Social Work Boards.

Conflicts of interest: We don’t receive any direct commercial support for our training company RO DBT Online B.V. 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 and RO DBT Online B.V.

Tip: You can download a Syllabus with a full list of all webinars, durations, and homework assignments here