Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT) is a new evidence-based treatment for people who suffer from emotional and behavior over-control. While traditional DBT works well for clients who lack emotional control and need interventions to enhance emotional and behavioral control; others, for whom RO DBT was designed, require interventions designed to relax rigid or inflexible control.
A counterintuitive idea behind the therapy is that it’s possible to have too much self-control. Self-control refers to our ability to restrain acting on our urges, emotions, and wants in favor of longer-term goals. Most of the time, self-control is good, but some people can suffer from excessive self-control. For these people, inhibiting and controlling impulses and emotions has become so habitual and automatic that they have problems relaxing control when needed. This can result in overcontrolled people being overly inhibited, perfectionistic, cautious, and feeling exhausted by social interactions.
RO DBT has been researched over the past 20 years for people with chronic depression or anorexia nervosa. Research results suggest that it is effective in these, and other, treatment-resistant groups such as Autism Spectrum Disorders and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder.
In this 2-hour continuing education webinar for therapists and clinicians, Heidi Petracco, MSW, LCSW will examine disorders of overcontrol, review RO-DBT and its treatment structure, and explain Radical Openness.
This introductory continuing education webinar is designed to help mental health professionals:
Statement of program material’s accuracy, utility, and risks: This program presents clinical and scientific information about temperaments of over-control and Radically Open DBT that are an accumulation of over 20 years of research by treatment developer Dr. Thomas Lynch. This workshop is intended for mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, etc.) and students in training to be mental health professionals who are interested in learning how to help their overcontrolled clients. No prior training in DBT or RO-DBT is necessary. The instructional level for this event will be similar to a post-graduate level lecture class. This program discusses strategies for applying the concepts taught in a clinically responsible manner, although the presenter may not know how to apply all principles discussed to every situation or person. A body of research surveyed in the program suggests that the methods are effective and safe. As always, however, misapplication of the concepts with various populations could lead to unintended outcomes.
Declaration of any conflict of interest: There are no conflicts of interest involving the presenter.
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Heidi Petracco is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Radically Open DBT Senior Clinician and Trainer, intensively trained and supervised by RO-DBT treatment founder Dr. Thomas Lynch. Heidi has served in clinical and administrative positions in the community and collegiate mental health settings, she is the former Clinical Director of the University of South Florida’s Counseling Center.
Heidi is the owner of Radically Open DBT Tampa, a private group practice, providing evidence-based services to clients with temperaments of over-control including Depression, Anxiety, Anorexia, Autism, and Cluster A and C Personality Disorders. She currently sits on the RO DBT International Adolescent Steering Committee working on treatment adaptations for an adolescent treatment manual.