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RO-DBT: A New Approach for patients who suffer from emotional or behavioral over-control

May 09, 2017
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
6 CEU/clock hours
Location: The Blackwell Inn and Conference Center


Radically-Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT) is an evidence–based, transdiagnostic treatment that is now practiced in the UK, Europe, and North America. It is increasingly recognized as effective for patients who exhibit emotional or behavioral over-control by observing three core components of emotional well-being: openness, flexibility and communication.

This introductory workshop for social workers, counselors, therapist, psychiatrist and psychologist will provide clinicians with the theoretical foundations underlying this form of DBT, as well as a few key skills to engage with clients. By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Define biosocial theory for over-controlled disorders
  • Identify RO-DBT treatment strategies designed to enhance flexible responding and social connection.
  • Summarize the four core deficits of over-controlled disorders
  • Describe various ways to assess for over-control and client appropriateness

Meet your presenters:

Jimmy Portner, LISW-S, LICDC-CS, BCD

Jimmy is the Intensive Treatment Division Director at the Columbus Ohio Veterans Administration. He specializes in the training, implementation and clinical supervision of the following Evidence Based Practices (EBP); Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment (IDDT), Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Jimmy is a certified introductory trainer for the emerging EBP, Radically Open-DBT. He has been practicing RO-DBT since 2014.

Jimmy serves as an adjunct professor for the OSU College of Social Work where he received both his Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Social Work.

Nate Tomcik, PhD

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.

He has been working within the VA to promote person centered and recovery oriented mental health care for the last 10 years. His primary research and clinical interests involve the dissemination of evidence based behavioral health treatment in integrated service delivery systems

Registration Fee: $225.00
*Late fees may apply if registration is received 5 days or less prior to the training.



The Ohio State University College of Social Work is an approved provider of the Ohio CSWMFT Board. Our social work provider number is: RST111002.