Radically Open DBT Workshop

Upcoming Workshops

Please contact us for information about our upcoming workshops for Radically Open DBT.

About this workshop

Using a variety of media, innovative assessment and treatment interventions the therapy will be explained including

  1. How to assess for over-control
  2. Targeting social signaling as the key mechanism of change
  3. How to describe the treatment structure
  4. Teaching new skills for clients to overcome these difficulties.

About Radically Open- DBT (RO-DBT)

Radical Open Dialectic Behaviour Therapy evolved from DBT specifically to assist those clients with over control issues. Whereas, standard DBT was designed for clients who struggle with under control, such as those who meet criteria for borderline personality disorder, the target population for RO-DBT are individuals with over control issues such as chronic depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, avoidant personality disorder, or anorexia nervosa.

Many societies highly value self-control, i.e., the ability to inhibit impulses, urges and behaviours. However, excessive self-control has been linked to problems such as social isolation, aloof and distant interpersonal personal relationships and maladaptive perfectionism. Radical Open Dialectic Behaviour Therapy was developed specifically to assist clients with these issues. RO DBT understands the core problem as emotional loneliness brought about by the over controlled coping style. RO DBT conceptualises difficulties arising form a biological sensitivity to threat and low sensitivity to reward. This transacts with an environment where mistakes are intolerable and control is imperative. In RO DBT clients learn to activate their neurobiological-based social-safety system and develop skills in being open to feedback, flexible responding, signalling cooperation and increasing social connection. There is accumulating evidence that RO DBT is effective for anorexia nervosa and chronic depression and there are several research trials underway to assess its effectiveness with other disorders.

Further information about on the research on radically Open Therapy can be found here.

About the Presenter

Dr. Maggie Stanton is a consultant clinical psychologist and was Clinical Lead Investigator for Hampshire in the RO-DBT randomised control trial (RCT). In addition to her lead role in the research team, Maggie is an established international presenter in RO-DBT. She has delivered RO-DBT training with the treatment developer, Professor Tom Lynch and has supervised teams in UK, Europe and USA in implementing the approach. Maggie is a Senior Trainer for the DBT training team in UK & Ireland and a Director of the UK and Ireland Society for DBT.

Maggie is also an honorary lecturer at Bangor University and a mentor on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Southampton. She is an accredited practitioner with the BABCP. After 35 years of experience in the National Health Service managing a large Psychological Therapy Service and carrying out clinical work, Maggie now focuses on consultancy, training and supervision internationally and in the UK. She has authored several publications including two books on Mindfulness, the latest: Using Mindfulness Skills in Everyday Life: A practical guide was published by Routledge in 2017.


EARLYBIRD Fee $295 up to 3 weeks before workshop date, STANDARD Fee $355 applies after that. $100 discount for Full Time students.Contact us with proof of Full Time status to receive the discount code BEFORE registering.

Selected references

  • Chen, Eunice Y., Segal, Kay, Weissman, J., Zeffiro, Thomas A., Gallop, R., Linehan, Marsha M., Bohus, Martin, Lynch, Thomas R. (2014). Adapting dialectical behavior therapy for outpatient adult anorexia nervosa—A pilot study. International Journal of Eating Disorders, Article first published online: 27 OCT 2014 (doi: 10.1002/eat.22360).
  • Hempel, R.J., Vanderbleek, E., Lynch, T.R. (2018). Radically Open DBT: Targeting Emotional Loneliness in Anorexia Nervosa. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention,26(1), 92-104.
  • Lynch, T.R., Hempel, R.J., Dunkley, C. (2015). Radically Open-Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Disorders of Over-Control: Signaling Matters. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 69(2),141-162.
  • Lynch, T.R., Whalley, B., Hempel, R.J., Byford, S., Clarke, P., Clarke, S., Kingdon, D. , O’Mahen, H., Russell, I. T., Shearer, J., Stanton, M., Swales, M., Watkins, A. and Remington, B. (2015). Refractory depression – Mechanisms and Evaluation of radically open Dialectical behaviour therapy (RO-DBT) [REFRAMED]: protocol for randomised trial. BMJ Open5, doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008857
  • Lynch TR, Morse JQ, Mendelson T, Robins CJ. Dialectical behavior therapy for depressed older adults: A randomized pilot study (2003). American J of Geriatric Psychiatry, 11(1), 33–45.

Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Theory and Practice for Treating Disorders of Overcontrol By Thomas Lynch. New Harbinger (2018)