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This course ‘Therapeutic Use of Social Signaling 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: 3 hours 32 minutes

CE credits: 3.5

Description: This course consists of 3 webinars that all focus on social signaling.

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

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.

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