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Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Disorders of Overcontrol (1 Day)

Attend this workshop to begin your understanding and application of Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in either Singapore, Brisbane or Melbourne!

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:

 

  1. Explain a new biosocial theory for OC
  2. Describe the RO-DBT treatment structure
  3. Describe new RO-DBT treatment strategies designed to enhance willingness for self-inquiry and flexible responding.
  4. Describe the RO-DBT treatment hierarchy
  5. Describe a novel treatment mechanism positing open expression = trust = social connectedness
  6. List examples of strategies designed to improve pro-social cooperative signaling via activation of the parasympathetic nervous system’s social-safety system

 

Workshop Schedule

  • 8.30 am – 8.45am: Registration
  • 8.45 am – 9.45 am: Overview of RO-DBT – an empirically based treatment
  • 9.45 am – 10.45 am: The problem of too much self-control
  • 10.45 am – 11.00 am: Morning Tea Break
  • 11.05 am – 12.30 pm: The neuroregulatory  model and bio-social theory
  • 12.30 pm – 1.15pm: Lunch Break
  • 1.15 pm – 2.15 pm: Signalling matters and Radical Openness
  • 2.15 pm – 3.15 pm: Assessing overcontrol
  • 3.15 pm – 3.30 pm: Afternoon Tea Break
  • 3.30 pm – 4.30 pm: Treatment Structure, overview of RO skills and an example of targeting OC maladaptive behavior

 

 

 

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 most cost-effective way to register for one of our workshops is to do so early. The dates and prices for our workshops are non-negotiable. Student places and groups of 5 or more are only offered at the early bird rate until two weeks before each workshop.

  • Pre-2023 Early Bird Registration $284 incl. GST (25% Discount)
  • Early Registrations $330 incl. GST (13% discount until 2 weeks before the workshop)
  • Last-Minute Registrations $379 incl. GST (Full price within 2 weeks of the workshop)

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 admin@dbtinstitute.com.au 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