Austin Group Psychotherapy Society

Spring Workshop: Radically Open DBT and Disorders of Overcontrol

  • Saturday, May 29, 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Online Event


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Presenter: Rachel Burgreen, LCSW-S

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Event Description:

Do you work with clients who:

  • Are high achieving?
  • Are feeling stuck or frozen due to anxiety or perfectionism?
  • Find it hard to connect or be spontaneous?
  • Think that things must be done in a certain way and that people should behave correctly?
  • Don’t advance in therapy due to inflexibility and therapy interfering behavior?

These are just some of the issues that describe someone who might benefit from Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RODBT).

RODBT is an evidence-based treatment that targets disorders of overcontrol such as chronic treatment-resistant depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, and anorexia nervosa. While DBT treats disorders of undercontrol and focuses on more external behaviors, RODBT treats rigid behavior and thought patterns and often helps with less obvious, but equally problematic, behaviors. RODBT has been found to be helpful for individuals who are experiencing significant difficulty with emotional expression and connection, isolation, avoidance, all or nothing thinking, perfectionism, and harsh self-judgments. 

Workshop Objectives:

The participant will be able to:

1. Understand the difference between DBT and RODBT.

2. Identify key questions to help assess for overcontrolled characteristics.

3. Understand the importance of social signaling.

3 CEUs available for Social Workers, LPCs, LMFTs

About the presenter:

Rachel is a licensed clinical social worker with 10 years of experience working with clients in Texas. Her career has consisted of facilitating DBT and RODBT intensive outpatient groups, as well as working with couples, individuals, and groups in her private practice. Rachel established the first RODBT intensive outpatient program in Austin and spent four years facilitating RODBT IOP groups and training interns and colleagues in RODBT. She owns one of the first two practices in Austin offering weekly RODBT skills classes and individual RODBT. In addition to being intensively trained in RODBT, Rachel has attended DBT training and is level 2 trained in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Rachel enjoys working with clients who have anxiety disorders, eating disorders, treatment-resistant depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder. She is passionate about helping individuals and couples learn to improve communication, connection, and flexibility.

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