This webinar delves into the nuts and bolts of how to conduct an ACT consistent exposure session, starting with a contextual-functional assessment of OCD symptoms, organizing a values-based exposure menu, increasing clients’ willingness to get out from their fear-based zone and move into values-based exposures, and troubleshooting when getting stuck in an exposure session (e.g. clients have a high degree of believability on thought – action – fusion, client’s continue to have hopes for obsessions to go away, clients’ exposures turn into rituals, etc).
In addition, the Choice Point, a behavioral intervention derived from ACT is presented as an additional case formulation and treatment intervention to augment the impact of ERP sessions for pediatric OCD. And experiential exercise will be facilitated to see the choice point in action when working with OCD and 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.
1. Apply exposure-based strategies in a traditional sense (CBT) and then in the context of ACT.
2. Prepare and design exposure exercises within ACT (i.e., fostering willingness).
3. Integrate ACT processes during exposure to enhance psychological flexibility in the service of valued ends.