Professional Training

OCTOBER 12, 2018  Presenter Katherine Calvert

Moving Beyond Words: An Evidence Based Practice for Skillful Relationships 

6 hours of CE

Katherine Calvert, LCSW

Katherine Calvert, LCSW

Katherine Calvert, LCSW is pleased to introduce the concepts and strategies of Radically Open-DBT, an evidence-based treatment developed by Thomas Lynch, Ph.D. RO-DBT is a new treatment both similar and dissimilar to its predecessors, and supported by 20 years of clinical research.  

RO-DBT targets problems of excessive self-control (Over Control) and includes influences of dialectical philosophy, dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness-based approaches, cognitive behavior therapy, Gestalt therapy, motivational interviewing, basic emotion theory, affective neuroscience, personality and developmental theories, evolutionary theory and Malamati Sufism.  

The core tenets of RO-DBT include (but are not limited to):

  • Psychological well-being involves the confluence of three factors: openness (receptivity), flexibility and social connectedness. The term radical openness represents the confluence of these three capacities.
  • Social signaling matters. In disorders of overcontrol, deficits in prosocial signaling are posited to be the core source of OC clients’ loneliness.
  • Overcontrol is a multifaceted paradigm involving complex transactions among biology, environment, and individual styles of coping.
  • Radical openness assumes that we don’t see things as they are but rather as we are.
  • Radical openness and self-enquiry are experiential and cannot be grasped on an exclusively intellectual basis. Therapists need to practice radical openness themselves in order to model it for their clients.  

Katherine Calvert has adapted the concepts, strategies and materials of RO-DBT to teach a skills-based approach to couples struggling in relationship. The skills target relationship ruptures such as going silent, withdrawing, stonewalling, or excessive criticism and blame, while they improve self-understanding, communication and interpersonal safety. Couples report less reactivity and deeper sense of connection. 

Workshop attendees will be able to:

  1. Describe the neuro-bio-social theory of over and under control (OC-UC)
  2. List the 5 Neural Substrates involved in the Brain-Behavioral Model of Emotion
  3. Assess a client coping styles of over control (OC) or under control (UC)
  4. Integrate the neuro-bio-social theory of over and under control (OC-UC) for work with couples
  5. Discuss how changing physiology can change couple’s interaction when distressed
  6. Practice interactive exercises that can be used with clients
  7. Explain three ways to activate Social Safety.
  8. Teach Loving Kindness Meditation to trigger safety cues with couples,
  9. Use targeted interventions for relational rupture and repair.

About Katherine Calvert LCSW

Katherine Calvert, LCSW, is in private practice and specializes in couple’s work, targeting each individual’s habitual pattern of coping with distress that leads to eventual rupture in relationship. Katherine helps couples define the impact of their defensive patterns on their relationship and offers skills to open the couple to growth and increased intimacy.

Katherine received a Master of Social Work from Portland State University and is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Radically Open DBT, EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Gottman Couples Therapy, and is a certified Imago Couples Therapist. Katherine has presented her unique approach to a regional meeting of Imago therapists in New York City as well as to an Imago International Conference in Vancouver, BC.


[Put payment using Paypal here]

This CE program is co-sponsored by AMHA-OR Metro and Mentor Research Institute. Mentor Research Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Mentor Research Institute maintains responsibility for the program and its content.