Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy – Intensive Training: Houston TX


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


Part 1: January 17 – 21 2022
Part 2: July 18-22, 2022

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

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

Registration Deadline: January 3rd, 2022. Early bird deadline: 3 December 2021

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.

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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: 3 December 2021

Click here for our booking and cancellation policy

The venue and refreshments during coffee/tea breaks will be provided by The Dialectical Behavior Therapies Center of Houston & The Center for Success and Independence.

The training venue for both parts will be at The Children’s Assessment Center, 2500 Bolsover Street, Houston, TX 77005

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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.

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 is a member of the RO-DBT US senior clinician team and is the first RO clinician in the US to become certified as a supervisor.  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.