RO DBT Blended Learning Course – Level 1 and level 2 Package Deal subscription model

$250.00 Excl Sales Tax every 3 months for 12 months and a $100.00 sign-up fee

Special Launch Offer: Buy Levels 1 and 2 at the same time and only pay $100 for Level 1!

Level 1 and 2 of the Blended Learning program consist of pre-recorded webinars and quizzes that teach you the skills to start practicing RO DBT with your clients. You will get indefinite access to the courses, there is no expiry date for accessing the materials.

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Levels 1 and 2 On-Demand

What you get

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.

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 entire course consists of more than 20 on-demand webinars and quizzes that need to be completed in order to obtain a certificate of completion.

Drip-Feed Schedule: Level 2 is still under development, with five or six new on-demand webinars being released every 3 months. You will have indefinite access to the Level 1 and 2 materials once you have completed the course. PLUS FREE BONUS: 12 MONTHS SUBSCRIPTION TO RO DBT RESOURCES (the 12 month-period starts from the moment the final part is added to your account)

For a full least of Learning Objectives, scroll down.

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

Levels 1 and 2

Entry Requirements & 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 the RO DBT intensive.

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

Method of Delivery: this course consists of a series of non-interactive pre-recorded video’s. You will need to have a sufficiently strong internet connection to be able to stream these videos.

Accessibility: All videos have the option to turn on English Closed Captions. If you have any questions, need help or want to discuss accessibility issues, please contact

Knowledge Quizzes: After each module (i.e. video) you will be invited to complete a short quiz. These will be completed via your online account.  You will need to answer 80% of questions correctly in order to pass and move on to the next module. You will be able to re-take the quiz up to 3 times in order to pass.

Certificate/Letter of Completion: After completion of Level 1 (including all quizzes and the evaluation form) you will receive a certificate of completion for 8 CE hours.  Once you have completed all parts of the Level 2 course including all quizzes and evaluations, you will receive a certificate of completion stating the number of CE instructional hours. NOTE: You will not receive a certificate for each part, you will receive only one overall certificate once the entire course has been completed, estimated to be for 35-45 CE hours. 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

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. For Level 2 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.

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.

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Thomas R Lynch, PhD

Instructor Bio

Thomas R. Lynch, PhD, is Professor Emeritus in the School of Psychology at University of Southampton. He was the Director of the Duke Cognitive Behavioral Research and Treatment Program at Duke University (USA) from 1998-2007.

Dr Lynch is the treatment developer of Radically Open-Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO-DBT)—a new transdiagnostic treatment approach informed by 20+ years of clinical research. He is the author of the RO-DBT treatment manual titled “Radically Open- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Disorders of Overcontrol” as a well as the RO DBT Skills Training Manual (2018; Context Press).

Dr Lynch has been the recipient of multiple large research grants from a range of sources, including the National Institutes of Health, National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, the Hartford Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and the National Institute for Health Research. He was also the Chief Investigator of a multi- centre randomized controlled trial examining the efficacy and mechanisms of RO-DBT funded by the NIHR- Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation programme (; Lynch).

He is a recipient of the John M. Rhoades Psychotherapy Research Endowment and a Beck Institute Scholar. He is recognized internationally as a world-leading expert in difficult-to-treat disorders; such as, personality disorders, chronic depression, and anorexia nervosa and is in frequent demand as a speaker internationally—e.g., Europe, USA, and Canada.

What you will learn

Level 1

Level 1 was created/launched: October 1st, 2019. Number of instructional hours, CE credits: 8

You can download the Syllabus for Level 1 here

At the end of each module, you will be able to …

  • Module 1: RO DBT: An Evidence-Based Treatment

    • Compare and contrast disorders of overcontrol with disorders of undercontrol.

    • Evaluate the efficacy of RO DBT for clients with an overcontrolled style of coping via published peer reviewed studies.

  • Module 2: Social Bonds And Self-Control

    • Compare the differences between overcontrolled and undercontrolled bio-temperament and explain how these impact perception and emotion regulation strategies in social situations.

  • Module 3: The RO DBT Bio-Social Theory For Disorders Of Overcontrol

    • Integrate the three components of the bio-social theory for disorders of overcontrol into your case formulization of clients.

    • Communicate and teach the bio-social theory for disorders of overcontrol to your clients early on in treatment.

  • Module 4: The RO DBT Neuroregulatory Model

    • Integrate the neuroregulatory model with the bio-social theory for overcontrolled disorders and teach the neuroregulatory model to your overcontrolled clients.

    • Use body postures and facial expressions to activate neural substrates linked to social safety and reward.

    • Apply the Big Three +1 Skill to activate social safety within yourself and teach this skill to your clients whenever tension is present

  • Module 5: Assessing Overcontrol

    • Compare and assess the social signaling styles of overcontrolled and undercontrolled clients.

    • Identify common errors and assumptions when assessing overcontrol and apply this knowledge to your own assessment procedures.

    • Use the Assessing Styles of Coping Word-Pair List to assess your own and your clients’ coping style.

    • Use the OC Trait Rating scale to assess the degree of ‘OC caseness’ of overcontrolled clients.

    • Compare the differences between the two subtypes of overcontrol.

  • Module 6: Introduction To Treatment Structure And Targeting, And A Case Example

    • Describe and apply the RO DBT treatment structure to your own practice

    • Describe the RO individual treatment target hierarchy including the five OC social signaling themes

    • Apply the bio-social theory to a case example

    • Use the skills manual to select appropriate treatment interventions

What you will learn

Level 2 Part 1

Part 1 of Level 2 was created/launched: May 29, 2020. Number of instructional hours, CE credits: 6.5

You can download the Syllabus for Level 2 here

At the end of each module, you will be able to …

  • Module 7: Radical Openness

    • Use the ‘Tips for Identifying Closed-Mindedness’ to assess whether you are being closed-minded.

    • Teach the ‘Flexible-Mind DEFinitely skill to promote Radically Open living’ to your clients.

  • Module 8: Self-Enquiry And The Cultivation Of Healthy Self-Doubt

    • Apply the ‘Step by Step Protocol for Self-Enquiry In the Heat of the Moment’ during challenging or emotionally charged social interactions

    • List the three different ways in which self-enquiry can be done

  • 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

    • Use the RO DBT manual to sequence your individual treatment sessions and set up your treatment room the ‘RO DBT way’

    • Structure your individual treatment sessions during the working phase of treatment according to the RO DBT agenda template

    • Apply the ‘Preventing Treatment Dropout Protocol’ to reduce the risk of the client dropping out of treatment

  • Module10: 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 Micromimicry

    • 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.

    • 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.

What you will learn

Level 2 Part 2

Part 2 of Level 2 was created/launched: August 27, 2020. Number of instructional hours, CE credits: 6.5

At the end of each module, you will be able to …

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

    • Differentiate between several types of smiles (polite, genuine, half smile, burglar smile, closed-mouth cooperative smile), describe their functions and explain 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.

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

    • 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

  • 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

    • Assess 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

    • Use therapeutic silliness to help your overcontrolled clients identify and achieve their valued-goals

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

    • Explain the difference between therapeutic teasing and therapeutic silliness

  • Module 16: Social Signaling Style and Personality

    • Differentiate between undercontrolled and overcontrolled social signaling and their underlying motivations

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

What you will learn

Level 2 Part 3

Part 3 of Level 2 was created/launched: December 14, 2020. Number of instructional hours, CE credits: 7

At the end of each module, you will be able to …

  • Module 17: The Social Consequences of Indirect Social Signals

    • Recognize the “I am fine” phenomenon and other indirect forms of communication that overcontrolled clients frequently use and ask for clarification when these occur

    • Recognize and apply RO DBT strategies such as ‘ask don’t tell’, therapeutic teasing and heat-on heat-off when challenging overcontrolled clients

  • Module 18: The Enigma Predicament

    • Recognize the presentation of the Enigma Predicament in overcontrolled clients and target this in treatment

    • Teach overcontrolled clients how to effectively respond to praise or compliments

  • Module 19: Using Behavioral Exposure to Enhance Social Connectedness

    • Use brief informal behavioral exposure techniques to help your clients habituate to previously feared (social) cues

    • Use repeated mini-practices to help your client respond in a pro-social manner to social cues in the real world

    • Teach your clients ‘safety-on-the-go’ social signaling techniques

  • Module 20: Unmasking the Secret Moral Emotions, Part 1

    • Differentiate between shame and humiliation

    • Differentiate envy, contempt and disgust from anger

  • Module 21: Unmasking the Secret Moral Emotions, Part 2

    • Differentiate between envy, jealousy, resentment, contempt, and disgust

    • Identify micro-expressions of negative moral emotions using verbal and non-verbal cues

  • Module 22: Treatment of the Negative Moral Emotions

    • Analyze the chain of events moment-to-moment leading to the Social-Signaling Problem Behavior using the step by step protocol in Appendix 7 from the RO DBT Textbook

    • Identify solutions from the RO DBT Skills Manual that might prevent future occurrences of the problem behavior