Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP): The Gold Standard in Anxiety & OCD Treatment - 12 CEUs


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When and Where:

  • Dates: Friday & Saturday, November 5 & 6, 2021
  • Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm EST each day
  • CE Hours Included: 12 Core
  • Location: Live Interactive Webinar (“Synchronous”) on Zoom
  • Investment: $295 before Friday, October 22 at 5:00pm EST, $315 after
  • Presented by: Becky Beaton-York, Ph.D. (see bio below)
  • Workshop Recording: A recording of this workshop is available to review for 60 days after the presentation. However, participants must attend live to receive the "Synchronous" CE Certificate.

Educational Objectives:

  • Compare the eight major anxiety disorders and the five major OC spectrum disorders as well as the most effective treatment approaches for each diagnosis according to the latest findings.
  • Review the importance of leaning into anxiety as opposed to trying to relax it away.
  • Discuss cutting-edge research on inhibitory learning and memory reconsolidation and how to apply this information to the treatment of anxiety and OCD in order to create lasting change.
  • Discuss why older techniques such as “thought-stopping” and distraction are merely neutralizers and are no longer considered treatment.
  • Explain the tenets of successful Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), the gold standard in the treatment of OCD as well as anxiety.
  • Describe the seven steps of effective ERP.
  • Apply ERP principles to obsessional thinking and rumination.
  • Explore the common therapeutic errors in ERP (ineffective handling of mental compulsions, providing reassurance, relaxation, distraction, dissociation, etc.).
  • Demonstrate exposure techniques and strategies via live demonstration and video clips.
  • Discuss utilizing mindfulness and ACT to enhance exposure.
  • Review Downward Arrow (excellent for any kind of "what if" rumination) and Interoceptive Exposure (the Gold Standard for Panic Disorder).

Workshop Description:

If you see individuals with anxiety and/or OCD, this workshop is a must. Current research regarding anxiety and OCD has dramatically changed the treatment paradigms for these disorders over the past couple of decades and particularly the last five years with Dr. Michelle Craske's research on Inhibitory Learning and other cutting edge research on Memory Reconsolidation.

We will review very specific and tailored treatments to be utilized with specific OCD presentations and specific anxiety diagnoses. For example, we will discuss the application of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorders and Interoceptives in the treatment of Panic Disorder and why these approaches are the gold standard in evidence-based treatment in order to achieve long-term benefits. Additionally, many of the anxiety and OC spectrum disorders have unique response system cycles, which also need to be addressed, particularly when the compulsions are entirely mental.

Finally, Dr. Beaton will also address the ramifications of COVID-19, and how to work with the individual's exacerbated fears around a very real threat. This workshop will be experiential and comprehensive, and participants should walk away with several new approaches that they can use immediately with their clients in order to facilitate maximum treatment potential with the most up-to-date treatment modalities.

Presented by: Becky Beaton-York, Ph.D.

Dr. Becky Beaton-York has specialized in treating Anxiety, Trauma, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) for over 30 years. She was the Founder of The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute (ASMI), a large specialty treatment facility in Atlanta, Georgia. She is also the Co-Founder of OCD Georgia, the state's affiliate of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF).

After selling ASMI, she became the Founder of The Knowledge Tree to help fulfill her passion for teaching and mentoring other therapists. You may have seen her on TLC's "Hoarding: Buried Alive" as the treating psychologist on over 60 episodes. Dr. Beaton-York has also made appearances on The Anderson Cooper Show, Good Morning America, The Meredith Vieira Show, and CNN Headline News. In 2005, Dr. Beaton-York was voted Counselor Educator of the Year and in 2015 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award both by the Licensed Professional Counselor's Association of Georgia. She has taught several hundred workshops both nationally and internationally and as an adjunct professor for both Georgia State and Emory Universities.

Dr. Beaton-York is known for her unusual combination of being extremely knowledgeable & scientific yet down-to-earth & easy to understand, while also being playful and humorous. Not only will you learn a ton, you'll have fun doing so.

Agenda Each Day:

  • 8:30 - 9:00 Registration
  • 9:00 - 10:30 Workshop
  • 10:30 - 10:45 Break
  • 10:45 - 12:15 Workshop (Cont.)
  • 12:15 - 1:15 Lunch Break
  • 1:15 - 2:45 Workshop (Cont.)
  • 2:45 - 3:00 Break
  • 3:00 - 4:30 Workshop (Cont.)
  • 4:30 Continuing Education Certificates Available

What people are saying about this workshop:

  • "The most valuable training I've taken in 10 years!!!" T.A., LPC
  • "This was the most comprehensive ERP treatment I've taken, and I've taken several. Now I get it! The seven steps were new to me and brought it all together." H.O., PsyD
  • "This training should be offered in every graduate program. The information is essential for treating anxiety, and especially OCD!!!" R.T., LCSW
  • "I see so many therapists say that they treat anxiety on their profiles. If they haven't had this training or another one on ERP, they are practicing below the standard of care!!!" M.N., PhD
  • "Becky was delightful - so knowledgeable, a great teacher, and really funny. I love her laugh." D.H., MFT
  • "Perhaps the best CEU training I have done!" - BMR, LPC
  • "I take a LOT of online courses and this was genuinely the best I have taken so far. Incredibly comprehensive but kept my attention throughout. Thank you!" - EG, LMFT

12 Core CE Clock Hours:

  • Psychologists: The Knowledge Tree (TKT) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. TKT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
    • For Georgia Psychologists, all online webinars (both live and on-demand) count the same as live for 2021 (including ethics). The Board states it will go back to the pre-COVID rules in 2022. You may complete all 40 CEUs this year while you have options.
    • Licensed in another state? The Knowledge Tree is a Continuing Education Sponsor Approved (CESA) by APA, so all of our workshops should satisfy your CE requirements, but please check your state rules regarding live webinars vs. live workshops.
  • Counselors: The Knowledge Tree has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7153. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Knowledge Tree is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This workshop is also approved for 12 core hours through LPCA of Georgia, approval #2021-09-21-628LW.
    • Licensed in another state? The Knowledge Tree has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) #7153, so all of our workshops should satisfy your CE requirements, but please check your state rules regarding live webinars vs. live workshops.
  • Social Workers: This workshop is approved for 12 core hours through Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work, approval #092021. Now in Georgia, Live Webinars count the same as a Live In-Person Workshop.
    • Licensed in another state? Please see the highlighted section below.*
  • Marriage & Family Therapists: This workshop is approved for 12 core hours through Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, approval #133-2021. Now in Georgia, Live Webinars count the same as a Live In-Person Workshop.
    • Licensed in another state? Please see the highlighted section below.*
  • *Licensed in another state as a social worker or marriage & family therapist? Many states will accept CEs for Social Workers & MFTs if that workshop has approved status from another state. Additionally, we have national approval for all our courses through APA & NBCC. Many states accept APA & NBCC approved workshops, but please check your specific state rules & regulations.
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