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RO DBT Blended Learning Course – Level 1

$249.99 Excl Sales Tax

Level 1 of the Blended Learning program consist of pre-recorded webinars and quizzes that teach you the basics of RO DBT.

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Group Discounts 5 - 9 10%
Group Discounts 10 - 14 12.5%
Group Discounts 15 + 15%

Level 1 On-Demand

What you get

This 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.

For a full least of Learning Objectives, scroll down.

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


Level 1 On-Demand

Additional Information

Target Audience and Entry Requirements: 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.

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.

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.

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

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 be able to download the referenced book sections from the lesson materials if you do not (yet) own the textbook or skills manual.

Certificate/Letter of Completion: Once you have completed the Level 1 course, you will receive a certificate of completion stating the number of CE instructional hours.

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

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