Radically Open Ltd Workshop Matertials

Radically Open DBT for Disorders of Overcontrol

Participants will be given access to a range of materials following their attendance at the RO-DBT one day workshop. 2023 Workshop locations include Singapore, Brisbane and Melbourne. 
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Radically Open DBT

An evidence based approach developed by Dr. Thomas Lynch from the USA.

Ongoing Access

Participants of this course have ongoing access to all materials provided through this CMHE Academy portal.


A certificate of completion is available on CMHE Academy in the final section of this program.


All materials are copyrighted. When using the materials provided please acknowledge each author!

RO DBT Introduction

RO DBT Introduction

RO DBT Introduction

RO DBT Introduction

RO DBT Introduction

RO DBT Introduction

Self-control, the ability to inhibit competing urges, impulses, or behaviors is highly valued by most societies. However, excessive self-control has been linked to social isolation, aloof interpersonal functioning, maladaptive perfectionism, constricted emotional expressions, and difficult-to-treat mental health problems, such as anorexia nervosa, obsessive compulsive personality disorder and refractory depression.

Based on 30 years of research, 11 published clinical trials including two NIMH-funded Randomized Controlled Trials (RCT) and one multi-site RCT for refractory depression, and several open trials for anorexia nervosa and autism spectrum disorders, the aim of this workshop is to introduce clinicians to the theoretical foundations, treatment strategies and new skills underlying Radically Open-Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT) for disorders of overcontrol (Lynch, 2018 ).

Whilst sharing behavioral and dialectic roots with DBT, the therapeutic strategies in RO-DBT are substantially different.  For example, RO DBT contends that emotional loneliness represents the core problem for overcontrol, not emotion dysregulation. The biosocial theory for overcontrol posits that temperamental biases for heightened threat sensitivity and diminished reward sensitivity transact with early family experiences to result in an overcontrolled coping style leading to social ostracism – secondary to low openness and social signalling deficit. A novel thesis linking the communicative functions of emotional expression to the formation of close social bonds will be introduced, as well as new clinical skills linking treatment targeting to social signalling deficits. New approaches designed to activate a neurobiological-based social-safety system, signal cooperation, and encourage genuine self-disclosure will be introduced using slides, handouts, video clips, and role plays.

Learning Objectives. Upon completion of this one-day training, participants will be able to:
  • Explain a new biosocial theory for OC
  • Describe the RO-DBT treatment structure
  • Describe new RO-DBT treatment strategies designed to enhance willingness for self-inquiry and flexible responding.
  • Describe a novel treatment mechanism positing open expression = trust = social connectedness
  • Describe the RO-DBT treatment hierarchy
  •  List examples of strategies designed to improve pro-social cooperative signaling via activation of the parasympathetic nervous system’s social-safety system
Radically Open Ltd Workshop Materials

Radically Open DBT for Disorders of Overcontrol

Radically Open Ltd in partnership with the Australian DBT Institute

Webinar Faculty

Dr. Sophie Rushbrook

Head of the Intensive Psychological Therapy Service in Dorset.

Dr 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 who are, or have been, suicidal and/or self harming. This service has been given a Beacon status in the UK since 2001. An award provided to services that make a significant difference to modernising the NHS. Dr Rushbrook also has a private company and carries a clinical and supervisory caseload, from around the world.
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 Sophie Rushbrook was one of the first clinicians to be endorsed as a supervisor and trainer and has been supervising RO-DBT therapists since 2015. She has delivered a number of intensive trainings, including with Professor Tom Lynch.
Program Developed by

Radically Open Ltd

Radically Open Ltd specialises in in-person and online training for mental health professionals wanting to develop Radically Open DBT services for patients with severe and difficult-to-treat mental health problems.

The Radically Open Approach

RO DBT is an evidence based treatment, supported by 30+ years of clinical research, targeting a spectrum of disorders characterised by excessive self control, often referred to as overcontrol.

Online and Face-to-Face learning

Radically Open Ltd delivers a range professional development courses in Radically Open Ltd online and in person in partnership with the Australian DBT Institute in the Asia Pacific region!
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