Friday 12th until Sunday 14th April 2024

RO DBT Level 3 Blended Learning Course (Sydney)

The goal of this in-person workshop is to consolidate your learning from Levels 1 and 2, to deepen your knowledge and to practice, practice, practice!
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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 DBT Workshops portal.


A certificate of completion is available this RO DBT Workshop in the final section of this program.


All materials are copyrighted. When using the materials provided please acknowledge each author!
This workshop and all our Radically Open DBT Workshops are delivered in collaboration with Radically Open Ltd.

All Level 3 Registrations via Radically Open Ltd's website

RO DBT Level 3: Blended Learning Course

  • 18 CPD Hours
  • Consolidate Levels 1 & 2
  • Practitioner pathway
  • Skills Instructor Pathway
  • Deepen RO DBT Practice

Times & Dates

Fri 12th til Sun 14th April 2024
Venue Open: 8.15am
Program Commences: 8.30am
Program Concludes: 4.30pm

Venue: University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

15 Broadway Ultimo, NSW 2007
Building 10, Seminar Room 4 (CB10.07.104)


RO DBT Workshop

Level 3 in Sydney

RO DBT Workshop

Level 3 in Sydney

RO DBT Workshop

Level 3 in Sydney

RO DBT Workshop

The goal of this in-person workshop is to consolidate your learning from Levels 1 and 2 in Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy, to deepen your knowledge, and to practice, practice, practice!

Level 3 will cover the following topics (for a complete list of Learning Objectives, go to the Learning Objectives page):
  • Self-Enquiry
  • Orientation and Commitment
  • Disguised Demands
  • OC Subtypes
  • Teasing
  • Alliance Ruptures & Repairs
  • RO Skills Class
  • Managing Maladaptive Behavior in class
  • Targeting (RO DBT Practitioner Pathway only)
  • Chain Analysis (RO DBT Practitioner Pathway only)
  • Solution Analysis (RO DBT Practitioner Pathway only)
  • Micro-Supervision (RO DBT Practitioner Pathway only)

Entry Requirement: you must have completed Levels 1 and 2 as far as is currently available (i.e. Level 2 Part 12) before attending this workshop.

Places are limited so we will check your progress and cancel your registration if you have not met this requirement.

Registration deadline:
24 March 2024

The goal of Level 3 of the Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy Blended Learning course is to consolidate your learning from Levels 1 and 2, to deepen your knowledge and to practice, practice, practice! The workshop will be very interactive via practical exercises and role-plays so full audience participation is expected.

Content Level and Entry Requirements
: this in-person workshop is at the intermediate level; you must have completed Levels 1 and 2 of the Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy Blended Learning course.

Target Audience:
Clinicians with a professional qualification in a mental health-related field (e.g. psychology, psychiatry, social work, mental health nursing, dietitian).

RO DBT Trainer:
Dr Sophie Rushbrook

Pricing is set by Radically Open Ltd who manage all registrations. Click the link below to go to the registration portal!
  • RO DBT Practitioner Pathway $1,408
  • RO Skills Instructor Pathway: $990

Learning Objectives

Applicable to both RO DBT Practitioner Pathway as well as RO Skills Instructor Pathway
At the end of this Level 3 course, you will be able to:
  • Use self-enquiry to identify any energy you experience and ask yourself ‘What is there to learn?’
  • List the most important topics to be covered during the Orientation and Commitment phase of the treatment
  • Role-play the OC Self-Identification script.
  • Differentiate between typical overcontrolled and undercontrolled suicidal behavior.
  • Demonstrate the ability to block story telling
  • Role-play the bio-social theory of overcontrol script.
  • Identify valued goals for yourself and your clients
  • Dramatize the metaphors from the key mechanism of change script.
  • Demonstrate ‘outing yourself’ to enhance social connectedness.
  • Role-play the pushback and don’t-hurt-me scripts from the skills manual
  • Identify your own subtype using the OC Subtype Rating Scale.
  • Use therapeutic teasing as a way to provide feedback to your client without getting too heavy handed about it.
  • Role-play the alliance rupture protocol.
  • Use self-enquiry to identify any barriers within yourself that are stopping you from having fun while delivering skills classes.
  • Use the “Oh…My Gosh!” universal signal of openness and humorous vulnerability to lighten things up
  • Evaluate your use of heat-on and heat-off strategies to shape clients’ behavior in class.
  • Use the skills manual to teach your clients RO skills.
  • Use the handouts and worksheets from the skills manual to review your clients’ homework.
  • Apply RO strategies to re-engage a classroom that has gone quiet or is less talkative.
  • Demonstrate how to bring the class back to a client who is not participating in ‘participating without planning’ exercises.
  • Modify a client’s behavior from a Don’t Hurt-Me response to re-engagement with the class.
  • Use the RO DBT protocol and principles for managing Personal Attacks in class
  • Demonstrate how to help a client go through their homework assignment when they have not completed it before coming to class
  • Apply the RO DBT protocol for managing requests to pass during homework review.
  • Demonstrate the use of ‘Therapeutic Induction of Social-Responsibility’ when clients’ in-class behavior is negatively impacting the learning of others.
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Additional Learning Objectives applicable to the RO DBT Practitioner Pathway (Day 3)

At the end of this Level 3 course, you will be able to
  • Identify treatment targets based on the five OC themes using the eight steps for individualizing treatment targets.
  • Identify maladaptive social signals that occur in session, and use the eight steps for in-session targeting to address these in treatment.
  • Explain why and when you and your client should demonstrate social signals to one another.
  • Identify the social signalling target for the chain analysis based on the diary card.
  • Role-play conducting a chain analysis
  • Identify coping skills for your clients to prevent future occurrences of maladaptive social-signals and to live a ‘life worth sharing’.
  • Role-play teaching skills as solutions for maladaptive social signaling behaviors

All Level 3 Registrations via Radically Open Ltd's website

Certificate of Completion provided for all workshops

  • Who should attend?

    This workshop is suitable for mental health professionals seeking to obtain foundational knowledge of Radically Open DBT. Psychologists, Clinical Psychologists, Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers, Mental Health OTs, Psychotherapists, Counsellors and Psychiatrists have all found this workshop useful!
  • Why choose the ADBTI?

    Our approach has been formalised through our partnership and ongoing collaboration with Radically Open Ltd to deliver Radically Open DBT Training and Development program throughout Australia.

    • We have been developing clinicians in DBT since 2004
    • Over 17,000 clinicians have attended our workshops
    • Our educators still use DBT and RO DBT in their clinical practice
    • We have developed a range of DBT Informed approaches including DBT-TI, DBT-C and ACDC Skills approach
    • We have provided training throughout Australia, NZ, UK, Singapore, Thailand and South Africa
    • We are passionate educators who are passionate about supporting clinicians utilise DBT & RO DBT approaches

All Level 3 Registrations via Radically Open Ltd's website

Frequently asked questions

Can I get a discounted rate?

We have kept an eye on the Australian and international market for continuing professional development and have priced our workshops below that of many competitors. We currently do not receive government funding to deliver our workshops.

The cut off dates and prices for our workshops are non-negotiable.
  • RO DBT Practitioner Pathway $1,408
  • RO Skills Instructor Pathway: $990
  • 10% off for groups of 5 to 9 attendees
  • 12.5% off for groups of 10 to 14 attendees
  • 15% off for groups of 15 or more attendess

How do I get access to the workshop resources?

We have been delivering workshops since 2004 and have trialed a range of approaches including printing materials and providing them electronically to support all attendees’ development. To keep our prices low and avoid printing extensive resources, our service provides online access to all materials from this workshop via the DBT Workshops portal.

If not having a printout of workshop resources prior to the workshop impacts your capacity to participate in this workshop, please contact our admin team at and they will send you a pdf version of the slides (no cost). Alternately, a workshop manual can be printed by our team and sent to you at the cost of $15 (includes postage).

Do you provide lunch?

No, we do not provide lunch for participants attending our workshops and courses. We do however arrange tea, coffee, and water from the beginning of each full-day workshop until the lunch break. Some locations also offer morning tea at an affordable rate so do offer morning tea at times.

Participants are given the option of a longer lunch or to order lunch at the morning tea break from local establishments and have their meal delivered to the training room.

Can I receive a certificate of attendance?

We provide an electronic certificate to all participants of our workshops. Certificates can be downloaded from this website and if you ever need to print them again you can do so from your DBT Workshops account.

Can I claim Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Points/Hours?

Each year the Australian DBT Institute provides CPD opportunities to over 1,000 mental health professionals who claim their education with Australian DBT Institute as CPD hours. All mental health professionals attending our CPD opportunities are eligible to claim CPD hours if the course/workshop/retreat is relevant to their work as mental health or counselling professionals. There is legislation and AHPRA acknowledgement of this very statement.

To record a professional development activity towards your CPD hours, members of mental health professional and counselling bodies are required to ensure the activity is relevant to them and is consistent with the categories defined in your particular professional body’s CPD Policy.

Health practitioners registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency must undertake continuing professional development (CPD). The CPD requirements of each National Board are detailed in the Registration Standards for each profession, published on each Board’s website (see below links for AHPRA CPD Statements). For professions not registered under AHPRA, their associations have professional development requirements.

Australian DBT Institute and our affiliates no longer seek the external endorsement of mental health professionals and counselling bodies due to AHPRA’s acknowledgement that when activities are relevant to your clinical practice they do not require such endorsement. Members of all mental health professional and counselling registration bodies can still accrue CPD hours by participating in activities of the Australian DBT Institute. Your CPD activity must be determined to be relevant to your individual professional requirements. 
All AustralianDBT Institute programs have been developed by qualified mental health professionals who are currently practising in their professional area, hold post-graduate qualifications, and are peer-reviewed. If Australian DBT Institute courses are relevant to your practice as a mental health professional then our courses meet the requirements of mental health professional and counselling registration bodies as outlined by the Australian Health Practitioner legislation.

Please check with your professional leader or registered professional organisation for recommendations using the following link to AHPRA -
RO DBT Workshops in Australia are a collaboration between Radically Open Ltd and the Australian DBT Institute

Radically Open DBT Faculty

Patrick Jones - Course author

Dr. Sophie Rushbrook

RO DBT Trainer & Supervisor. Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Head of the Intensive Psychological Therapy Service at the Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
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 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 was the Clinical Site Lead at the Dorset site for the multi-centre REFRAMED trial that tested the efficacy and mechanisms of RO DBT for treatment refractory depression with comorbid overcontrolled personality disorders. She has been intensively trained and worked under supervision of the treatment developer of RO DBT (Professor Lynch) since 2011. As a clinician on the pilot site Sophie was the first clinician to see individual patients and co-facilitated the first skills class.

Dr 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.

All Level 3 Registrations via Radically Open Ltd's website