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


Estimated watch time: 55 mins 
Available credits: none
Speaker: Heidi Petracco, MSW, LCSW

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.


  • Explain a new biosocial theory for disorders of overcontrol
  • Describe the four core deficits of overcontrol
  • Describe a novel treatment mechanism positing open expression = trust = social connectedness
  • Describe RO-DBT therapeutic stance and treatment structure
  • Describe how Radical Openness is designed to enhance willingness for self-inquiry and flexible responding.

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.

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