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Setting Up Patients for Success: Providing Patients with Psychoeducation Increases Their Resilience and Helps Maintain Progress in Treatment



Stephanie Woodrow, LCPC, NCC
Tejal Jakatdar, PhD
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Thursday, August 26, 2021 12:00 pm
- 1:15 pm ET
CE/CME Credit

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When working with people struggling with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders, therapists guide the treatment process in order to help patients manage their symptoms, increase their willingness to experience distress, and raise their fear tolerance. However, guiding treatment is not enough: it is helpful for clients to understand why their efforts to reduce or get rid of their anxiety have not produced long-term relief, and also why and how the treatment we are proposing is effective. This understanding assists patients in trusting their therapists, increasing their willingness to engage in treatment, and instilling hope. Framing the treatment within clients’ values can help create and maintain change especially when progress seems stalled, scary, or too hard. In addition, because learning about exposure therapy can be overwhelming, patients must understand that their current coping strategies might offer some reduced distress in the short term but provide no long-term results, and reinforce the power anxiety and avoidance have over their lives. For patients to get the most out of treatment and maintain their gains post-treatment, it is our responsibility as clinicians to ensure that we have provided them with adequate psychoeducation and the power of choosing change.

This presentation addresses how to provide patients with psychoeducation on a number of topics, including the anxiety/OCD cycle, the cognitive behavioral triangle, exposure and response prevention, habituation, inhibitory learning, psychological flexibility, values, the power of choice, and treatment progress expectations. In addition, this session offers ways for clinicians to build rapport and establish trust with patients through the psychoeducation process by using relatable metaphors, humor, and providing helpful reassurance. This session also assists clinicians in working with patients on collaboratively setting treatment goals while simultaneously managing expectations and helping patients to understand that obstacles in treatment are normal and can be overcome. Finally, this presentation examines when in treatment clinicians might consider returning to psychoeducation in order to aid patients in reenergizing their efforts, examining motivation for treatment, and acknowledging their treatment successes to date.

Learning Objectives

  1. At the conclusion of this presentation, attendees will be able to outline a plan for psychoeducation and be able to explain and present key concepts in treatment in lay terms to aid patients’ understanding of the purpose of therapy.
  2. At the conclusion of this presentation, attendees will be able to develop their own examples to help patients relate to the material while also building rapport and connecting with their therapists.
  3. At the conclusion of this presentation, attendees will be able to identify specific areas of the psychoeducational process where they can instill hope, motivation, and resilience in patients, using compassion, humor, and empathy.

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Presenter(s) Biography

Stephanie Woodrow, LCPC, NCC

Stephanie Woodrow, LCPC, NCC

Member Since 2016

Stephanie Woodrow, LCPC, NCC has a private practice in the Washington, D.C. area specializing in the treatment of adults with anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and related disorders. Stephanie has participated in an advanced forum through the IOCDF’s Behavior Therapy Training Institute and was named an Emerging Leader by ADAA. She previously served as chair of ADAA’s Early Career Professionals and Students SIG and is the Vice Chair of the OCD and Related Disorders as well as serving on the Membership Committee.

Stephanie and ADAA

“When I decided to become a therapist, I knew I wanted to specialize in treating anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder.  My work in graduate school reflected these interests and joining the ADAA community as I transitioned to a trainee was a natural fit. At my first ADAA conference, I participated in the CDLP Program and was matched with Ruth Lippin, LCSW, JD as my mentor, Ruth was not only supportive but excited for me and she introduced me to Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, LCSW-C and Kimberly Morrow, LCSW. This trio quickly became my “Three Wise Women,” and their passion for training clinicians, and specifically masters-level clinicians, excited me and inspired me to become more involved with ADAA. I applied for a position on the Early Career Professionals and Students SIG and was selected first as co-vice chair and then chair. I recently joined the ADAA’s Membership and Marketing Committee, where I connect my work from the Early Career SIG to the greater ADAA community. My Three Wise Women continue to support me, offering advice, suggestions, and encouragement, and I know when I see them at ADAA conferences I’ll get an injection of passion, energy, and excitement. I look forward to exploring how my involvement with ADAA expands and changes, and to continuing to collaborate with other professionals passionate about treating people with anxiety and depression.”


Tejal Jakatdar, PhD

Dr. Jakatdar

Tejal is a clinical psychologist and has been in private practice since 2010. She founded Willow Anxiety and OCD in 2016, which has grown into a thriving group practice. Tejal has expertise in treating OCD, BDD, BFRBs, perfectionism, and anxiety and mood disorders. She has a solid foundation in CBT and borrows from ACT and DBT. Tejal is passionate about providing clients with evidence-based treatment, training students and clinicians, and incorporating research in her group practice. Tejal served as adjunct faculty at Temple University. In addition to publishing in peer-reviewed journals, Tejal has presented at several conferences, workshops and trainings.

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