Radically Open DBT Tampa LLC
5331 Primrose Lake Circle, 2nd Floor Conference Room
Tampa, Florida 33647
Event Details
Fri, January 17, 2020 - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Radically Open DBT Tampa LLC - Tampa, Florida
All Ages

About this event

This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for another date in the Spring 2020.


New science allows us to take advantage of the bidirectionally of emotional-neural substrates to decrease anxiety. Our brain and physiology are responding to perceived threatening stimuli within 4 milliseconds, so learning how to deactivate that response has been incredibly helpful for anxious clients. This workshop will teach you the simple techniques you need to help your clients decrease anxiety through behavioral strategies of activating the Parasympathetic System Ventral Vagal Complex.  

Learning Objectives:

·      Describe the neuro-regulatory model as it relates to the physiological and emotional experience of anxiety.

·      List three strategies to decrease physiological arousal by activating the parasympathetic nervous system ventral vagal complex (PNS-VVC).

·      Discuss the role that biological temperament plays in threat sensitivity.


CEUs: 2 Approved by the Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling, CEBroker Tracking # 20-755838

Offered by: Radically Open DBT Tampa  www.radicallyopentampa.com

Please address all questions to hpetracco@radicallyopentampa.com

Presenter Bio:

Heidi Petracco is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, licensed in New Jersey in 2007 and in Florida in 2010.  She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Rutgers University—ranked among the Top 25 social work programs in the nation.  She has over a decade of mental health experience, most recently serving as the Clinical Director of the University of South Florida (USF) Counseling Center.   While at USF, Heidi has served as the co-chair for the USF Eating Disorder Interdisciplinary Treatment Team, developed and implemented best-practice strategies for the SAMHSA Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Grant, and presented at multiple national conferences on the topics of suicide and mental health prevention strategies.

Heidi has received specialized training in the areas of treating suicide and non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors, depression, anxiety, PTSD and psychological first aide.  Heidi has been intensively trained (160 hours) in the new evidence-based treatment Radically Open DBT – treating disorders of over-control such as refractory depression, chronic anxiety, anorexia, and Cluster A and C personality disorders. She has received direct supervision from treatment founder Dr. Thomas Lynch, offers one-day Intro to RO-DBT lectures for professionals, and is a founding member of the international Radically Open DBT Adolescent Steering Committee.

Heid is a Qualified Supervisor under the Florida 491 Board for Registered Clinical Social Work Interns and a Board Certified Diplomat with the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work.


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