Creating Flexible Exposures in Treating OCD and Related Anxiety Disorders - CE 10/31

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Clinicians, please join Mind Therapy Clinic staff and Patricia Zurita Oña, PsyD for a professional training: Creating Flexible Exposures in Treating OCD and Related Anxiety Disorders .

  • Presenter: Patricia Zurita Oña, PsyD

  • When: Wednesday, October 31, 1:00PM - 3:00 PM

  • Where: Mind Therapy Clinic, 240 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera CA 94925, Upstairs Classroom

Creating Flexible Exposures in Treating OCD and Related Anxiety Disorders

Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) is the frontline treatment for OCD and all anxiety disorders. Current data supports that both ERP and an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT/ERP approach are effective treatments for OCD sufferers. In this presentation, the interaction between the inhibitory learning model (ILM) for ERP and ACT­ based exposure are briefly discussed as an introduction to the nitty ­gritty of how to facilitate an ACT-consistent exposure session in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  

This workshop will focus on teaching participants how to conduct a contextual­ functional assessment for OCD and related conditions, how to facilitate an ACT- consistent exposure session, and what to do when getting stuck in an exposure session (e.g. clients have a high degree of believability on thought-action-fusion, exposures turn into rituals, relatives inadvertently reinforce OCD, the costs of avoidance outweigh the gains of living a meaningful life, etc).  

In addition, the Choice Point, an ACT­-derived behavioral intervention, will be presented as an additional case formulation and treatment intervention to augment the impact of ERP sessions for pediatric OCD. This includes an experiential exercise to see the choice point in action when work ing with OCD to help participants to 

  1. Identify client's hooks and helpers, 

  2. Clarify client's values, and

  3. Discriminate values­ based behaviors from OCD-­driven behaviors.  


  • Describe how ACT capitalizes on the inhibitory learning model to shape exposure-­based interventions for OCD

  • Harness valuing and committed action as processes to shape willingness to engage in exposure-­based work

  • Apply ACT components of the hexaflex to augment ERP sessions

  • Use the "choice point model" as a clinical tool to discriminate values­based behaviors from OCD-driven behaviors when working with clients struggling with OCD

LEVEL: Intermediate  
FREE with no CEs. $25 for 2 CEs.

For questions, please contact Jacqueline Perlmutter, Director of Professional Relations, 415-846-8409.

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About Our Presenter Dr. Zurita Oña "Dr. Z" is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in California. Her clinical work started first as school psychologist and then as a clinical psychologist. She has significant experience working with children, adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety and emotion regulation problems; particular areas of expertise are Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and emotion regulation problems. Dr. Z regularly attends local, national, and international conferences to keep up with current clinical research and deliver up-to-date therapy services to her clients. In addition to her doctoral training, Dr. Z is a graduate of the International OCD foundation Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) for the treatment of pediatric and OCD; her clinical work is primarily based on Exposure and Response Prevention, the recognized frontline treatment for OCD, anxiety and related condition disorders. Dr. Z is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

Dr. Z is coauthor of the books Mind and Emotion: A Universal Protocol forEmotional Disorders, which received a "Self Help seal of Merit" from the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapists (ABCT); and Parenting a Troubled Teen: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapywritten for parents or caregivers raising teens struggling with "feeling too much, too quick, and acting too soon." Dr. Z's recent publication Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster: ACT for the Emotionally Sensitive, is a self help book for adults struggling with having an emotional switch that goes on and off, anytime, anywhere. Dr Z is currently working on a project for the treatment of anxiety related conditions based on ACT.

In addition to private practice at East Bay Behavior Therapy, Dr. Z is a clinical faculty for The Wright Institute where she supervises and teaches doctoral students. Every year, Dr. Z selects one to three students to collaborate in their doctoral dissertations and/or continue training them as psychological assistants. Dr. Z is very interested in advancing clinical science that could fundamentally improve client's struggles in their life. She says, "There is no reason for people to suffer when we know there are intervention that can be effective, impactful, and life changing."

Dr. Z is a member of the following organizations: Anxiety and Depression American Association (ADAA) Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF) Northern California CBT Network The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS)

CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association. SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. For questions about CE, visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at LCSWs and MFTs from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board for approval.