live webinar

Optimizing Exposure Therapy



Michael Treanor, PhD
Optimizing Exposure Therapy webinar
Monday, May 22, 2023 2:00 pm
- 4:00 pm ET
CE/CME Credit

Member Prices


Non-Member Prices


In this 2-hour webinar, Dr. Treanor will present the updated model for optimizing exposure therapy in the context of associative learning. In the updated model, the term “inhibitory learning” is replaced with “inhibitory retrieval.”

The webinar will include:

  • empirical evidence supporting the model
  • limitations of the current evidence
  • current theories regarding associative change
  • the importance of identifying the unconditional stimulus
  • the importance of identifying conditional stimuli and "occasion setters"
  • the importance of expectancy violation
  • associative learning theories for feared outcomes that occur far in the future
  • the impact of safety signals on extinction learning
  • several examples of exposures for disorders such as panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, OCD, and PTSD.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will be able to identify the principles of associative learning models of exposure therapy (e.g., expectancy violation).
  2. Attendees will be able to discuss the importance of correctly identifying the unconditional stimulus and principal conditional stimulus. 
  3. Attendees will demonstrate a foundational knowledge of application of associative learning models to anxiety disorders, PTSD, and OCD.
Presenter(s) Biography

Michael Treanor, PhD

Michael Treanor, PhD

Michael Treanor, PhD is an Assistant Project Scientist with the UCLA Anxiety and Depression Research Center and staff psychologist with the UCLA Child OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program. 

Dr. Treanor completed his doctorate at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, his APA-approved internship at the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Behavioral Science Division, and a NIMH T32 postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA. 

His research focuses on elucidating associative learning processes (e.g., extinction learning) as principal mechanisms of exposure therapy. In addition to his research and direct patient care, he actively supervises and trains others in exposure therapy and CBT for anxiety disorders, OCD, and PTSD.

Dr. Treanor is also the owner of the California Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress, a group practice focused on providing high-quality exposure therapy and CBT for anxiety, OCD, and PTSD, as well as consultation to mental health providers focused on associative learning models of exposure therapy.

Professional Post

ADAA Continuing Education Credits for Live and On-Demand Programming

Learners complete an evaluation form to receive a certificate of completion. You must participate in the entire activity as partial credit is not available.  If you are seeking continuing education credit for a specialty not listed below, it is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certification board to determine course eligibility for your licensing/certification requirement.

Some ADAA professional webinars focused on diversity or cultural competency subject matter are eligible for the Cross-Culture Competency Diversity Credit. If a webinar is eligible for this credit, it will be reflected on your credit certificate.

All continuing education credits are provided through Amedco, LLC. Learn more about the CE/CME accreditation information here.