ACT for obsessive compulsive disorder

Using exposure exercises to help clients break free from OCD and live life to the full

4 hours (4 CE credits)
Intermediate level skills workshop
Recording available for 6 months
Experienced practitioners and clinicians

Course Description

If you are working with clients struggling with OCD, no matter where you are in the treatment, and no matter how familiar you are with exposure-based interventions, this workshop will augment your clinical skills on acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to guide your clients to tame OCD and fill the gap where they are and where they want to go.

All the content of this workshop aims to answer a specific question: how does ACT, as a process-based therapy approach, tackle OCD episodes that narrow a person’s life? 

While exposure is the frontline treatment to tackle OCD, exposure-based interventions are not one-size-fits-all. Furthermore, the heterogeneous presentation of obsessions, degrees of fusion with obsessions, complex compulsive responses, and variability in the negative affect associated with obsessions require that clinicians take into account all these variables to facilitate a compassionate, skilful, and effective treatment for clients.

About this workshop

As the workshop progresses, you will train your eyes and ears to notice how the client is responding and how you need to deliver “acceptance-based interventions” or “change-based interventions.” You will have an opportunity to learn all these ACT shifts and experience first-hand the flexibility of the ACT model when treating OCD and facilitating exposure work.

Patricia will present you with ACT skills in a simple, uncomplicated, unpretentious, and jargon-free manner. More importantly, she will share with you all the ACT skills and processes that she teaches her clients to make a real turn from surviving to thriving!

You will learn how to:

  • Guide your clinical work when blending ACT + ERP together for targeting OCD and related conditions.
  • Facilitate acceptance-based and change-based interventions through different ACT processes.
  • Model for clients that fears, anxiety, worry, and nervousness are part of life; we feel them, we think about them, and they just happen.
  • Contextualise exposure exercises as values-based moves, personal choices and as a way of help clients to choose to feel all types of experiences – including yucky ones- and stay with them with openness, curiosity, and flexibility- in the service of what they care about.
  • Introduce the W.I.S.E. M.O.V.E.S tool to facilitate both, planned values-based exposures and values-based exposures on-the-fly.
  • Identify specific blocks that may show up when facilitating values-based exposures or W.I.S.E. M.O.V.E.S.
  • Identify specific processes clients are stuck with that reinforce OCD episodes and narrow their lives.

Who would benefit from this workshop?

We recommend this workshop for mental health professionals including psychologists, psychiatrists, BCBAs, nurse practitioners and licensed mental health counsellors who see clients with OCD in their practice.

Please note that this is an intermediate level skills workshop, so you will need to be familiar with the ACT model before attending. Read more about introductory and intermediate level workshops here.

Group booking discounts

Contextual Consulting offer discounts for groups of people from the same organisation e.g. an NHS Trust that does not have a contract arrangement with us.

Please email us here  to arrange a group discount or find out more about our CPD contracts here.

By the end of this training, you will be able to:

  • Apply a blended approach of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) to effectively target OCD.
  • Utilise ACT processes, such as the hexaflex model, to facilitate acceptance-based and change-based interventions before, during, and after values-guided exposure exercises.
  • Introduce the W.I.S.E. M.O.V.E.S approach to effectively guide both planned values-based exposures and spontaneous values-based exposures during therapy sessions.
  • Recognise and address specific barriers or obstacles that may arise when facilitating values-based exposures or implementing the W.I.S.E. M.O.V.E.S approach.
  • Identify specific psychological processes that clients may be stuck with, which contribute to reinforcing OCD episodes and limiting their overall quality of life.

APA psychologists: This program is sponsored by Contextual Consulting and is approved for 4 CE credits for psychologists. 

Behaviour analysts: This workshop is available for 4 BACB Learning CEUs. Contextual Consulting is an approved BACB ACE Provider # OP-20-3415.

Nationally certified counselors: This workshop is available for 4 credit hours. Contextual Consulting Ltd. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7578. 

To find out more, including attendance requirements and how to access your certificate, go to our continuing education information page.

If you have disability and require adjustments or accommodation, please email us at to discuss your needs and we will do our best to help you.

Booking cancellation 

The registration fee will be refunded minus a administration charge if cancellations are received at least two weeks before the workshop date.

Cancellations within two weeks of the event date are charged the full registration fee, other than in exceptional circumstances that can be verified.

Event cancellation 
In the event of cancellation of the course outside of our control we will not be held accountable for travel and/or accommodation costs incurred. However, the workshop fees will be refunded.

All workshops will be subject to minimum delegate numbers being met; in the event that a workshop should be cancelled delegates will be given no less than 2 months’ notice.

Replacing delegates

If a delegate is unable to attend and a replacement is nominated there may be a charge depending on the individual circumstances, this will be advised at the time. Please contact the us to request a replacement of delegates at least a week before the workshop date.

Contextual Consulting is committed to the identification and resolution of potential conflicts of interest in the planning, promotion, delivery, and evaluation of continuing education. Potential conflicts of interest occur when an individual assumes a professional role in the planning, promotion, delivery, or evaluation of continuing education where personal, professional, legal, financial, or other interests could reasonably be expected to impair their objectivity, competence, or effectiveness.

There was no commercial support for this event. None of the planners or presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

ACT for obsessive compulsive disorder
2 sessions: 6th - 7th Nov 2024
Starts: 6th Nov 2024: 1:00 PM (New York time)
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