Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Classes for Clinicians: Lessons 17 to 22 and 30

$420.00 Excl Sales Tax

This 7 x 2-hours live interactive webinar series is aimed at clinicians who are familiar with RO DBT and want to learn and practice the RO skills in real life, while also learning how to teach RO DBT Skills Classes to their clients.

Note: only individual places can be bought for this course.

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.

Registration Deadline: August 26, 2022

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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 ROCKs ON to enhance interpersonal kindness, effectiveness, and
  6. Use Flexible Mind PROVEs skills to assert your needs with an open mind and maximize
  7. Apply the seven levels of Validation to your own life and experiences.
  8. Use the Intimacy Thermometer from Lesson 20 to teach clients that people vary in the level of intimacy they desire.
  9. Use the Flexible-Mind ALLOWS skill to enhance social connectedness.
  10. Use the Match + 1 skill to establish new or improve existing relationships.
  11. Use Flexible Mind ADOPTS and the Steps for Evaluating Feedback to facilitate learning from corrective feedback.

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: Michelle Gormley, RMN and Kristi Colwell, MA, LMHC

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 support@radicallyopen.net

Live Webinar Dates and Schedule

Live RO Skills Class Dates

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

  1. September 2
  2. September 9
  3. September 16
  4. September 23
  5. September 30
  6. October 7
  7. October 14

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 support@radicallyopen.net.

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 


Michelle Gormley, RMN, is a Psychological Therapist and the RO-DBT Team Lead at the Intensive Psychological Therapy Service where she works with and is supervised by Dr Sophie Rushbrook. This is a tertiary service for adults with severe and complex difficulties in the community who are, or have been, suicidal and/or self-harming.

She was one of the clinicians at the Dorset site for the multi-centre REFRAMED trial that tested the efficacy and mechanisms of RO DBT for treatment refractory depression with comorbid overcontrolled personality disorders. She received training in RO DBT and supervision from the treatment developer of RO DBT (Professor Lynch) and is a member of the RO-DBT Senior Clinicians Team.

Michelle is an accredited practitioner with BTech in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and trained in DBT with Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT). She is also a practitioner in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Michelle worked as a Clinical Specialist, for over 20 years, within the NHS Community Addiction Services providing therapy, supervision, service development and training before moving to work in the Intensive Psychological Therapy Service in 2012.

Michelle has presented at local and national level on topics related to Pregnancy and Substance Misuse, DBT and RO DBT.

 Kristi Colwell, MA, LMHC has worked in the mental health field since 1991 in hospital, school, private practice and clinic settings. She is a Past President of the Puget Sound Chapter of The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp), and, in addition to her Seattle based private practice, is a member of Dr. Thomas Lynch’s RO-DBT Senior Clinician Team and an approved trainer, providing full day introductory trainings for clinicians.

She was among the first group of US clinicians intensively trained in RO-DBT. Additional training has included Advanced Study in Gottman Method couples therapy, family focused treatments for eating disorders, FBT, and cognitive behavioral approaches.

She has designed and co-led groups within school settings, worked as part of the core interdisciplinary team in a hospital based eating disorders treatment program, and, most recently, served as RO-DBT Program Consultant and skills class co-lead at a local partial hospitalization program.

Kristi’s practice serves adolescents and adults, providing individual, couple and family therapy. RO-DBT treatment and skills classes are offered as well. Areas of specialty include the full spectrum of eating disorders, mood disorders, difficult transitions and marital/relationship concerns.