Radically Open DBT (RO-DBT) – An Introduction


Dr. Elisabeth Bellows


Lines for Life
5100 SW Macadam Ave, Suite 400
Portland, OR 97239


Dr. Elisabeth Bellows has been in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past 23 years.  She received her training in psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School and Stanford University Medical Center.  She attended her first DBT intensive training workshop in 2002 with Marsha Linehan, PhD, Linda Dimeff, PhD, Kelly Koerner, PhD, and Katherine Comtois, PhD.  Dr. Bellows has received extensive additional training in standard DBT, including three Advanced Intensive Workshops, numerous 2-day DBT workshops, and regular weekly supervision with Jennifer Sayrs, PhD since 2006.  Dr. Bellows is the team leader for Wise Mind Group, which is comprised of five clinicians who practice adherent outpatient DBT in Redwood City, CA.  In 2014-2015, Dr. Bellows and her teammates completed the first intensive training offered in the United States for RO-DBT led by Thomas Lynch, PhD.  Dr. Bellows’ all-time favorite activity is teaching skills and their underlying therapeutic concepts to clients and clinicians, so she is looking forward to sharing her enthusiasm for RO-DBT with her Portland colleagues.


This one-day workshop will present an introductory overview of Radically-Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT), a skills-based treatment for Disorders of Over-control.  RO-DBT has been developed over the past twenty years by Thomas Lynch, PhD, currently at the University of Southampton in England.  His newly disseminated treatment uses many standard DBT techniques and principles, while also incorporating novel neurobiologically-based approaches to target the specific problems of over-controlled individuals.  Over-control is a transdiagnostic concept that includes multiple indicators of emotional inhibition and social alienation. In controlled research studies, RO-DBT is showing promise as a treatment for refractory depression, with or without co-occurring Cluster A and C personality disorders, geriatric depression, and Anorexia Nervosa.


Clinicians who are interested in finding out more about this novel approach to the treatment of over-controlled individuals.  The workshop is designed to give an introductory overview of the entire RO-DBT treatment program.  However, clinicians should expect that additional training will be required to fully master the program.  Prior knowledge and experience of standard DBT treatment is not necessary to benefit from attending this RO-DBT introduction.


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

1. Describe the trans-diagnostic concept of over-control and how this concept relates to various ICD-10 mental health conditions.

2. Outline the biosocial theory for how over-control develops.

3. Present research findings underlining the importance of social signaling and describe role social signaling plays in interpersonal relationships.

4. Describe 5 core deficits in disorders of over-control that are addressed by the RO-DBT treatment program.

5. Describe 5 new skills used in RO-DBT treatment to target one or more of the core deficits of over-controlled individuals.

6. Describe 3 stylistic strategies for therapists to use with over-controlled clients to keep them in treatment and prevent therapeutic impasses.


Participants who complete this training will earn 3 continuing education credits.

Portland DBT Institute is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NCBB requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.


Individual Registration Fee
Group Registration Fee for 5 or more
Student Registration Fee

Early Registration Discount:
For those registering 30 or more days in advance a $25 per person discount will be given.