Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Anxiety, and Emotion Regulation with ACT, ERP, & ERT

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Repeats every week until Wed Jun 05 2019 .
May 1 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
May 8 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
May 15 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
May 22 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
May 29 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Jun 5 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
World Region: 
North America
New York
Patricia Zurita Ona, PsyD

Do you work with clients who cannot let go of awful intrusive thoughts, images, sensations and feelings? Clients who struggle with OCD, anxiety, or emotion regulation problems, who feel too much, too quickly, and act too soon? Do you want to get better at delivering targeted ACT interventions for them?

Some of the most powerful treatments for clients like these are targeted interventions such as Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) and Emotion Regulation Training (ERT)—interventions requiring clinical precision to target specific behaviors, specialized behavioral processes, and discrimination of form versus function when working with clients.

These targeted treatments are often left out of classical ACT training, however, and so clinicians are left wondering whether it is appropriate to use them in the context of ACT or, if so, how to implement them in an ACT consistent way. Yet ACT is uniquely suited to be paired with ERP and ERT to address anxiety, OCD, and emotion regulation problems. This course will give you boots-on-the-ground interventions for working with therapeutic challenges such as exposure, choice point, and a roadmap for emotion regulation skills.

In this 6-week online course, you will learn how to develop structured, targeted ERP and ERT treatment models that are ACT consistent. We will focus specifically on how to apply ACT for the treatment of clients with mild to severe OCD, anxiety, and emotion regulation difficulties.

The first three sessions are focused on ERT and will teach you an ACT conceptualization of emotion regulation problems, as well as exploring how to assess for emotion regulation problems and outlining how to apply the 6 core ACT processes to teach to clients how to get off the emotional rollercoaster. A roadmap for practicing ACT skills in their daily life will also be reviewed, along with basic behavioral processes to augment committed action and potential pitfalls in treatment.

The last three sessions are dedicated to using ERP in an ACT consistent way. This includes: how to assess for OCD and other anxiety problems from this standpoint, how to develop exposure menus, and how to facilitate exposure sessions (situational, in-vivo, interoceptive, and imaginal). In addition, the application of the choice point as a tool for the treatment of pediatric OCD will be presented in detail, so you’ll be ready to use it with your clients right away.

12 CE/CME Credit Hours Available