Level 3


The goal of Level 3 of the Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy Blended Learning course is to consolidate your learning from Levels 1 and 2, to deepen your knowledge and to practice, practice, practice! The workshop will be very interactive via practical exercises and role-plays so full audience participation is expected.

Level 3 will cover the following topics (for a complete list of Learning Objectives, scroll down):

  • Self-Enquiry
  • Orientation and Commitment
  • Disguised Demands
  • OC Subtypes
  • Teasing
  • Alliance Ruptures & Repairs
  • RO Skills Class
  • Managing Maladaptive Behavior in class
  • Targeting
  • Chain Analysis
  • Solution Analysis
  • Micro-Supervision

Content Level and Entry Requirements: this training is at the intermediate level; you must have completed Levels 1 and 2 of the Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy Blended Learning course.

Target Audience: Clinicians with a professional qualification in a mental health related field (e.g. psychology, psychiatry, social work, mental health nursing, dietitian).

Method of Delivery: We offer Level 3 in two formats: a 3-day workshop or a series of live online meetings. Full participation is expected, including role-plays, self-enquiry practices and demonstrations. You are expected to attend all three days from start to finish.

Certificate of completion: You will receive a certificate of completion listing 18 CE credits provided you attend the course from start to finish and complete the required CE evaluation form. We will track attendance each day. No exceptions will be made so please make sure you are present for the entire duration of the training. ACE and APA credit is not awarded for break times.

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 of RO DBT Online B.V. and Radically Open Ltd.

Accessibility: If you have any questions, need help or want to discuss accessibility issues, please contact support@radicallyopen.net

Level 3

Global Workshop Schedule

Global Workshop Schedule**

Times are indicative, please allow flexibility to suit the training needs

Time                     Activity

08:30-09:00      Registration   – Sign-in

09:00-10:30      Teaching

10:30-11:00      Coffee Break

11:00-12:30      Teaching

12:30-14:00      Lunch   Break

14:00-15:30      Teaching

15:30-16:00      Coffee   break

16:00-17:30      Teaching

**ACE and APA credit is not awarded for break and lunch times

Day 1: Orientation & Commitment, Self-Enquiry and Outing One-Self, Disguised Demands, OC Subtypes, Teasing and Alliance Ruptures

Day 2:  RO Skills Class, Managing Homework Review, Managing Maladaptive Behaviors in Class

Day 3: Treatment Targeting, Chain and Solution Analyses

Level 3

Learning Objectives

At the end of this Level 3 course, you will be able to

  1. Use self-enquiry to identify any energy you experience and ask yourself ‘What is there to learn?’
  2. List the most important topics to be covered during the Orientation and Commitment phase of the treatment
  3. Role-play the OC Self-Identification script.
  4. Differentiate between typical overcontrolled and undercontrolled suicidal behavior.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to block story telling
  6. Role-play the bio-social theory of overcontrol script.
  7. Identify valued goals for yourself and your clients
  8. Dramatize the metaphors from the key mechanism of change script.
  9. Demonstrate ‘outing yourself’ to enhance social connectedness.
  10. Role-play the pushback and don’t-hurt-me scripts from the skills manual
  11. Identify your own subtype using the OC Subtype Rating Scale.
  12. Use therapeutic teasing as a way to provide feedback to your client without getting too heavy handed about it.
  13. Role-play the alliance rupture protocol.
  14. Use self-enquiry to identify any barriers within yourself that are stopping you from having fun while delivering skills classes.
  15. Use the “Oh…My Gosh!” universal signal of openness and humorous vulnerability to lighten things up
  16. Evaluate your use of heat-on and heat-off strategies to shape clients’ behavior in class.
  17. Use the skills manual to teach your clients RO skills.
  18. Use the handouts and worksheets from the skills manual to review your clients’ homework.
  19. Apply RO strategies to re-engage a classroom that has gone quiet or is less talkative.
  20. Demonstrate how to bring the class back to a client who is not participating in ‘participating without planning’ exercises.
  21. Modify a client’s behavior from a Don’t Hurt-Me response to re-engagement with the class.
  22. Use the RO DBT protocol and principles for managing Personal Attacks in class
  23. Demonstrate how to help a client go through their homework assignment when they have not completed it before coming to class
  24. Apply the RO DBT protocol for managing requests to pass during homework review.
  25. Demonstrate the use of ‘Therapeutic Induction of Social-Responsibility’ when clients’ in-class behavior is negatively impacting the learning of others.
  26. Identify treatment targets based on the five OC themes using the eight steps for individualizing treatment targets.
  27. Identify maladaptive social signals that occur in session, and use the eight steps for in-session targeting to address these in treatment.
  28. Explain why and when you and your client should demonstrate social signals to one another.
  29. Identify the social signalling target for the chain analysis based on the diary card.
  30. Role-play conducting a chain analysis
  31. Identify coping skills for your clients to prevent future occurrences of maladaptive social-signals and to live a ‘life worth sharing’.
  32. Role-play teaching skills as solutions for maladaptive social signaling behaviors