How It Works

The RO DBT Blended Learning programme

The RO DBT Blended Learning programme is delivered via a combination of on-demand webinars and a series of live webinars or one 3-day in-person workshop.

The RO DBT Blended Learning programme consists of 3 levels:
Level 1: 6 On-demand webinars explaining the basics of RO DBT (8 hours / 8 CE).
Level 2: 30 On-demand webinars going into more detail about how to deliver RO DBT effectively (39.5  hours / 39.5 CE).
Level 3: Live webinars or in-person workshop teaching specific RO DBT skills (18 hours/ CE credits)

All three levels will need to be completed in succession to obtain an RO DBT Clinician Certificate. Scroll down this page for more detailed information.

For most of our courses, we offer the following group discounts:

  • 5-9 clinicians: 10%
  • 10-14 clinicians: 12.5 %
  • 15+ clinicians: 15%

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Level 1

The Level 1- Introduction to Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy course lays the foundations for becoming an RO DBT Clinician. Underlying theories supporting the treatment will be taught that are essential for understanding the treatment itself and for being able to explain the treatment to clients to gain treatment commitment. The first level of the RO DBT Blended Learning programme consists of 6 online modules:

  • 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

Each module ends with a quiz. To obtain a certificate of completion, all quizzes must be passed with 80%.

For a full list of learning objectives, please go to our Level 1 page.

Course Instructor: Dr. Thomas Lynch, RO DBT Treatment Developer

Continuing Education Hours: 8

Price: $249.99

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Level 2

Level 2 follows on from Level 1 of the RO Blended Learning program and teaches more in-depth RO DBT skills aimed at clinicians who wish to implement RO DBT into their practice. The complete Level 2 course consists of 30 on-demand webinars with almost 40 hours of teaching materials, divided into twelve parts. Each part ends with a quiz and an evaluation, which both need to be completed in order to receive a certificate of completion.

  • Part 1: Radical Openness & Self-Enquiry
  • Part 2: Effective Treatment Structuring
  • Part 3: The Key Mechanism of Change
  • Part 4: Therapeutic Use of Social Signaling
  • Part 5: Therapeutic Stance, Teasing and Silliness
  • Part 6: Skills Training in Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Part 7: Treating the Enigma Predicament
  • Part 8: Treating Secret Moral Emotions
  • Part 9: Alliance Ruptures and Repairs
  • Part 10: Dealing with Disguised Demands
  • Part 11: Effective Treatment Targeting
  • Part 12: Chain & Solution Analysis

For a full list of Learning Objectives, see

You can download the Course Syllabus here:

Special Early Launch Price: $1000

You will have indefinite access to the Level 1 and 2 materials once you have completed the course.


We also offer a Package deal for Levels 1 and 2 together ($1100): go to our Courses Overview page to see all options.

You can either pay in 4 instalments (3 months in between instalments) or you can pay the entire sum at once

Course Instructor: Dr. Thomas Lynch, RO DBT Treatment Developer (scroll down for full Bio)

Continuing Education hours: 39.5

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Level 3

Once you have completed Levels 1 and 2, you will need to attend a series of live webinars or an in-person workshop if you wish to obtain the RO DBT Clinician Certificate.

Level 3 will consist of practical exercises and role-plays to consolidate your learning from Levels 1 and 2.

The workshop will be very interactive, full audience participation is expected. For a full list of learning objectives, visit the individual event pages.

Entry Requirements and Additional Information

Target audience: Apart from a professional qualification in a mental health or related field (e.g. psychology, psychiatry, social work, mental health nursing) there are no further prerequisites for the course. Previous training in standard DBT is not a requirement for attending RO DBT training.

Content Level: Beginner (Level 1) to Intermediate (Levels 2 and 3).

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. For Level 1 you will be able to download the referenced book sections from the lesson materials if you do not (yet) own the textbook or skills manual. You will not receive excerpts from the Textbook or Skills Manual as part of the Level 2 and 3 courses. It is assumed that clinicians wishing to learn RO DBT will have purchased these books already. If you have not, you can purchase them through various book sellers, including Amazon and New Harbinger, the publisher.

Accreditation: We are accredited by the American Psychological Association and by the Approved Continuing Accreditation / Association of Social Work Boards.  ACE and APA credit is not awarded for prerequisite reading, homework, assignments, supervision, and consultation.

Conflicts of interest: We don’t receive any direct commercial support for our training companies RO DBT Online B.V. and Radically Open Ltd. 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 Radically Open Ltd and RO DBT Online B.V.

Blended Learning Testimonials

RO DBT Online: Accessible, informative, supportive, light-hearted I’m so grateful to have been able to do my RO-DBT training online! As a therapist that focuses on treating eating disorders and concurrent conditions, RO-DBT has been extremely helpful in treating my...

Joelle Anderson, MA, RP, CCC,, Kernel of Wisdom

RO DBT Online: Engaging, Comprehensive and filled with mischief 😉 The RO blended learning course is a well put together and well thought out programme. I have learnt a lot about over control and how it manifests in different individuals....

Luke, Social worker & Specialist practitioner in personality disorders