Outpatient Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT) Group

RO-DBT is an evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy developed by Dr. Thomas R. Lynch for disorders of emotional over control. Though self-control is often highly prized and rewarded by our society, too much self-control can create a host of difficulties, including social isolation and poor interpersonal relationships.

RO-DBT is designed to focus on building flexible responding, authentic emotional expression, self-enquiry, and ability to manage unexpected or challenging feedback. The primary treatment targets in RO-DBT focus on improving social signaling, enhancing receptivity and openness, and increasing interpersonal connection.

DBT Therapy Skills

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy teaches four skill modules: Mindfulness, Distress tolerance, Emotion regulation, and Interpersonal relationship skills. DBT is a well-established treatment for borderline personality disorder, substance abuse, binging, and other problems which include emotion dysregulation. Research shows that those who have successfully completed DBT programs are more likely to have strong interpersonal relationships, find employment, and stop having thoughts of self -harm. In addition, they experience reductions in suicidal behavior and thoughts, hopelessness, depression, drug and alcohol problems, and binge eating.

Effective Dialectical Behavioral Therapy treatment includes both individual psychotherapy and participation in a weekly skills training group. Lindner Center of HOPE Professional Associates offers a DBT skills training group for patients who are being treated at the Center as well as for those referred by external mental health clinicians.

Lindner Center of HOPE Professional Associates adult Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills groups are scheduled weekly and patients are expected to make a commitment to 24 consecutive weeks of attendance, not missing more than 4 sessions in a row. The adolescent skills group for ages 14-18, runs 18 consecutive weeks. To achieve the most benefit, it is recommended that the primary clinician, obtain some information about the DBT skills taught so effective support and coaching is available to the patient during their treatment.

Patients must be in individual therapy during the course of the group. To obtain full benefit, it is recommended patients see their outpatient provider weekly as patients often have questions about integrating the skills into their life.


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The Outpatient Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT) Group are scheduled as follows at Lindner Center of HOPE, 4075 Old Western Row Rd., Mason (check-in in the Welcome Center) (this information is subject to change):

  • Monday 3p to 4:30p
  • Tuesday 4p to 5:30p
  • Thursday 4p to 5:30p

Please consult with your treatment provider. Referrals should be sent to Kelly Bernens, Outpatient Practice Manager, at (513) 536-0634 or kelly.bernens@lindnercenter.org. There will be an initial information session scheduled to discuss the goals of group, to establish commitment to the group,
and to provide initial assessment forms.

Groups are led by specially trained staff, including Brett Dowdy, PsyD, Chief of Psychological Services; Jennifer Farley, PsyD, Staff Psychologist; and Shannon Jensen, LISW-S, Outpatient Therapist.

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