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Friday, July 29 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Using ACT to Supercharge ERP: Creating Willingness & Motivation in Treatment

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This workshop will help therapists enhance ERP through capitalizing on recent research in inhibitory learning, and to nurture willingness to engage in exposure-based treatment for OCD.   Presenters will address treatment resistance from both Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and ERP perspectives. Using didactic and experiential modalities, we will demonstrate for and engage participants in a number of motivational techniques, including the use of mindfulness, defusion, and values interventions, to shape willingness to engage in treatment. We will move beyond understanding to the nuts and bolts of practice. Finally, we will offer consultation to therapists on how best to work with clients or family members who are reluctant to seek and accept help for their OCD.


Lisa Coyne, PhD

Lisa W. Coyne, PhD, is an internationally recognized ACT Trainer, and is on the Faculty at Harvard Medical School, where she directs the McLean Child and Adolescent OCD Institute (OCDI Jr.). She is an Associate Clinical Professor at Suffolk University in Boston, MA, and is also a licensed Clinical Psychologist. Lisa has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters on ACT and OCD for children, teens, and families, and is... Read More →

Stacey Rice Dobrinsky, PhD

Psychologist, Child and Adolescent OCDI, Mclean Hospital
Stacey Rice Dobrinsky, PhD, is a licensed psychologist who specializes in treating children and adolescents with treatment refractory OCD and anxiety disorders. She works as a psychologist at the Mclean Child and Adolescent OCD Institute (OCDI Jr.) at Harvard Medical School. psychologist at the McLean Child and Adolescent OCD Institute (OCDI Jr.).
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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 11:00am - 12:30pm
Chicago F/G/H, 5th Floor