A Brief Introduction to Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy - Psychology

A Brief Introduction to Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy
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People struggling with maladaptive perfectionism, loneliness, social anxiety and restrictive eating disorders suffer greatly - and may often be described as ‘treatment resistant’. RO DBT is an evidence-based treatment which has been shown in clinical trials to help with these problems.

This 90-minute live webinar gives mental health practitioners (e.g. psychology, psychiatry, social work, mental health nursing) who are not yet familiar with RO DBT an overview of the treatment and the clinical population it is designed to treat. There will also be time for questions.

The aim is for clinicians to be able to make a more informed decision after attending this webinar on whether or not RO DBT is suitable for their clients and whether they want to learn how to practice RO DBT.

Learning Objectives.

After attending this webinar, you will be able to:

  • List the four core deficits of overcontrol
  • Describe what Radical Openness is
  • Evaluate whether RO DBT might be a suitable treatment for your clients

Intended Audience & Content Level: Apart from a professional qualification in a mental health or related field (e.g. psychology, psychiatry, social work, mental health nursing) there are no further prerequisites for the webinar. This webinar is at the introductory/beginner level: no previous knowledge of RO DBT or standard DBT is required.

Brief summary of RO DBT: Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT) is a treatment for patients who suffer from emotional and behavioral over-control. Some clients lack emotional control and need interventions designed to enhance emotional and behavioral control; others, for whom RO DBT is designed, require interventions designed to relax rigid or inflexible control. RO DBT has been researched over the past 25 years for patients with chronic depression or anorexia nervosa. Research results suggest that it is effective in these, and other, hard-to-treat groups such as Autism Spectrum Disorders and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder.

Please note: This is a 90-minute introductory webinar – the comprehensive RO DBT implementation trainings comprise 52-64 hours of blended learning (online and in-person training courses). More details can be found on our website.

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 live interactive webinar delivered via Zoom. You will need to have a sufficiently strong internet connection to be able to attend, see Zoom System Requirements.

Zoom & Account Link: You will receive your personal link to the dedicated Attendee Hub from where you can access the Zoom meeting one week before the webinar starts. You will be able to download the handouts and complete the evaluation from the Attendee Hub.

Accessibility: This webinar will be delivered in English. Simultaneous translation will be available in 25+ languages (see 'Languages' page for more details). If you have any questions, need help or want to discuss accessibility issues, please contact [email protected]

Providers Terms



The following Group Discounts are available:

  • 10% off for groups of 5 to 9
  • 12.5% off for groups of 10 to 14
  • 15% off for groups of 15 or more

Refund, Cancellation and Grievances

This is a live interactive webinar. Please only register if you can attend live. A recording will not be made available via this registration.

If you are unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances after you have already purchased a ticket, we will issue a refund minus a 2.95% administration fee if cancelled one week before the event start date.

After that date, no refunds will be issued but we may issue a coupon code of the same value for attendance at a next, similar live event.

Regular Attendee$6Closed


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Contact Hours:

1.5 hrs


Thu, 18 May 2023

Start Time:

5:00 PM


Evening Session


Live Interactive Webinar


English (With Simultaneous Translation)



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Sophie Rushbrook

D.Clin.Psy Consultant Clinical Psychologist Intensive Psychological Therapy Service

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 in modernising the NHS.

Dr. Sophie Rushbrook also has a private company and carries a clinical and supervisory caseload, from around the world.

In over twenty-five years of mental health clinical work, Sophie has seen clients with a broad spectrum of difficulties including eating disorders, OCD, PTSD, treatment-resistant depression, and anxiety. She has extensive experience dealing with suicidal behavior with overcontrolled and under controlled clients.

Dr. Sophie Rushbrook was the Clinical Site Lead at the Dorset site for the multi-center REFRAMED trial that tested the efficacy and mechanisms of RO DBT for the treatment of refractory depression with comorbid overcontrolled personality disorders. She has been intensively trained and worked under the 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. 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.

Dr. Sophie Rushbrook is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and a member of the British Psychological Society. She is an accredited practitioner with the Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy, an accredited practitioner with B.Tech in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, an accredited practitioner with EMDRIA Europe, and registered with the Health Professions Council. 

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