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Effective Treatment for Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

November 18 Breakfast 8:15am-8:45am; Training 8:45am-4:00pm $169.00, 6 CEUs Presenter: Susan Osofsky, MSW, LCSW Woodholme Country Club, 300 Woodholme Ave. Pikesville, MD 21208 United States + Google Map

Treating anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) challenges many therapists’ usual way of approaching clients. Not only does talk therapy generally not work to alleviate or reduce symptoms of anxiety or ritualized repetitive behavior, but it can even increase them.

Workshop Description

In this workshop, we’ll explore cognitive distortions, the mind-body connection in anxiety, and Exposure/Response Prevention (Ex/RP), a model that’s been shown to be highly effective. We’ll discuss the brain mechanisms and chemicals behind anxiety and OCD, review the differences and connections between obsessions and compulsions, and demonstrate how to assess the severity of a case.

You’ll learn how to lead your clients through the exposure process using Ex/RP in a way that allows them to endure the momentary anxiety of not doing the ritual repetitive behavior and, when catastrophe doesn’t result, helps 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



“An enormous amount of relevant information and applicable techniques that can be used immediately.”—Liz S.