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Friday, July 29 • 8:00am - 9:00am
Loving Someone Who Hates Their Looks: A Couple-Based Approach to CBT for BDD

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BDD symptoms (i.e., social avoidance) negatively impact relationships, which, in turn, affect the outcome of psychological treatments for BDD. By employing a partner as a resource in treatment, a couple-based intervention for BDD has the potential to reduce accommodation, target maladaptive communication patterns, and enhance relationship functioning. This cognitive-behavioral treatment involves working with the couple using standard exposure and response prevention (ERP) techniques, training the partner to provide support during treatment, learning to express thoughts and feelings, and shifting maladaptive patterns of behavior (e.g., accommodation).  We will discuss the ill-effects of relationship issues on BDD and its treatment, present a clinical example, and describe how to address these issues in a couple-based BDD treatment program.

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Jonathan Abramowitz, PhD

Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Abramowitz is Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology, Research Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina (UNC), and Director of the UNC Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic. Dr. Abramowitz has published over 250 research articles, books, and book chapters and he is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders. Dr. Abramowitz is a member of the Foundation’s Scientific and Clinical... Read More →

Lillian Reuman, MA

Lillian Reuman is a Clinical Psychology doctoral student in the Anxiety/OCD Lab at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. Ms. Reuman's research focuses on the treatment of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders (OCRDs) across the lifespan, as well as factors that may play a role in the maintenance of these disorders (e.g., symptom accommodation, cognitive biases, uncertainty). Ms. Reuman has presented and published... Read More →

Friday July 29, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
LA/Miami/Scottsdale, 5th Floor

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