***LATEST NEWS: Part 2 of Level 2 is available now!!***

Special Early Launch Price: $1000

How it works:
  • You will pay in 4 installments of $250 (3 months in between installments).
  • Every 3 months you will get access to 5 or 6 brand new, hot off the press, on-demand webinars all taught by Dr. Thomas Lynch!
  • FREE Bonus: 12 months access to our RO DBT Resources course with lots of useful downloads and role-plays

Part 1 and Part 2 of Level 2 are available now!

Level 2 On-Demand Topics

Level 2 of the RO DBT Blended Learning programme is currently being developed, and will cover the following topics:

  • 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
  • Therapeutic Silliness
  • Alliance Ruptures
  • Behavioral Principles
  • Managing Pushbacks and Don’t Hurt Me’s
  • Treatment Targeting
  • Chain & Solution Analysis
  • RO DBT Skills Training
  • And more….

Scroll down this page for a full list of currently available on-demand webinars and their learning objectives.

Level 2 On-Demand

Entry Requirements & Additional information

Entry Requirements: You must have successfully completed Level 1 of the RO DBT Blended Learning program and have obtained a certificate of completion.

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. 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.

Certificate/Letter of Completion: Once you have completed all four parts of the Level 2 course, you will receive a certificate of completion stating the number of CE instructional hours.

Accreditation: We are in the process of applying for accreditation for this course from the American Psychological Association.

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 the RO DBT intensive.

Conflicts of interest: We don’t receive any direct commercial support for our training companies Radically Open Ltd and Radically Open Blended Learning. 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.

Level 2 On-Demand Part 1

What you will Learn

Number of instructional hours (CEUs): 6.5

  • Module 7: Radical Openness

    • Identify closed-mindedness in yourself

    • Apply the Flexible-Mind DEFinitely skill to promote Radically Open living to yourself and teach it to your clients

  • Module 8: Self-Enquiry and the Cultivation of Healthy Self-Doubt

    • Apply self-enquiry to your own personal life

    • Explain self-enquiry to your clients

  • Module 9: RO DBT Effective Treatment Structuring

    • Use the RO DBT scripts to orient your client to the treatment and ensure your client is committed to starting treatment

    • Maximize client engagement by sequencing your individual treatment sessions and setting up your treatment room the ‘RO DBT way’

    • Improve the structure and efficiency of your individual sessions during the working phase of treatment by effectively setting the agenda

    • Reduce the risk of the client dropping out of treatment

  • Module 10: The Key Mechanism of Change

    • Select the correct metaphor (story) of the key mechanism of change script depending on your client’s social signaling style

    • Communicate and teach the key mechanism of change to your clients early on in treatment

  • Module 11: Therapeutic Use of Micro-mimicry

    • 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.

    • Take advantage of proprioceptive feedback and the mirror neuron system to activate social safety in yourself and your client using gestures, postures and facial expressions that universally signal openness, non-dominance and friendly intentions, for example eyebrow wags.

Level 2 On-Demand Part 2

What you will Learn

Number of instructional hours (CEUs): 6.5

  • Module 12: Therapeutic Use of Pro-Social Cooperative Signaling

    • Differentiate several types of smiles (polite, genuine, half smile, burglar smile, closed-mouth cooperative smile), understand their functions and in which contexts they can be adaptive or maladaptive.

    • Teach your OC clients how to genuinely smile using a closed-mouth cooperative smile even when they are feeling uptight, by taking advantage of the bi-directional nature of our neuroregulatory system.

    • Recognize and describe the differences in the functions, facial expressions, and associated emotions between disgust and contempt.

    • Be more aware of how your expressions, eye contact and behaviors, including prolonged eye contact or expressions of concerns, impact your clients

    • Prevent, identify and treat ‘deer in the headlight’ (flat, unresponsive) that may occur in overcontrolled clients when there’s tension in the room

    • Use your body posture, eye contact, and gestures to signal friendly intentions and take the heat off the client when there’s tension in the room, and to signal non-dominance when challenging a client or asking a difficult question to prevent the client from disengaging from you

  • Module 13: Therapeutic Stance and Therapeutic Teasing

    • Apply the RO therapeutic stance of ‘tribal ambassador’ and practice kindness first and foremost

    • Explain how teasing and gossip differ when it comes to providing corrective feedback about blind spots

    • Tell the difference between a friendly and a not-so friendly poke or tease

  • Module 14: Therapeutic Teasing Part 2: Moving from Theory to Practice

    • Use therapeutic teasing to provide corrective feedback or challenge a client in a friendly, kind manner

    • Judge when to use therapeutic teasing and when to use compassionate gravity when challenging a client.

    • Explain the difference between a tease, and a joke, a niggle, sarcasm, validation, confronting, and feedback.

  • Module 15: Therapeutic Silliness

    • Apply therapeutic silliness to help your overcontrolled clients achieve their valued-goals and feel less helpless by showing them what it viscerally feels like to be part of a tribe

    • Use participating without planning mindfulness practices during skills classes to help your overcontrolled clients learn how to chill-out and join-in with others

    • Understand and explain the difference between therapeutic teasing and therapeutic silliness

  • Module 16: Social Signaling Style and Personality

    • Describe the difference between undercontrolled and overcontrolled social signaling

    • Understand the underlying motivations of undercontrolled and overcontrolled clients’ behavior

    • Use politeness and discretion tactics as ways to kindly turn your client’s attention to potentially difficult topics without ‘rubbing their nose in it’

    • Recognize the difference between polite and genuine smiles

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 more restrictive, controlled clients – especially those with concurrent anxiety, depression and/or OCD. When things locked down over the COVID-19 pandemic, I was so concerned I would not be able to continue with my RO-DBT training. When I found out there was an online option available, I was SO relieved. The online trainings were really easy to do from home, brought to life the concepts from the texts, and help me better understand how to apply the protocols. The online format made the experience really accessible too – so I am able to start using the treatment ASAP, something that was really important to me. I was nervous that the online training just wouldn’t be the same as in-person options and, while I only did online training so I can’t compare, I am certainly not walking away feeling I have missed out on anything!

I definitely recommend the online trainings, they are an accessible way to get the content and really bring the learning down to it’s roots/basics without over-complicating things. I am so glad they exist!

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

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

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

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


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.

The entire Learning programme

The RO DBT Blended Learning programme

The RO DBT Blended Learning programme is the equivalent of the RO DBT Intensive Training course, but delivered via on-demand webinars and 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.
Level 2: 20+ On-demand webinars going into more detail about how to deliver RO DBT effectively.
Level 3: Live webinars or in-person workshop teaching specific RO DBT skills

All three levels will need to be completed in succession to obtain an RO DBT Clinician Certificate.