Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT) One-Day Overview Training

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017
8:30 am-4:00 pm

Presented by Jimmy Portner, LISW-S. LICDC-CS, BCD and Nate Tomcik, PhD

Up to 6.5 CEs for Social Workers, Counselors and Psychologists*

RO-DBT is a new treatment that targets over-controlled behavior. It has been used to treat some of the rigid responses and emotional inhibition thought to underlie many treatment-resistant conditions. Used with patients who have a diagnosis of Chronic Depression, Treatment-Resistant Anxiety Disorders, Anorexia Nervosa, Avoidant, Paranoid and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorders and Autistic Spectrum  Disorders.

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 19 years of research, two NIMH funded randomized controlled trials (RCTs) with refractory depression, an open-trial with adult anorexia nervosa, and a large ongoing multi-site RCT (http://www.reframed.org.uk) the aim of this workshop is to introduce clinicians to the theoretical foundations and new skills underlying Radically Open-Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT) for disorders of overcontrol (treatment manual pending; Guilford Press).  

While resting on many of the core principles of standard DBT, the therapeutic strategies in RO-DBT are often 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 heightened threat sensitivity and diminished reward sensitivity transact with early family experiences emphasizing “mistakes as intolerable” and “self-control as imperative” to result in an overcontrolled coping style that limits opportunities to learn new skills and exploit positive social reinforcers. A novel thesis linking the communicative functions of emotional expression to the formation of close social bonds will be introduced, as well as new skills emphasizing receptivity, self-enquiry and flexible responding. New approaches designed to activate a neurobiological-based social-safety system, signal cooperation, encourage genuine self-disclosure, practice loving-kindness, and change unhelpful envy/bitterness will be introduced using slides, handouts, video clips, and role plays


$125 Social Workers/Counselors; $145 Psychologists
Groups of 6 or more, $99 each
Dietitians, students, non-CEU, $99
Lunch on own.

Continuing education

6.5 CEs for counselors, social workers and psychologists for full attendance.

If you are outside of Ohio, consult with your board to see if they will accept CEs from these Ohio boards or if you can petition to have the training hours accepted by their board. We do not guarantee acceptance by any boards other than Ohio Psychological Association and Ohio Social Worker, Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist Board.

The Center for Balanced Living is an Ohio Psychological Association-Mandatory Continuing Education approved Provider, # 311720581. 
The Center for Balanced Living is an Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & Marriage and Family Therapist Board approved Continuing Education Provider, #RCS110301 approved for Counselors and Social Workers.

Training 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

About the speakers

Jimmy Portner, LISW-S, LICDC-CS, BCD

Jimmy is the Intensive Treatment Division Director at the Columbus Ohio Veterans Administration. He specializes in the training, implementation and clinical supervision of the following Evidence Based Practices (EBP); Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment (IDDT), Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

Jimmy is a certified introductory trainer for the emerging EBP, Radically Open-DBT. He has been practicing RO-DBT since 2014.

Jimmy serves as an adjunct professor for the OSU College of Social Work where he received both his Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Social Work.

Nate Tomcik, Ph.D.

Dr. Tomcik is a certified introductory trainer for Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy and is the Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health at the Columbus VA. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2005 and completed his postdoctoral work in community mental health, specializing in dual diagnosis treatment of adults and adolescents in underserved communities.

He has been working within the VA to promote person centered and recovery oriented mental health care for the last 10 years. His primary research and clinical interests involve the dissemination of evidence based behavioral health treatment in integrated service delivery systems.