From in-person RO DBT workshops to on-demand webinars: the challenge of going digital

Wow! Who would have thought it would take years to transform a 10-day in-person workshop into an online program? We certainly didn’t when we started this project! Tom, Erica and myself have been working on the ‘online project’ for almost 2 years now and we’re not done yet, although we are really happy and proud of the content we have created thus far.

Level 1 has been available from October 2019 via PESI and over 600 clinicians have already started the course! Here’s what they have learned so far:

  • RO DBT: a new evidence-based treatment
  • Social Bonds and Self-Control
  • The Biosocial Theory for Disorders of Overcontrol
  • The RO DBT Neuroregulatory Model
  • Assessing Overcontrol
  • Introduction to Treatment Structure and Targeting

Level 2 is currently being developed, and the first couple of on-demand webinars are ready! Level 2 will be launched June 2020 and will consist of 20+ on-demand webinars with more in-depth teaching by Tom. It has been amazing to be part of creating this content, and a lot of fun too! And challenging sometimes … how can you make an online training fun? Luckily Tom is very creative and we hope you will enjoy his teaching! And what will you learn? Well, a lot:

  • Radical Openness
  • Self-Enquiry
  • RO DBT Treatment Structure
  • The Key Mechanism of Change
  • Therapeutic Use of Micro-Mimicry
  • Therapeutic Use of Social Signaling
  • Therapeutic Teasing
  • The OC Subtypes
  • Alliance Ruptures
  • Behavioral Principles
  • Managing Pushbacks and Don’t Hurt Me’s
  • Treatment Targeting
  • Chain & Solution Analysis
  • RO DBT Skills Training

Because we are launching Level 2 in batches, we will offer it at a special launch price of $1000, and you will pay in 4 installments of $250 (3 months in between installments). You will get access to 5 or 6 brand new, hot off the press, on-demand webinars all taught by Dr. Thomas Lynch every 3 months, and we even throw in a FREE Bonus: 12 months access to our RO DBT Resources course with lots of useful downloads and role-plays. You will get a certificate of completion after you have successfully completed all 20+ modules, including the quizzes.

“And what about Level 3?”, you may wonder. Level 3 will be the icing on the cake, where you get to put your newly learned skills into practice, with more in-person interaction with our accredited trainers. We plan to make this available from May/June of 2021. We know, that sounds so far away in the future…. but believe us,

it will be worth the wait!


Customer experiences

The teaching material and practice regarding RO were really impactful – forget about my patients – I’m learning so much about myself, my world and my own style that the Transatlantic trip was worthwhile for this alone!

Natasha, NHS Therapist and DBT specialist

I have found it to be very user-friendly. The patients themselves have said that they have found it very impactful… For me, I have found that it’s been very helpful to me to provide the therapy but also for my own personal life. RO DBT focuses in on social functioning and getting better relationships. Very few other therapeutic techniques teach patients actual skills — how to use their own body to help to them interact differently with and influence their environment. People pick the skills up fairly quickly.

Amy Gaglia, NHS Therapist and DBT specialist

In the practice I work at our RO program has grown pretty quickly, which has been super cool to see! We started out as a practice mainly doing standard DBT, and since we found RO we’ve realized how many of our clients are OC and need RO instead. The shift from DBT to RO for a lot of our population has been neat to witness – clients able to do work in areas needed, and our clinicians not trained in RO being supportive of us and interested in learning more.

Jordan Morehouse,, Toledo, Ohio


Radically Open Ltd is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Radically Open Ltd maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

More about Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT) is a new evidence based treatment, supported by 20 years of clinical research, targeting a spectrum of disorders characterized by excessive self control, often referred to as overcontrol (OC).