ACT for OCD: using exposure exercises to help clients break free from OCD and live life to the full

Two hour webinar

Thursday 23rd September, 2021

Course Description

Thursday 23rd September, 2021
  8pm – 10pm UK time; 12pm – 2pm PDT (California). CLICK HERE to convert to your local time
Online Webinar + recording
Presenter: Dr. Patricia Zurita Ona

If you’re working with adult clients struggling with OCD, no matter where you’re in the treatment, and no matter how familiar you are with exposure-based interventions, in this webinar you will augment your clinical skills on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Exposure Response Prevention (ERP). It will help  to guide your clients in taming OCD, to bridge the gap between where they are and where they want to go in life.

All the content of this webinar aims to answer a specific question: how can I use ACT facilitate exposure interventions when working with OCD?

 At a general level, you will learn the scientific underpinnings behind contextual behavioral science and exposure therapy as the basis to understand how ACT + ERP blend together. As the webinar progresses, you will learn to train your eyes and ears to notice how the client is responding in therapy and how you’re responding to the client’s behaviors. You’ll learn how to use this  as a framework in deciding to either deliver “acceptance-based interventions” or “change-based interventions.”

Clinically speaking, 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 hexaflex – before, during and after values-guided exposure exercises.
  • Contextualize 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 W.I.S.E. M.O.V.E.S. 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.

To make the best of this workshop we’ll have different moments to practice and keep track of our own learning process on an individual level and as a group.

Dr Z says:

“I will  present you with ACT skills in a simple, uncomplicated, unpretentious, and jargon free manner. More importantly, I will share with you all the ACT skills and process that I introduce to my clients and I see them using day-to-day to make a real turn from surviving into thriving!”

About Your Presenter

Dr. Zurita Ona, aka Dr. Z, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in California. Her clinical work started first as a school psychologist and then as a clinical psychologist. She has significant experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with OCD, trauma, anxiety, and emotional regulation problems. Dr. Z’s clinical work was initially focused on emotion regulation in response to the different clinical settings she was delivering services; because of her passion on acceptance-based processes, she contributed to the literature on emotion regulation by publishing two self-help books for parents and adults respectively, and an academic workbook for clinicians.

Over the last 17 years, Dr. Z has been learning, practicing, and teaching Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and is passionate about its application to specific struggles such as perfectionism, procrastination, OCD, anxiety and related conditions. As Dr. Z’s career evolved she created a clinical setting to fully pursue her passion: fear-based struggles. Dr. Z is the founder of the East Bay Behavior Therapy Center, a boutique therapy practice, where she runs an intensive outpatient program integrating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) to support clients getting stuck from obsessions, fears, anxieties and worries; figure out what they care about, and do the stuff that matters to them.

In addition to her doctoral training, Dr. Z is a Fellow of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science; she’s a graduate of the International OCD foundation Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) for the treatment of pediatric OCD and adult OCD.

Dr. Z ‘s recent publications include The ACT Workbook for Teens with OCD: Unhook Yourself and Live Life to the Full and Living beyond OCD using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: a workbook for adults. She’s the founder of ACT beyond OCD, the first online class for OCD based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.


How do I access the webinar?

It’s super simple. The event will be hosted via Zoom. All you need to do is follow a link that you will be provided prior to the course, along with instructions. Just click and join the workshop 

Can I ask questions during the presentation?

Absolutely. You will be able to ask the presenter questions, just as you would in any workshop. You’ll also have the extra benefit of being able to interact with other colleagues who have also joined the webinar.

Will I receive a CPD certificate?

Yes, you will receive a CPD certificate.

Can I view the presentation afterwards?

Yes, a video of presentation will be available after the workshop is finished.  You’ll be able to go back over any part of the webinar to review or check anything that you missed. You also don’t actually have to attend the live webinar – if you’re not able to make it on the actual dates, you can still login afterwards and watch the recorded version.

What equipment do I need?

You just need a computer (PC or Mac), laptop or tablet that can access the internet. You need a good broadband speed that would allow you to comfortably stream a movie (such as a video on YouTube).

Can I still participate in any skills practice work?

Yes, Zoom allows you to easily connect with other participants’  in breakout rooms.

Will the Webinar work on my computer?

Yes! As long as you have access to a web browser and you’re connected to the internet, you will be able to attend. It’s that simple – all you need to do is go to the webpage link, login and you’re set to go. You can join the workshop on any device including your home computer or iPad. You can even join in using your smart phone.

How do I deal with any technical issues that come up?

We will have dedicated technicians on hand throughout the entire duration of the workshop. They will be there to help you manage any issues that may come up and get you back in to the workshop again. Also, if you think there may be a problem, be it with your work access or anything else, you can log in early to check if things are working for you, and be prepared.

There may of course be technical issues that come up on your end, which will be your responsibility to look after. But these are rare and we have an extra handy troubleshooting guide that comes with tips and tricks to deal with any problems.

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.

ACT for OCD: using exposure exercises to help clients break free from OCD and live life to the full
23 Sep 2021

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