RO-DBT CEU Workshop for therapists, counselors, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists

Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (RO-DBT): The State-of-the-Art Treatment for Overcontrolled Clients - 5 CEUs

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When & Where:

  • Date: Friday, November 3, 2023
  • Time: 10:30am - 4:30pm Eastern Time
  • CE Hours Included: 5 Core (please see below for more details)
  • Location: Live Interactive Webinar ("Synchronous") on Zoom
  • Investment: $120 before Friday, October 20th at 5:00pm Eastern Time, $135 after
  • Presented by: Tara Arnold, Ph.D., LCSW (see bio below)
  • Workshop Recording: A recording of this workshop is available to review for 60 days after the presentation. However, participants must attend live to receive the "Synchronous" CE Certificate.
  • Instruction Level: Intermediate
  • Target Audience: Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Psychotherapists, Other Mental Health Professionals

Educational Objectives:

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Describe Radically Open DBT (RO-DBT)
  • Compare and contract radical openness with over-control and discuss ways to help clients learn to be flexible and tolerate the feeling of vulnerability to create “a life worth sharing.”
  • Discuss self-enquiry and how to help clients find their 'edge' (aka their personal unknown) to pursue growth.
  • Review the RO DBT diary card
  • Define key RO DBT skills to help clients in recovery from Anxiety, Depression, Autism Spectrum Disorder, OCD, Anorexia, and more.

Workshop Description:

Over-control is often one of the hardest dynamics to treat in mental health recovery. The rigidity, perfectionism, or extreme anxiety that plague our clients can block important aspects of their deepest work. In the messy world of intimacy and relationships, clients must learn to be flexible and tolerate the feeling of vulnerability to create “a life worth sharing.” To this end, we will explore RO-DBT and the skills and methods used in the treatment to help decrease the burden of control that is preventing them from making the progress in life that they seek. RO DBT helps to illuminate the suffering and loneliness experienced by so many of our clients despite them working so hard in life.

In recent years, especially in the pandemic and post-pandemic phases, there was so much loss, and many people were afraid to leave home and remained isolated, stressed, and afraid. By virtue of this unfortunate circumstance, people turned to food, alcohol, avoidance, and over-control for soothing, comfort, connection, attachment, and nurturance, making them feel even further away from their most intimate personal connections. Helping people feel reconnected to their tribes is a huge tenet of RO-DBT that we, as clinicians, can be empowered to utilize to help heal the emotional loneliness so many people face. RO DBT helps clients decrease the over-controlled behaviors that keep them isolated. RO DBT also helps decrease self-judgment, the judgment of others, perfectionism, depression, anxiety, obsessions, and rigidity, all found in our clients' hardest-to-treat aspects.

Join us for this state-of-the-art, evidenced-based treatment for teenagers and adults who cope with their emotions by exercising excessive self-control.

Presented by: Tara Arnold, Ph.D., LCSW

Tara Arnold, PhD, LCSW, CEDS-S is the clinical director and co-founder of WholeHeart Psychotherapy, a practice specializing in healing relationships with food, sex, and body. Dr. Arnold is intensively trained in DBT and a renowned speaker in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and has presented nationally educating clinicians on DBT techniques since 1999. In her practice at WholeHeart Psychotherapy in Atlanta, Dr. Arnold conducts individual therapy and group therapy in body image, DBT, interpersonal dynamics, and healing eating disorders.

Agenda (Eastern Time):

  • 10:00am - 10:30am | Sign-In and Welcome
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm | Session
  • 12:00pm - 12:10pm | Break
  • 12:10pm - 1:25pm | Session
  • 1:25pm - 2:05pm | Lunch Break
  • 2:05pm - 3:05pm | Session
  • 3:05pm - 3:15pm | Break
  • 3:15pm - 4:30pm | Session
  • 4:30pm | Continuing Education Certificates Available

5 Core CE Clock Hours Included - Details by License Type Below:

  • PSYCHOLOGISTS: The Knowledge Tree (TKT) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. TKT maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For more detailed information on the current CE ruling in Georgia, or if you are licensed in another state or country, please click here.
  • COUNSELORS: The Knowledge Tree has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP), ACEP No. 7153. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Knowledge Tree is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
    • Counselors licensed in Georgia: Although approval through the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA-GA) is not required for CE credit since all our courses are NBCC-approved, this workshop is approved for 5 core CE hours through LPCA-GA, approval #2023-09-05-653LW.
    • Counselors licensed in another state: Please click here for more detailed information.
    • Counselors Licensed in Canada: This workshop is approved for 5 credit hours through the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), event code 64964707.
  • SOCIAL WORKERS: This workshop is approved for 5 core CE hours through the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work (GSCSW), approval #091623. If you are licensed in another state or country, please click here for more detailed information.
  • MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS: This workshop is approved for 5 core CE hours through the Georgia Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (GAMFT), approval #152-2023. If you are licensed in another state or country, please click here for more detailed information.

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We are an approved vendor for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for easy reimbursement of educational expenses for VA employees.

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