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

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When and Where:

  • Dates: Friday & Saturday, June 23rd and 24th, 2023
  • Time: 10:00am - 5:30pm Eastern Time each day
  • CE Hours Included: 12 Core (please see below for details)
  • Location: Live Interactive Webinar (“Synchronous”) on Zoom
  • Investment: $304 before Friday, June 9th at 5:00pm Eastern Time, $324 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.
  • Instruction Level: Intermediate
  • Target Audience: Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Psychotherapists, Other Mental Health Professionals

Educational Objectives:

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • 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.
  • Analyze 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:

  • 9:30 - 10:00 Registration
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Workshop
  • 11:30 - 11:45 Break
  • 11:45 - 1:15 Workshop (Cont.)
  • 1:15 - 2:15 Lunch Break
  • 2:15 - 3:45 Workshop (Cont.)
  • 3:45 - 4:00 Break
  • 4:00 - 5:30 Workshop (Cont.)
  • 5:30 Continuing Education Certificates Available (2nd Day Only)

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
  • "Excellent - very knowledgeable, engaging. Loved the demonstrations." - HC, LPC
  • "I loved how engaging she was and how she let humor guide the energy. Thank you so much! Everything was wonderful." - EG
  • "One of the best workshops I've been to. Organized, very applicable, packed full." - CC, LCSW
  • "Dr. Becky was personable, engaging and had a good sense of humor and did not shy away from laughing at herself as well! The information presented was very valuable. I am a more visual learner and learn by watching, so I appreciated the demonstrations immensely." - CBS, LPC
  • "The presentation was very well done. Excellent and loads of content. Presented in a way that was engaging and interesting." - MD, LCSW
  • "Dr. Beaton-York is an exceptional presenter." - LG, LPC
  • "Dr. Becky is wonderful. The workshop was a great combination of being informative and keeping us entertained." - AF
  • "The workshop was impressive." - YS, LPC
  • "Becky is a fabulous teacher! She is extremely knowledgeable, engaging and funny. This course was full of essential information. This class provided me with so much new info! I definitely gained an understanding and skills that will help me better assist my clients." - LB, LPC

12 Core CE Clock Hours Included - Details by License Type Below:

  • PSYCHOLOGISTS: The Knowledge Tree (TKT) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. TKT maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For more detailed information on the current CE ruling in Georgia, or if you are licensed in another state or country, please click here.
  • COUNSELORS: The Knowledge Tree has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP), 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.
    • Counselors licensed in Georgia: Although approval through the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA-GA) is not required for CE credit since all our courses are NBCC-approved, TKT has applied for approval for this workshop through LPCA-GA as well.
    • Counselors licensed in another state: Please click here for more detailed information.
    • Counselors Licensed in Canada: TKT has applied for approval for this workshop through the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).

  • SOCIAL WORKERS: TKT has applied for approval for this workshop through the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work (GSCSW). If you are licensed in another state or country, please click here for more detailed information.
  • MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS: TKT has applied for approval for this workshop through the Georgia Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (GAMFT). If you are licensed in another state or country, please click here for more detailed information.

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