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This course ‘Therapeutic Stance, Teasing and Silliness 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.

Course length: 4 hours 10 minutes

CE credits: 4

Description: This course consists of 3 webinars that all focus on the therapeutic style of RO DBT therapists.

Therapeutic Stance and Therapeutic Teasing: This webinar focuses on the therapeutic stance in RO DBT and finishes with an introduction into therapeutic teasing. Dr. Lynch introduces the idea of the therapist as tribal ambassador and teaches about the social signaling dialectic used in RO DBT when challenging a client: playful irreverence versus compassionate gravity. Webinar Duration: 59 minutes

Therapeutic Teasing Part 2: Moving from Theory to Practice: This webinar is a very practice-based webinar: using audio and video clips, Dr Lynch teaches you how and when to tease your clients effectively. Webinar Duration: 1 hour 41 minutes

Therapeutic Silliness: In RO DBT, we take silliness very seriously! Dr Lynch teaches you why and how acting silly around overcontrolled clients can help them achieve their valued goals and viscerally experience what it feels like to be part of a tribe. Webinar Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Learning Objectives

At the end of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Apply the RO therapeutic stance of ‘tribal ambassador’ and practice kindness first and foremost
  2. Explain how teasing and gossip differ when it comes to providing corrective feedback about blind spots
  3. Use therapeutic teasing to provide corrective feedback or challenge a client in a friendly, kind manner
  4. Assess when to use therapeutic teasing and when to use compassionate gravity when challenging a client.
  5. Explain the difference between a tease, and a joke, a niggle, sarcasm, validation, confronting, and feedback.
  6. Use therapeutic silliness to help your overcontrolled clients identify and achieve their valued-goals
  7. Use participating without planning mindfulness practices during skills classes to help your overcontrolled clients learn how to chill-out and join-in with others
  8. Explain the difference between therapeutic teasing and therapeutic silliness.

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 4 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