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Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy Blended Learning Course – Level 3 (Brisbane 2023)



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!

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: 16 February 2023


Description: 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.

Level 3 will cover the following topics (for a complete list of Learning Objectives, scroll down):

  • Self-Enquiry
  • Orientation and Commitment
  • Disguised Demands
  • OC Subtypes
  • Teasing
  • Alliance Ruptures & Repairs
  • RO Skills Class
  • Managing Maladaptive Behavior in class
  • Targeting
  • Chain Analysis
  • Solution Analysis
  • Micro-Supervision


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).


Learning Objectives

At the end of this Level 3 course, you will be able to

  1. Use self-enquiry to identify any energy you experience and ask yourself ‘What is there to learn?’
  2. List the most important topics to be covered during the Orientation and Commitment phase of the treatment
  3. Role-play the OC Self-Identification script.
  4. Differentiate between typical overcontrolled and undercontrolled suicidal behavior.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to block story telling
  6. Role-play the bio-social theory of overcontrol script.
  7. Identify valued goals for yourself and your clients
  8. Dramatize the metaphors from the key mechanism of change script.
  9. Demonstrate ‘outing yourself’ to enhance social connectedness.
  10. Role-play the pushback and don’t-hurt-me scripts from the skills manual
  11. Identify your own subtype using the OC Subtype Rating Scale.
  12. Use therapeutic teasing as a way to provide feedback to your client without getting too heavy handed about it.
  13. Role-play the alliance rupture protocol.
  14. Use self-enquiry to identify any barriers within yourself that are stopping you from having fun while delivering skills classes.
  15. Use the “Oh…My Gosh!” universal signal of openness and humorous vulnerability to lighten things up
  16. Evaluate your use of heat-on and heat-off strategies to shape clients’ behavior in class.
  17. Use the skills manual to teach your clients RO skills.
  18. Use the handouts and worksheets from the skills manual to review your clients’ homework.
  19. Apply RO strategies to re-engage a classroom that has gone quiet or is less talkative.
  20. Demonstrate how to bring the class back to a client who is not participating in ‘participating without planning’ exercises.
  21. Modify a client’s behavior from a Don’t Hurt-Me response to re-engagement with the class.
  22. Use the RO DBT protocol and principles for managing Personal Attacks in class
  23. Demonstrate how to help a client go through their homework assignment when they have not completed it before coming to class
  24. Apply the RO DBT protocol for managing requests to pass during homework review.
  25. Demonstrate the use of ‘Therapeutic Induction of Social-Responsibility’ when clients’ in-class behavior is negatively impacting the learning of others.
  26. Identify treatment targets based on the five OC themes using the eight steps for individualizing treatment targets.
  27. Identify maladaptive social signals that occur in session, and use the eight steps for in-session targeting to address these in treatment.
  28. Explain why and when you and your client should demonstrate social signals to one another.
  29. Identify the social signalling target for the chain analysis based on the diary card.
  30. Role-play conducting a chain analysis
  31. Identify coping skills for your clients to prevent future occurrences of maladaptive social-signals and to live a ‘life worth sharing’.
  32. Role-play teaching skills as solutions for maladaptive social signaling behaviors


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


Method of Delivery: this is a 3-day in-person workshop. Full participation is expected, including role-plays, self-enquiry practices and demonstrations. You are expected to attend all three days from start to finish.


Workshop Schedule (Times are indicative, please allow flexibility to suit the training needs)

Time                     Activity

08:30-09:00      Registration   – Sign-in

09:00-10:30      Teaching

10:30-11:00      Coffee Break

11:00-12:30      Teaching

12:30-14:00      Lunch   Break

14:00-15:30      Teaching

15:30-16:00      Coffee   break

16:00-17:30      Teaching

  • Day 1: Orientation & Commitment, Self-Enquiry and Outing One-Self, Disguised Demands, OC Subtypes, Teasing and Alliance Ruptures
  • Day 2:  RO Skills Class, Managing Homework Review, Managing Maladaptive Behaviors in Class
  • Day 3: Treatment Targeting, Chain and Solution Analyses


Accessibility: If you have any questions, need help or want to discuss accessibility issues, please contact


Frequently Asked Questions

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 price is in AUD excluding GST

    • Level 3 Workshop $1,280.00 + $128 GST = $1,408

    Included: workshop access and training materials; lunch coffee, tea, and refreshments; CE certificate in case of full attendance of all three days from start to finish.

    Not included: travel, and accommodation. 

    Group Discounts are available:

    • 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 attendees

    The group discount will automatically be applied if you register all attendees using the same registration form.


We have been delivering workshops since 1999 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 our CMHE Academy website.

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).

We usually 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.

For the 2023 Radically Open CPD workshops in Singapore & Brisbane, lunch will be provided to all participants to reduce travel time to local eateries. Please ensure you have advised our team of any allergies or dietary needs!

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

Each year the Centre for Mental Health Education provides CPD opportunities to over 1,000 mental health professionals who claim their education with CMHE 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.

Centre for Mental Health Education (CMHE) 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 Centre for Mental Health Education. Your CPD activity must be determined to be relevant to your individual professional requirements. 

All CMHE 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 CMHE 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.

AHPRA CPD Statements

Non-government Associations & Professional Bodies CPD Statements

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