Radically Open DBT - Karyn Hall, PhD

  • 13 Dec 2019
  • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • The Menninger Clinic - 12301 Main Street, Houston, TX 77035
  • 9


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Radically Open-Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT) is a transdiagnostic treatment designed to address a spectrum of difficult-to-treat disorders sharing similar phenotypic and genotypic features associated with maladaptive over-control—such as anorexia nervosa, chronic depression, and obsessive compulsive personality disorder.

Over-control has been linked to social isolation, aloof and distant relationships, cognitive rigidity, highly detailed focused processing, risk aversion, strong needs for structure, inhibited emotional expression, and hyper-perfectionism.

While resting on the dialectical underpinnings of standard DBT, the therapeutic strategies, core skills, and theoretical perspectives in RO-DBT often substantially differ. For example, RO-DBT contends that emotional loneliness secondary to low openness and social-signaling deficits represents the core problem of over-control, not emotion dysregulation.

RO-DBT also significantly differs from other treatment approaches, most notably by linking the communicative functions of emotional expression to the formation of close social bonds and via skills targeting social-signaling and changing neurophysiological arousal. 

At the conclusion of this live presentation, participants should be able to:

    1. Explain a new bio-social 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

      $125.00 Professional Rate

      $75.00 Student Rate

      Forms of payment accepted are Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. Registration will be finalized with receipt of payment. Payments must be made at the time of registration.

      No checks or cash will be accepted at the door.

      Registration is limited to 60 attendees. Continental breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided for all paid attendees.

       Continuing Education Credits

      6.5 contact/credit/clock hours have been designated by The Menninger Clinic for the following disciplines:



      Registered Nurses

      Social Workers

      Licensed Professional Counselors

      Addictions Professionals

      Certificates of attendance will be awarded for participants in disciplines other than listed above.

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