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This course ‘The Key Mechanism of Change in Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy’ is part of the larger Level 2 RO DBT Blended Learning Course. Completion of this course and other Level 2 courses is required to obtain a full certificate of completion for Level 2.

Entry Requirements: You must have completed Level 1 of the RO DBT Blended Learning Course or have attended Part 1 of an Intensive Training course.


In this webinar Dr. Lynch teaches the importance of understanding and teaching the key mechanism of change in RO DBT, which is taught during the orientation and commitment phase. Dr. Lynch will teach 1) how to select the correct metaphor based on the client’s social signaling style and 2) how to effectively use the script using video demonstrations.

Webinar Duration: 1 hour & 36 minutes

CE credits: 1.5

Learning Objectives

  1. Select the correct metaphor (story) of the key mechanism of change script depending on your client’s social signaling style
  2. Use a script to teach the key mechanism of change to your clients early on in treatment.

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 1.5 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