SOLD OUT – Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Classes for Clinicians: Lessons 1 to 6 and 30

$420.00 Excl Sales Tax

Registration Deadline: March 24, 2022

SOLD OUT: this class is now full, but you can register for the next series starting in June or September; you don’t have to start with Lesson 1 as far as we are concerned. We view this as an ‘open’ class system, whereby you can start with any of the four lesson series we offer.

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How it Works

Each 2-hour class will consist of:

  • Homework review: we will limit this to 30 minutes rather than the recommended hour for ‘real’ classes. All participants are expected to have completed all homework (with the exception of week 1): one or two participants will be asked to share it in full with the class, while for others it may be reviewed in a more condensed manner.
  • Skills teaching: approximately 60 minutes, depending on teaching materials. All participants are expected to engage with the class. There will be no discussion around teaching methods during the class itself.
  • Pedagogical Teaching: 30 minutes. Any questions you have about teaching methods, principles or styles can be asked during this final part of the lesson.

Each course ends with an integration week (aka Lesson 30). This class will differ slightly from a regular integration week in that it will consist of homework review from the previous week, one exercise from the integration week material, with remaining time devoted to pedagogical teaching.

You attend the RO Skills Class as yourself (don’t play a client!) and are expected to be an active participant, which includes completing all required homework.

You are expected to attend all skills classes within each course: your certificate of attendance will be based on attending all classes of the course in full.

Aims and Learning Objectives


Aim: The primary aim will be to learn and practice the skills in real life so you can use these effectively with your clients in individual therapy and RO skills classes. The secondary aim is to learn how to teach classes by watching how they are taught by experienced RO clinicians, with the final half hour reserved for pedagogy discussion.

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

  1. Use the RO DBT Skills manual to teach RO skills to your clients by ‘following the recipe’.
  2. Discriminate between Required, Recommended, and Optional Mindfulness Practices, Teaching Points, Discussion Points, Class Exercises and Fun Facts, and judge when and how to use these.
  3. Plan the materials needed for your own RO Skills Classes with your clients.
  4. Formulate homework assignments for your clients.
  5. Use Flexible Mind DEFinitely and the three steps needed for radically open living: (1) acknowledge the presence of an unwanted private experience, (2) practice self-enquiry by turning toward the discomfort in order to learn, and (3) flexibly respond by doing what’s needed in the
  6. Explain the RO DBT Neuroregulatory Model of Emotions to your clients using stories and metaphors.
  7. Use facial muscles and body gestures to active our brain’s social safety system.
  8. Use Loving Kindness meditation as a mood induction to activate our brain’s social safety system.
  9. Use Flexible Mind VARIEs skills to try new things.
  10. Identify any myths you carry about emotions and then use self-enquiry to learn from it rather than assuming a myth is wrong, bad, or dysfunctional.

Content Level : this live interactive webinar is at the intermediate level. 

Entry Requirements: participants MUST have

  1. read the RO DBT Textbook and Skills Training Manual AND
  2. have at least started Level 2 of the Blended Learning program or have completed Part 1 of the Intensive Training.

Target Audience: mental health professionals (e.g. psychology, psychiatry, social work, mental health nursing) who are familiar with RO DBT, see above.

Trainers: Kristen Fritsinger, MSW, LICSW and Neil Howell, LMFT

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.

Method of Delivery: this is a live interactive webinar series delivered via Zoom. You will need to have a sufficiently strong internet connection to be able to attend, see Zoom System Requirements. 

Zoom & Account Link: You will receive your personal link to the Zoom meetings via email one week before the first meeting starts. You will receive a separate email with information on how to access your online account where you will be able complete the evaluation and download your certificate at the end of the course.

Accessibility: If you have any questions, need help or want to discuss accessibility issues, please contact

Live Webinar Dates and Schedule

Live RO Skills Class Dates

All classes are on Friday from 10am to 12 noon US Central Time.

  1. March 25
  2. April 1
  3. April 8
  4. April 22 (skips a week because of Good Friday on April 15th)
  5. April 29
  6. May 6
  7. May 13

Live Skills Class Schedule (All times are US Central Time):

10.00-10.30 am Homework Review

10.30-11.30 am Skills Class Teaching

11.30-12.00 noon Pedagogical Teaching

14 CE credits


You will receive a certificate of completion listing 14 CE credits provided you are logged in to the meetings on Zoom by the time the training starts, attend each class and complete the final evaluation form via your online account. ACE and APA credit is not awarded for homework or break times.

You will have one week after the final skills class has taken place to complete the evaluation form and receive your certificate, which can be downloaded from your online account once you have completed the evaluation form and your attendance has been verified by an administrator.

NOTE: if you want your professional license number to be added to your certificate, please add this to your Bio on your online profile page or send your license number to

Terms and Conditions

Refund, Cancellation and Grievances

This is a live interactive webinar series; you are expected to attend in-person, it is not possible to view recordings at a later date and be awarded credit for this. If you are unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances after you have already purchased a ticket, we will issue a coupon code of the same value for attendance at a next, similar live event series.

Please see our Terms and Conditions 


Kristen Fritsinger, MSW, LICSW, is a licensed independent clinical social worker in private practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Her graduate training emphasized clinical social work, primarily mental health.  She spent 12 years working with adults who have serious and persistent mental illness, with a range of diagnoses.  In 2004, she joined and became a partner at DBT Associates, which was one of the first outpatient standard DBT clinics in Minnesota.  It was the first outpatient clinic in Minnesota providing RO-DBT.  She has been extensively trained in standard DBT since 2006.

She provides individual DBT therapy to adolescents and adults, as well as co-facilitates a DBT skills group.  Since 2015, she has completed several 10-day RO-DBT Intensive Workshops.  She provides individual RO-DBT therapy to adolescents and adults, in addition to co-facilitating a RO-DBT skills training class for adults and a class for adolescents.

She was among the original members of the RO-DBT US Senior Clinician team and was the first RO-DBT clinician in the US to become a certified supervisor.  Kristen is one of the RO-DBT intensive trainers.  She also is on the RO international leadership committee exploring RO treatment adaptations for adolescents. She has a passion for RO-DBT.

Her other loves include: running with her golden retriever, watching her son play hockey, rock climbing with her daughter, and chilling out with her spouse.

Neil Howell, LMFT, is a licensed independent marriage and family therapist in private practice in San Francisco, California.  His graduate training emphasized clinical paths to mental health in family and couples systems.  Post graduate work emphasized evidence-based treatments for OCD, mood disorders, suicidality and bereavement. He has been in private practice since 2018.

He provides individual RO DBT therapy to adults, as well as co-facilitating two RO-DBT skills classes.  Since 2018, he has completed two 10-day RO-DBT Intensive Workshops.  He is a member of the RO-DBT US senior clinician team.

His other loves include: biking, hiking, yoga, and travel.