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Friday, July 29 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
When Helping Hurts: Overcoming the Accommodation Trap With the Adult Sufferer

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When caring for loved ones, we rely on our intuition, helping them feel safe and secure – an approach more than adequate for most loved ones. However, did you know that assisting the OCD sufferer in escaping and avoiding distress actually strengthens their OCD? Research supports that most families of OCD sufferers engage in excessive accommodation, with the most common behaviors being providing reassurance and "co-ritualizing." In this workshop, you will learn the counterintuitive approach to facilitate the OCD sufferer's treatment and re-establish a healthy relationship with your loved one. This presentation is for parents, relatives, and spouses/partners of an adult sufferer. The audience will be given ample opportunities for input and questions appropriate to the topic, with roleplaying and other learning exercises.


Jennifer Kessler, PhD

Dr. Kessler is a psychologist at Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington. She received her doctorate in psychology from Louisiana State University, with a specialization in Child Clinical Psychology and a minor in School Psychology. Dr. Kessler completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Maryland School of Medicine's Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. She also completed a two-year postdoctoral... Read More →

Gloria Mathis, PhD

Dr. Mathis is a psychologist at Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington. She received her doctorate from the University of Hawaii-Manoa in 2011 after completing her predoctoral internship at Westchester Jewish Community Services in Westchester County, NY. She then completed a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Anxiety Disorders Center at St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute, where she worked in an intensive... Read More →

Noah Weintraub, PsyD

Dr. Weintraub is a psychologist at Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington (BTC) in Silver Spring, MD. He earned his doctorate from Nova Southeastern University and completed further training at Terry Children's Psychiatric Center in Delaware. While Dr. Weintraub works with all ages, he specializes in children and adolescents with a wide range of difficulties. In addition to OCD, Dr. Weintraub specializes in phobias, Panic... Read More →

David Yood, PsyD

Dr. Yood received his doctorate from the University of Denver and completed his predoctoral internship at Friends Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship and works at Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington (BTC). Dr. Yood's areas of clinical interest include Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety and other related anxiety disorders. He has specialized... Read More →

Friday July 29, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Chicago D, 5th Floor