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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Seminar; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Invited Paper Session #4
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
1:00 PM–1:50 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Harbor Ballroom ABC
Domain: Service Delivery
Instruction Level: Basic
CE Instructor: Mike P. Twohig, Ph.D.
Chair: Emily Kennison Sandoz (University of Louisiana at Lafayette)
MIKE P. TWOHIG (Utah State University)
Michael P. Twohig, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in the state of Utah and a Professor of Psychology at Utah State University. He received his B.A. and M.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, his Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Reno, and completed his clinical internship at the University of British Columbia Hospital. He is past-President of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science, the organization most associated with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). His research focuses on the use of ACT across a variety of clinical presentations with an emphasis on obsessive compulsive and related disorders. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and two books: An ACT-Enhanced Behavior Therapy approach to the Treatment of Trichotillomania (with Woods) and ACT Verbatim for Depression and Anxiety (with Hayes). His research has been funded through multiple sources including the National Institute of Mental Health.
Abstract: Effective treatments exist for obsessive compulsive and related disorders. Still, these interventions are not effective for all. A team of researchers has been looking at the effectiveness of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), alone or in conjunction with other traditional behavioral procedures, as a unified treatment for obsessive compulsive and related disorders. To date there have been multiple smaller studies and randomized clinical trials of ACT for obsessive compulsive disorder as well as excoriation disorder (skin picking), trichotillomania (hair pulling), and compulsive pornography viewing. This presentation will offer a specific conceptualization of obsessive compulsive and related disorders that focuses on their relationships to experiential avoidance and psychological inflexibility. The outcomes of pertinent studies will be covered. Finally, a few clinical examples of its use will be offered.
Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts; licensed psychologists; graduate students.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) discuss the different obsessive compulsive and related disorders; (2) conceptualize these disorders from an ACT model; (3) discuss key assessment and treatment methods for obsessive compulsive and related disorders.



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