Community Education Series: Signaling Matters: Intro to Radically Open

Community Education Series: Signaling Matters: Intro to Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (RO-DBT)


Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT) is a new evidence-based treatment for people who suffer from emotional and behavior over-control. While traditional DBT works well for clients who lack emotional control and need interventions to enhance emotional and behavioral control; others, for whom RO DBT was designed, require interventions designed to relax rigid or inflexible control. A counterintuitive idea behind the therapy is that it’s possible to have too much self-control. Self-control refers to our ability to restrain acting on our urges, emotions, and wants in favor of longer term goals. Most of the time, self-control is good, but some people can suffer from excessive self-control. For these people, inhibiting and controlling impulses and emotions has become so habitual and automatic that they have problems relaxing control when needed. This can result in overcontrolled people being overly inhibited, perfectionistic, cautious, and feeling exhausted by social interactions.

Speaker: Heidi Petracco, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

About the Speaker:

Heidi Petracco is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Radically Open DBT Senior Clinician and Trainer, intensively trained and supervised by RO-DBT treatment founder Dr. Thomas Lynch. Heidi has served in clinical and administrative positions in the community and collegiate mental health settings, she is the former Clinical Director of the University of South Florida’s Counseling Center. Heidi is the owner of Radically Open DBT Tampa, a private group practice, providing evidence-based services to clients with temperaments of over-control including Depression, Anxiety, Anorexia, Autism Spectrum and Cluster A and C Personality Disorders. She currently sits on the RO DBT International Adolescent Steering Committee working on treatment adaptations for an adolescent treatment manual.


1. Explain a new biosocial theory for disorders of overcontrol

2. Describe the four core deficits of overcontrol

3. Describe a novel treatment mechanism positing open expression = trust = social connectedness

4. Describe RO-DBT therapeutic stance and treatment structure

5. Describe how Radical Openness is designed to enhance willingness for self-inquiry and flexible responding.

Time: 2PM-3PM EST

No credits will be provided for attending this training. Our Community Education Series is open to the public and anyone interested in learning more about addiction and other mental health topics. Note: These webinars are not accredited by the NBCC and are not eligible for continuing education hours.


November 17


07:00 pm - 08:00 pm

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