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An Introduction to Radically Open DBT (RO-DBT)

The following workshop will be held at St. Cloud University. It is free for MAMFT members!  The cost for non-members is $150. Earn 7 CEUs! (There will be an hour break for lunch on your own.)

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Workshop Description:

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.
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. Using slides, handouts, video clips, and role-plays, new assessment and treatment interventions will be taught including 1) diagnosing over-control 2) targeting social signaling as the key mechanism of change 3) teaching therapists how to recognize and treat “disguised demands” – common indirect OC social signaling behaviors.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Explain a new biosocial theory for Over-Control
  • Describe the RO-DBT treatment structure
  • Describe new RO-DBT treatment strategies designed to enhance willingness for self-inquiry and flexible responding
  • Describe the RO-DBT treatment hierarchy
  • Describe a novel treatment mechanism positing open expression = trust = social connectedness
  • List examples of strategies designed to improve pro-social cooperative signaling via activation of the parasympathetic nervous system’s social-safety system

Presenter Bios:

Chris Kvidera, MSW, LICSW is a 1988 graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Social Work. Her graduate training was a clinical track emphasizing Health and Mental Health. She is co-owner of DBT Associates, LLP which for the past 20 years has provided comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and recently began providing Radically Open DBT (RO-DBT). She has also provided professional trainings for mental health providers in the DBT Model across the United States. In 2013 she was introduced to the RO-DBT Treatment Model and attended the first USA RO-DBT Intensive Training in the spring of 2014. She is now providing Introductory Workshops in RO-DBT.

Anne Gresham, RN, CNS is a 1983 graduate of the University of Minnesota Graduate School of Nursing. Her training focused on clinical psychiatric and mental health nursing as well as education. Her experience includes extensive work with family sexual abuse, sex offenders, trauma disorders, and both standard Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT). She has been instrumental in developing DBT Associates LLP and in assisting other programs in their development of DBT related services. Anne is also an administrator for Dr. Thomas Lynch, developer of RO-DBT and his organization, Radically Open, LTD.

Kristen Fritsinger, MSW, LICSW is a 2000 graduate of the College of St. Catherine/University of St. Thomas School of Social Work. Her graduate training emphasized clinical social work, primarily mental health. She spent numerous years working with adults who had serious and persistent mental illness, with a range of diagnoses. Kristen joined DBT Associates LLP in 2004 and completed the 10-day DBT Intensive Workshop with a team from DBT Associates LLP in 2006. She provides both standard DBT therapy and RO-DBT services to adolescents and adults. She attended her first Intensive RO-DBT training in the spring of 2015. She is the first US RO-DBT Supervisor and provides introductory training to mental health professionals in RO-DBT.

Refund Policy: 

Requests must be made in writing. Refunds will be given on requests received 10 days prior to the training event. A 20% administrative fee per person will be deducted from all cancellations. No refunds will be given if received less than 10 days prior to the event, but registrants can transfer their registration to another person.

Date & Location

Mon April 23, 8:30am - 4:30pm

St. Cloud University (building location TBD)
720 4th Ave S
St Cloud, MN 56301

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Mon April 23, 8:30am - 4:30pm

Presenter(s): Chris Kvidera; Anne Gresham; Kristen Fritsinger