LIVE WEBINAR: An Introduction To Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT) For Disorders Of Over-Control (May 5th, 2021)

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This 3 hour live webinar aimed at mental health practitioners who are not yet familiar with RO DBT gives an overview of the treatment, defines and explores the concept of Radical Openness, explains the principles of treatment targeting and identifies which population might benefit from RO DBT.

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Registration Deadline: May 4th, 2021

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Intended Audience & Aims: This 3 hour live webinar gives mental health practitioners who are not yet familiar with RO DBT a theoretical overview of the treatment. The training objective for clinicians attending this webinar is to be able to make an informed decision on whether RO DBT is suitable for their clients and whether they want to proceed to more advanced training that teaches how to put RO DBT into practice. This is not a training which teaches RO skills and techniques.

Content Level: Intermediate – it is assumed that you have a professional qualification in the mental health field (e.g. psychology, social work).

Brief summary of RO DBT: Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT) is a treatment for patients who suffer from emotional and behavioral over-control. Some clients lack emotional control and need interventions designed to enhance emotional and behavioral control; others, for whom RO DBT is designed, require interventions designed to relax rigid or inflexible control. RO DBT has been researched over the past 25 years for patients with chronic depression or anorexia nervosa. Research results suggest that it is effective in these, and other, hard-to-treat groups such as Autism Spectrum Disorders and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder.

Please note: This is a 3 hour introductory training – the comprehensive implementation trainings comprise approximately 40-50 hours of blended learning (a combination of online and in person training) or 70 hours of intensive in person training offered as 2 x 5 full day trainings, with approximately 6 months between each 5 days. More details of both can be found here:

Learning Objectives. After attending this webinar, you will be able to:

  1. Define the problem of overcontrol according to the four core deficits and the biosocial theory for overcontrol
  2. Describe what Radical Openness is (and is not)
  3. Describe the RO-DBT treatment hierarchy and modes of treatment
  4. Make an informed decision on whether or not RO DBT might be a suitable treatment for my clients

Live Webinar Schedule, May 5th, 2021 (times are US Central Time):

12.00-1.15 pm Live Teaching

1.15-1.30 pm Question and Answer opportunity

1.30-1.45 pm BREAK

1.45-3.00 pm Live Teaching

3.00-3.15 pm Question and Answer opportunity

Trainers: Hope Arnold, LCSW, MA & Lori Prado, LMHC, LPC-S, CEDS (scroll down for full bio’s)

Prerequisites: 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.

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

Method of Delivery: this is an interactive live webinar delivered via Zoom. You will need to have a sufficiently strong internet connection to be able to attend, see Zoom System Requirements. You will be able to submit questions in advance via the online pre-webinar survey we will send to you as well as during the webinar itself via the Question pod in Zoom. Due to time constraints it may not be possible to answer all questions but the trainers will do their best to answer those questions that are likely to be relevant to the majority of attendees.

Accessibility: The webinar will have live captions which can be turned on or off by the viewers.

CE Hours: 3


After the webinar you will be invited to complete a short quiz and CE evaluation form. These will be completed via your online account.  You will receive a certificate of completion listing 3 CE hours if you answer 75% of the quiz questions correctly. You will be able to re-take the quiz up to 3 times in order to pass.

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Instructor Bio's

Hope Arnold, LCSW, MA is a Supervisor and one-day Trainer in Radically Open DBT (RO DBT). She began her RO DBT training with Dr. Tom Lynch, treatment developer, in 2016. Hope continues to attend intensive trainings throughout the country and receives regular supervision from Dr. Tom Lynch and Dr. Sophie Rushbrook with the Senior Clinician team. Hope is involved in computer app development for Radically Open, Ltd organization.  She also writes a blog for PsychCentral on RO DBT topics called Radical Hope.

In her clinical work, Hope is the founder of RO DBT Denver in Denver, Colorado, a center dedicated

to evidence-based care and treating disorders of overcontrol. She specializes in personality disorders (Obsessive Compulsive PD, Paranoid PD, Dependent PD, Avoidant PD), eating disorders, female autism, and treatment-resistant disorders (depression and anxiety).

Prior to opening RO DBT Denver, Hope was in private practice at the DBT Center of Houston and was the RO DBT Lead Clinician.  She led a team of six clinicians intensively trained in RO DBT and supervised the team member’s skill development. Hope completed her Intensive Training in DBT and Prolonged Exposure Therapy through Behavioral Tech.  Hope is also trained in Jungian Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Cognitive Processing Therapy.

Hope graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans with a BBA in marketing. She worked for two of the largest private financial and consulting firms in the world before transitioning to being a clinician.  She has master’s degrees in social work from the University of Houston and psychology from Saybrook University with a concentration in Jungian studies.

Hope has presented at the local, national, and international level on topics related to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Radically Open DBT, and Jungian Analysis and Theory.

Lori Prado, LMHC, LPC-S, CEDS, is a Senior Clinician and one day Trainer in Radically Open DBT (RO DBT). She began her training with Dr. Tom Lynch, developer of RO DBT, in 2015. Since that time, Lori has continued to attend intensive trainings and receive supervision from Dr. Tom Lynch with the Senior Clinician team. Lori is also involved in research, teaming up with Dr. Karyn Hall, Dr. Kirsten Gilbert, and Dr. Carla Sharp to research the biosocial theory of RO DBT. Lori is currently the lead of the app development committee for RO DBT.

In her clinical work, Lori is founder, president and senior clinician at the Center for Dialectical and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CDCBT) in San Antonio, TX, a center dedicated to evidence-based care. She specializes in personality disorders, eating disorders, and treatment-resistant disorders. Prior to opening CDCBT, Lori developed and served as program director for the Family Centered DBT Program at Eating Disorder Center at San Antonio (EDCASA), now ERC San Antonio. She also developed the body image curriculum used by EDCASA between 2012-2016. Lori, along with Tere Rivera, RD, FAED and Kay Watt, LPC-S, CEDS, developed Wise Mind Eating protocol that is used at ERC and has been presented internationally.

Lori graduated from Loyola College in Maryland with a M.S. in Pastoral Counseling. She has completed her Intensive Training and Advanced Intensive Training in DBT as well as received training in trauma work with Marsha Linehan, PhD. She has received training from Carolyn Becker, PhD in body image, PTSD, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Lori is a former co-chair for the DBT special interest group at the Academy for Eating Disorders. She is also an active member of the Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies, where she has been on the Program Selection Committee from 2015-present.
Lori has presented at the local, national, and international level on topics related to Eating Disorder Prevention, Wise Mind Eating, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Radically Open DBT, and Parenting.