Radically Open-Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Disorders of Overcontrol




8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Lindner Center of HOPE
Gymnasium/Conference Center
4075 Old Western Row Road
Mason, OH 45040


Registration includes:
6 Continuing Education Credits, copies of presentations and support materials, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks.Conference registration fee: $65.

Please register by: Thursday, May 24, 2018.

Pricila Gran to register at 513-536-0318 or pricila.gran@lindnercenter.org.


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.

Jimmy Portner, LISW-S, LICDC-CS, BCD
Intensive Treatment Division Director at the Columbus Ohio Veterans
Nathan D. Tomcik, PhD, ABPP
Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health and Chief Psychologist at the Columbus VA

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

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Target Audience: Psychiatrists, Primary Care Physicians, Non-psychiatric MDs, Nurse Practitioners, Social Workers, Psychologists, Registered Nurses, Mental Health Specialists and interested parties as well
This live activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Cincinnati and The Lindner Center of HOPE. The University of Cincinnati is accredited by the ACCME to provide con¬tinuing medical education for physicians.
The University of Cincinnati designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Ohio Psychological Association under approval number P099-311067501 (2010-2012) approves the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry for 6 mandatory continuing education credits for Ohio Licensed Psychologists.
Lindner Center of HOPE has been approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapist Board as an APPROVED PROVIDER (#RSX090801) for social work continuing education units and as an APPROVED PROVIDER (#RCX071001) for counselor continuing education units. This program has been approved for 6 clock hours of CEU.
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