Radically Open DBT

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.  Whereas standard DBT focuses on intra-personal issues such as emotional regulation, impulse control and distress tolerance; RO-DBT focuses on inter-personal dynamics, such as social connectiveness and social signalling.

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 (for a snap shot of this research see selected references at the bottom of this page). Further information about on the research on radically Open Therapy can be found here.

About this workshop

The aim of this Workshop is to introduce clinicians to what is RO-DBT, some of the underpinning theory, the difference between RO and standard DBT and some of the new skills underlying Radically Open-Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. The ability to inhibit competing urges, impulses, or behaviours 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 chronic depression. Using a variety of media, innovative assessment and treatment interventions 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.


Sydney 4 March 2019. North Sydney Harbourview, 17 Blue Street, North Sydney Click Here to Register
Melbourne 5 March 2019. Treacy Conference Centre, 126 The Avenue, Parkville Click Here to Register
Perth 7 March 2019. The Boulevard Centre, 99 The Boulevard, Floreat Click Here to Register

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.

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.

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)