Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy – Intensive Training: Atlanta (GA)


This event has been cancelled due to COVID restrictions that prevent us from delivering an effective training.


Part 1: Oct 31-Nov 4, 2022
Part 2: March 13-17, 2023

It is possible to pay the training in full up front or via a payment plan. Please select ‘Payment plan’ for additional details.

If you want to apply for the student/disability/senior citizen rate of $2000 please email proof of student, disability or senior citizen status to

If you are ordering for a group of people, please make sure to email individual names and email addresses to

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Price: Early bird rate: $3000 – for more detailed prices and discounts please see below ‘Prices and Training Venue.

Registration Deadline: October 22nd, 2022. Early bird expiry date: September 9, 2022

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.

Method of Delivery & Content Level: Our intensive training is a two-part program consisting of 2 x 5-day in-person workshops (i.e., part 1 and part 2) with six months in between, during which you can put your skills learned in part 1 into practice. During the training we use role-plays, live demonstrations and videos to deepen your learning.

  1. Part 1 of this program is delivered at the introductory/beginner level: no previous knowledge of RO DBT is required. The focus of Part 1 is on the theoretical foundations and basic principles of RO DBT including radical openness, as well as treatment structure, targeting, alliance ruptures and repairs and chain and solution analyses.
  2. Part 2 of this program is delivered at the intermediate level: the training will build on knowledge from Part 1. Following a brief overview of basic information, the focus of Part 2 is on how to become a more proficient RO DBT therapist. This involves practicing and deepening your own self-enquiry practice, recognizing your own perceptual biases, chain analysis, targeting, and skills.

Typically, the training will open for registration on the Monday morning at 8.30am with training starting at 9.30am and ending at 5.00pm. Training for the rest of the week will be from 9am – 5pm, with the exception of Friday, when we anticipate training will end at approximately 4.30pm. We will break for coffee/tea in the morning and afternoon and for lunch an hour each day.

For a full list of learning objectives and an example of a typical training schedule, please click here.

Pre-course reading: Delegates are required to read the RO DBT Textbook and Skills Manual prior to the course.

RO DBT Resources: you will receive 12 months of free access to our online RO DBT Resources. An invitation with your login details will be sent to you 6 weeks before the start of part 1.

Course overview: This intensive training provides a strong foundation in the theory and practice of RO DBT including:

  • A transdiagnostic approach to treatment
  • The neuroregulatory model
  • The bio-social theory for overcontrol
  • Treatment strategies for activation of the PNS social safety system
  • The importance of pro-social co-operative signalling – strategies and skills
  • Assessing overcontrol
  • Treatment structure
  • Radical Openness and self enquiry
  • Strategies for maintaining the OC client in therapy
  • Individualising treatment targets
  • RO states of mind
  • RO skills
  • Treating envy and bitterness
  • Role play and case studies
  • Micro-analytic supervision

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

Refund, Cancellation and Grievances

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Certificates of Completion

You will receive a certificate of completion for 31.5 CE hours after each part of the training, provided you have attended all 5 days of each training week; no exceptions will be made, no partial credits. The certificate can be downloaded from your online account after completion of the online evaluation form. (ACE and APA credit is not awarded for prerequisite reading, homework, assignments, supervision, and consultation).

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

Prices & Training Venue

Prices are for the complete 10 day intensive workshop (2 x 5 days).

  • Base price $4000
  • Early bird rate (45 days before event): $3000
  • Student, Disability or Senior Citizen rate: $2000 (we will require proof of disability status, senior citizenship or current studentship; applies to both full- and part-time students who do not yet have their practitioner licence)
  • 10% discount per person for group booking (min 5)

The textbook, skills manual, lunch & overnight accommodation are not included in the price.

Early bird expiry date: September 9, 2022

Click here for our booking and cancellation policy

The venue and refreshments during coffee/tea breaks will be provided by Hillside, Inc. Atlanta. 

The exact venue will be announced nearer the time, but it will be in Atlanta.


Trainer Bio's

Nicole Little, PhD, is a registered clinical counsellor in British Columbia (#7412, B.C.A.C.C.). She is a senior RO-DBT trainer and supervisor and regular RO DBT blog contributor and is currently co-authoring a RO-DBT workbook. In addition to working in provincial mental health as an eating disorders therapist, she maintains a private practice where she focuses on treating anxiety and depression. Nicole has been featured as an outstanding clinician for youth in Insights Magazine in regard to her work with sexual and gender identity diversity. In 2014 she received the inaugural Vance Peavey Award for Counselling Excellence and has been the recipient of the prestigious Social Sciences and Humanties Council of Canada scholarship (2006).  Nicole was a much loved instructor in post-secondary for many years but now dedicates her teaching energy to RO-DBT. When not counselling or teaching, she spends her time volunteering in the realm of pet therapy or pretending she knows what is growing in her garden.

Dr Sophie Rushbrook is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who is the Head of the Intensive Psychological Therapy Service in Dorset. This is a tertiary service for adults with severe and complex difficulties in the community. The majority of patients have histories of chronic trauma, abuse and/or neglect and reach diagnosis for an average of 3 Personality Disorders. This service has been nominated for Beacon status in the UK, and it is one of the leading centres for PD in the country. She is trained to adherence in standard Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Cognitive Analytic Therapy. She is also trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion Focussed Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing and Prolonged Exposure -DBT.

In nearly twenty years working of mental health clinical work Sophie has seen clients with a broad spectrum of difficulties specialising in working with those who have complex and hard to treat problems. She has supervised and managed a range of mental health practitioners, has been involved in clinical research and has presented her work in the UK, Europe and the U.S.A.

Dr Rushbrook is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and a member of the British Psychological Society. She is an accredited practitioner with the Association of Cognitive Analytic therapy and registered with the Health Professions Council.