February 22, 2019
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.
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 (Lynch, in press). RO DBT is fully manualized and supported by three randomized controlled trials (RCTs) for refractory depression, two open-trials targeting adult Anorexia Nervosa, and one non-randomized trial targeting treatment resistant overcontrolled adults.
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, and encourage genuine self-disclosure will be introduced using slides, handouts, video clips, and role plays.
Lori Prado began her training in DBT with BehavioralTech while still in graduate school at Loyola College in Maryland, where she received an M.S. in Pastoral Counseling. She has completed her Intensive Training and Advanced Intensive Training in DBT as well as received training in trauma work with Marsha Linehan, PhD. Lori also completed her Intensive Training with Tom Lynch, PhD in RO DBT and is a Senior Clinician. She has received training from Carolyn Becker, PhD in body image, PTSD, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Lori is a former co-chair for the DBT special interest group at the Academy for Eating Disorders. She is also an active member of the Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies, where she has been on the Program Selection Committee from 2015-2017.
Lori has presented at the local, national, and international level on topics related to Eating Disorder Prevention, Wise Mind Eating, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Radically Open DBT, and Parenting.
Hope Arnold is the Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RODBT) lead at the DBT Center of Houston. She has master’s degrees in social work from the University of Houston and psychology from Saybrook University with a concentration in Jungian studies. In her private practice, Hope focuses on disorders of over-control including chronic depression, chronic anxiety, eating disorders, and personality disorders. Hope has been Intensively Trained by Tom Lynch, phD in RO DBT and is a Senior Clinician.
9:30-10:30 The problem of too much self control
8:30-9:30 RO-DBT – an empirically based treatmet
10:30-12:00 The neuroregulatory model and bio-social theory
12:00-1:00 Lunch Break
1:00-2:00 Signalling matters and Radical Openness
3:00-4:00 Treatment Structure, overview of RO skills and an ex of targeting OC maladaptive behavior
Participants will be able to:
1. Explain a new biosocial theory for OCParticipants will be able to:
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. Identify bio-temperamental traits linked to OC
To register for this live Workshop please visit: HERE