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The University of Southampton

When a good thing turns bad: A novel DBT skills-based approach for refractory depression targeting emotional over-control Event

20 February 2013
De Vere Grand Harbour Hotel, West Quay Road, Southampton SO15 1AG

For more information regarding this event, please telephone CBT Team on 02380 593578 or email .

Event details

Self-control is highly valued in most societies, and failures in self-control characterise many of the personal and social problems afflicting modern civilization.

However, too much self-control can be equally problematic. Emotional over-control (EOC) is beginning to be recognised as an important factor associated with social isolation, poor interpersonal functioning, and the development of severe and difficult-to-treat mental health problems, in particular refractory depression. Based on 17 years of research, two NIMH funded randomized controlled trials (RCTs), and an ongoing multi-center RCT in the UK (REFRAMED; funded by MRC) the aim of this workshop is to introduce a novel adaptation of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) targeting refractory depression and EOC. It is not necessary to be DBT trained to attend.

Participants will learn a new biosocial theory for emotional over-control (EOC) and new dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) treatment strategies designed to enhance willingness for self-inquiry and flexible responding—as well as new skills designed to enhance intimate relationships and vulnerable expression of emotion, learn from critical feedback, and loving-kindness-forgiveness. Participants will also learn new interventions designed to maximize treatment compliance/engagement and will learn new DBT treatment targets for EOC focusing on aloof and distant relationships, emotion inhibition, behavioral avoidance, rigidity, and envy/bitterness.

The workshop will introduce a novel hypothesized mechanism of change "open expression=social connectedness" and specific strategies designed to facilitate prosocial behaviors.

Workshop costs

The cost is £120 per full day’s workshop with concessions of £100 for students and £110 for participants who attend two or more different workshops. The cost includes refreshments and lunch, handouts, certificates of attendance and an opportunity to evaluate your training.

Tom Lynch

Speaker information

Tom Lynch,is Professor of Clinical Psychology in the School of Psychology at Southampton University and Director of the Emotion and Personality Bio-behavioural Laboratory. He a world-leading researcher, and senior trainer of dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). He has received multiple large research grants from a range of sources, including the National Institutes of Health, NARSAD—National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, and the Hartford Foundation. Currently he is the Chief Investigator of a multi-centre randomised controlled trial of a new DBT treatment approach for chronic and treatment resistant depression funded by the Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation programme and Medical Research Council—Project REFRAMED. He is a recipient of the John M. Rhoades Psychotherapy Research Endowment and a Beck Institute Scholar. His book outlining a new DBT adaptation, entitled Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Treatment Resistant Depression; Targeting Over-Control is forthcoming.

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