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Friday, July 29 • 9:15am - 10:45am
Maximizing ERP with Taboo Content in Adults and Children

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Many people with OCD suffer from obsessions focused on topics that are rarely shared with others – aggressive impulses, sexual thoughts, and bathroom behavior. However, effective ERP for these symptoms requires both therapist and patient to discuss such topics in detail, and to use this information to maximize treatment. This presentation will discuss topics related to treating taboo symptoms in OCD, including: (1) how to thoroughly assess the functional relationship between obsessions and compulsions, (2) conducting exposures that are appropriate, without being gratuitous, and (3) addressing taboo topics in children with OCD. Unique to this presentation, an OCD sufferer whose symptoms involved taboo content will share the details of his challenging, yet effective, treatment to illustrate these topics.


Jason Meade

Jason has lived with OCD for as long as he can remember. In 2012, with the support of his wife, he sought out treatment at McLean Hospital. After participating in cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure and response prevention, he is leading a happier and fulfilling life. Because of the support from Dr. Steven Tsao and Dr. Jason Elias, Jason feels he has become a much better teacher, coach, father and husband, and he is able to... Read More →

Anthony Puliafico, PhD

Anthony Puliafico, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of medical psychology (in psychiatry) in Columbia University Medical Center's Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He serves as Director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety Related Disorders (CUCARD)-Westchester, an outpatient clinic providing care to children, adolescents, and young adults with anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related... Read More →
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Steven Tsao, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Steven Tsao received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fordham University and completed his predoctoral internship at the Boston VA Medical Center. After postdoctoral fellowship at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, he worked in a variety of hospital settings including a residential program for eating disorders and McLean Hospital's OCD Institute. He has held academic appointments at Boston University School of Medicine... Read More →

Friday July 29, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Chicago F/G/H, 5th Floor