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Effectively Treating Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

December 10 Breakfast 8:30am-8:45am   Training 8:45am-4:00pm $159, 6 CEUs Presenter: Susan Osofsky, MSW, LCSW Doubletree Hilton Hotel, 1726 Reisterstown Road Baltimore, MD 21208 United States + Google Map

Treatment of Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can be a challenge for therapists: not only does talk therapy generally not work to alleviate anxiety or reduce ritualized repetitive behavior, but it can even increase these symptoms.  In this presentation, you will learn Exposure/Response Prevention (Ex/RP), a model that’s been proven to be very effective.  We’ll explore brain mechanisms and chemicals behind anxiety and OCD, discuss the differences and connections between obsessions and compulsions, and demonstrate how to assess the severity of a case.  You will learn cognitive strategies to help clients lessen distorted thinking and manage anxiety symptoms.  You will also learn how to lead your clients through the process of exposure using Ex/RP in a way that allows them to endure the momentary anxiety of not doing ritual repetitive behavior to reduce discomfort and, when catastrophe doesn’t result, help them to restructure their thinking and begin to free themselves of their symptoms.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand brain structures and chemicals present in anxiety and OCD
  • Understand the anxiety prone personality and how it develops
  • Learn cognitive and behavioral strategies to manage anxiety and reduce OCD symptoms
  • Understand 10 types of distorted thinking and learn how to create a rational response
  • Learn to address the effects of diet and exercise on anxiety
  • Learn how to set up a treatment plan, using cognitive restructuring, exposure/response prevention and imaginal exposure
  • Gain confidence in ability to treat anxiety and OCD using a holistic approach


8:45 – 10:30am: Understanding Anxiety

  • Causes
  • Nutrition
  • High Anxiety Personality

10:30 – 10:40:  BREAK with Group Activity

10:40 – 12:30: Discuss Activity Experience

  • Treatment of Anxiety
  • Understanding OCD
  • Etiology of OCD
  • Neurobiology of OCD

12:00 – 1:00:  LUNCH

1:00 – 2:30: Differential Diagnosis

  • Assessment
  • Treatment

2:30 – 2:40:  BREAK

2:40 – 4:00: Treatment

  • Treatment Planning Exercise
“Susan was amazing! She shared her skills and expertise. I learned a lot from her and would like to attend additional trainings with her.” Jennifer B.

“Quite possibly the best training I have ever attended!” Wendy B.

"I recently attended The Ferentz Institute workshop "Effective Treatment of Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder" presented by Susan Osofsky. I left the workshop with tools, treatment plans and skills to treat OCD and Anxiety! I would attend additional trainings with Susan, she created an environment full of engagement and motivation! Thank you. Lisa Paul, LICSW

I really enjoyed the workshop. I liked the interactive case studies used. Jennifer Plassnig, LCSW-C