The 2018 National Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference will be held at Twin Towns Services Club this month over 27-28 September.

Joining us at this year’s conference is Ms Tanya Gilmartin, Lead Therapist and Consultant at RO-DBT Australia and Melbourne DBT Centre who will present on ‘Introducing RO-DBT as a Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa and Disorders of Over Control.’


Psychiatric conditions which can be defined as being Over-Control (OC) in nature, such as Anorexia Nervosa, Chronic Depression, and Avoidant, Paranoid and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorders have often been found to be difficult to treat by mental Health professionals. Radically-Open DBT (RO-DBT) has been developed and researched over the past 20 years and has been found to be an effective treatment for these disorders. It has also been research and implemented in many settings across the US and UK as a stand-alone treatment or as a follow up to Family Based Therapy. In particular, RO-DBT is based on a skills-deficit model, and posits that clients with Anorexia Nervosa as well as other presentations of excessive self-control benefit from learning skills to increase their reciprocity and openness to feedback, the ability to be more flexible in their management of difficult situations, and improve their intimacy and connectedness.

The workshop will begin with an overview of the theoretical basis to the treatment then discuss case conceptualisations of Over-control and Under-control presentations, then engage participants in practices about treatment strategies and interventions. The facilitator will present the latest research and clinical examples, as well as lead participants through planned exercises and discussion. In addition, the facilitator will introduce activities and practices that would be typical in a RO-DBT group, and encourage engagement and participation in these.

This workshop is recommended for clinicians who are interested in broadening their current set of skills to incorporate further evidence-based interventions into their work with eating disorders, as well as researchers interested in investigating developing treatments. It is intended that participants will leave the workshop with a broader understanding of RO-DBT, and how it may enhance their current practices.

Key Learnings:
1. RO-DBT is an evidence-based therapy for Anorexia Nervosa.
2. Social signalling is a core component of treatment.
3. Reciprocity and openness are key components of creating a life in which we feel connected and engaged.


Tanya Gilmartin is a Clinical Psychologist and registered supervisor with AHPRA. She has been working as a DBT therapist since 2010 and has run several programs using DBT to treat Binge Eating and Bulimia. Early in her experience with DBT, Tanya began to observe that clients presenting with Anorexia or other eating disorders characterised by restriction found aspects of DBT helpful. This lead to contact with Tom Lynch and the team behind RO-DBT, and as a result, Tanya travelled to the UK to become the first person from Australia to attend the intensive training program.

For more information on the upcoming 2018 National Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference and to register your place please visit



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