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Taking the “Nervous” out of the Nervous System: Novel Treatment for Anxiety Disorders

Taking the “Nervous” out of the Nervous System: Novel Treatment for Anxiety Disorders
Thursday, September 26, 2024 12:00 pm
- 1:30 pm ET

Having an over- reactive nervous system can be an important, yet overlooked feature of anxiety disorders (e.g., OCD, “not just right” OCD, and OCD rooted in disgust. This workshop will provide an overview of nervous system processing, sensory dysregulation, and how reactivity in the sensory system can elicit anxiety or behaviors that look like anxiety. Understanding the important and unique role of the sensory nervous system and how it can affect specific psychiatric disorders is key to shedding light on difficult clinical presentations. This workshop will provide a look at the nervous system (sympathetic and parasympathetic) as it relates to learning, emotion, and behavior. Specific attention will be placed on “not just right” OCD, phobias, oppositional behaviors, issues involving disgust, misophonia, and other anxiety disorders that can be heavily impacted by sensory dysregulation. We will introduce a novel treatment approach for individuals who have underlying sensory regulation issues. Participants will learn how to identify sensory dysregulation when it is present, as well as how to effectively create a treatment plan that addresses both anxiety and sensory dysregulation. Attention will be placed primarily on childhood disorders, however we will offer guidance and examples relevant to adults as well.

Learning Objectives
1) Gain a general understanding of the nervous system and how glitches in this system can impact emotions, cognitions, and behavior.
2) Will become familiar with the transdiagnostic nature of sensory dysregulation and how it interacts with and can contribute to anxiety disorders.
3) Learn how to effectively create a treatment plan for disorders that are heavily impacted by the sensory nervous system.

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Presenter(s) Biography

Suzanne Mouton-Odum, PhD

Suzanne Odum

Dr. Mouton-Odum is a licensed psychologist who received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, Master of Arts in School Psychology from Trinity University in San Antonio, and Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston. She completed her doctoral residency at the University of Texas Medical School, Houston. 
Dr. Mouton-Odum is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine and President of PsycTech, Ltd., Technology for Psychology. Dr. Mouton-Odum has practiced psychology for over 20 years in the Houston area and has extensive experience conducting cognitive behavioral treatment for children, adolescents, and adults, psychological assessment, and evidence-based psychological treatments. Dr. Mouton-Odum is Co-Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the TLC Foundation for Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors, formerly the Trichotillomania Learning Center, and past president of both the Texas Psychological Foundation and the Houston Psychological Association. She has published numerous scientific journal articles, presents both internationally and at professional conferences, and is coauthor of three books for the general public.


Ruth G. Golomb, MEd, LCPC

Ruth G. Golomb, MEd, LCPC

Ms. Golomb is a clinician, supervisor, and co-director of the doctoral training program at Behavior Therapy Center (BTC), where she has worked since the mid 1980’s. Ms. Golomb specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adults. She has conducted numerous workshops and seminars, and participated in panel discussions covering many topics including Tourette’s Syndrome, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Trichotillomania, and managing anxiety disorders in the classroom. In addition to publishing articles for professional journals and newsletters, Ms. Golomb is an author of The Hair Pulling Habit and You: How to Solve the Trichotillomania Puzzle, a book describing the comprehensive treatment of Trichotillomania in children, and A Parent Guide to Hair Pulling Disorder: Effective Parenting Strategies for Children with Trichotillomania (formerly Stay Out of My Hair). Ms. Golomb is a member of the Science Advisory Board for the Trichotillomania Learning Center. 

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