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.
Patricia E. Zurita Ona, Psy.D., Dr. Z. is a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with children, adolescents, and adults struggling with OCD, anxiety, and emotion regulation problems. Dr. Z is the founder of East Bay Behavior Therapy Center, a boutique therapy practice, where she runs an intensive outpatient program integrating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Exposure Response Prevention. Dr. Z is the creator of the online class “ACT beyond OCD,” an online resource for people that want to augment their ACT and ERP skills.
Dr. Z is the author of the following books:
- ACT beyond OCD: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Workbook for Adults
- The ACT Workbook for Teens with OCD: Unhook Yourself and Live Life to the Full
- Parenting a troubled teen: using acceptance and commitment therapy
- Escaping the emotional roller coaster: ACT for the emotionally sensitive
Dr. Z is the co-author of the book Mind and emotions: a universal protocol for emotional disorders” that has received a “Self-help seal of merit” from the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapists (ABCT).”
Dr. Z. is also a Fellow of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science, a member of the OCD San Francisco Bay Area, board member of Made of Millions, and a chair of the committee for the Anxiety and Depression American Association.