• Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT)


Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT)

FEBRUARY 3, 2021 | 9:00 am – 12:15 pm

Approved for 3 Continuing Education Hours

Level of Course | 100 Introduction

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. RO-DBT contends that emotional loneliness represents the core problem for overcontrol, not emotion dysregulation. RO-DBT targets social signaling deficits with the overall goal to help individuals connect with at least one other individual in a deep and meaningful way.


  1. Identify the key mechanism of change for RO-DBT.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the target population for RO-DBT.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the three components of psychological health.

Presented By:

Jimmy Portner, LISW-S, LICDC-CS

Director, Intensive Treatment Division at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Mr. Portner is the Director of the Intensive Treatment Division for the VA Central Ohio Healthcare System. This division specializes in the provision of evidence-based practices for Veterans with severe mental health conditions and substance use disorders. He also serves as a subject matter expert for the National Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) program.

Nate Tomcik, PhD, ABPP

Director, Outpatient Behavioral Health/ Chief Psychologist U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Dr. Tomcik is a certified introductory trainer for Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy and is the Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health at the Columbus VA. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2005 and completed his postdoctoral work in community mental health, specializing in dual diagnosis treatment of adults and adolescents in underserved communities.

Evaluations will be distributed within 24 hours. Evaluation must be completed to receive CE credits. Certificates will be available to download once the once the evaluation is received.

This training is approved for CE social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists in the state of Ohio. This training is approved for counselors and specialists in domain C2 and S1.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. You may request an accommodation or inquire about accessibility as part of the Zoom registration.

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Sponsored by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

The Ohio State University, College of Social Work is an approved provider for the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist (CSWMFT) Board. Provider Number: RCST111747

The Ohio State University College of Social Work is an approved provider for The Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. Provider Number: 50-24068.