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Friday, July 29 • 8:00am - 9:00am
Creating Distance from Your Obsessions

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In this interactive workshop for people with OCD, attendees will practice identifying obsessions and trying out various exercises to change how they relate to them. Drawing from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a newer cognitive behavioral approach with research support for OCD, attendees will learn strategies for transforming how they experience their obsessions. ACT focuses on changing the context in which thoughts are experienced in order to change the function of them, and to help create mental distance from unhelpful thinking. Attendees will practice several ACT exercises for addressing distressing thoughts in novel ways. Attendees will also learn to how to use technology (e.g., smart phone apps) to create low intensity exposure exercises for common obsessions.

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Robin Taylor Kirk, LMFT

Owner and Director, Sage Anxiety Treatment Program
Ms. Kirk has been in the mental health field for over 20 years and specializes in the treatment of Anxiety- related Disorders. In 2000, Robin co-founded Summit Eating Disorders Program (now ERC) which offered both IOP and Inpatient treatment. As a result of her interest in ACT and OCD, Robin developed Sage Anxiety Treatment Program which provides exclusively ACT-Based Exposure. Ms. Kirk also participated in a 7-day intensive... Read More →
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Brian Thompson, PhD

licensed psychologist, Portland Psychotherapy
Brian Thompson, PhD, is a licensed psychologist at the Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research, & Training Center, a small, private clinic that also funds original research. He specializes in working with anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive & related disorders, and draws mainly from exposure therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Friday July 29, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Chicago E, 5th Floor