Morality, Harm, & Society: Artfully Using Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP) with Today's Challenges - 5 CEUs

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When & Where:

  • Date: Friday, June 3, 2022
  • Time: 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT
  • CE Hours Included: 5 Core (please see below for more details)
  • Location: Live Interactive Webinar ("Synchronous") on Zoom
  • Investment: $115 before Friday, May 20 by 5:00 p.m. EDT, $130 after
  • Presented by: Patrick McGrath, Ph.D. & Jon Hershfield, LMFT (see bios below)
  • If you are not able to attend these dates, we will be making it available on-demand shortly after the live version. Follow this link to pre-register for the on-demand version:
  • 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:

  • Define Harm OCD, Moral Scrupulosity, Social Anxiety, & Agoraphobia and how this cluster of disorders has increased since COVID-19.
  • Describe Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP) exercises that can be used to help people with Harm OCD.
  • Identify creative ways to approach ERP that can be used to help people with Moral Scrupulosity.
  • Apply ERP techniques to the treatment of Social Anxiety and Agoraphobia, particularly since the absence of regular social contact for so many people during COVID-19 has worsened their fears and phobias.
  • Explain the use of Interoceptive-based ERP to clients to combat fears of panic sensations and the importance of leaning into them vs. trying to relax them away.
  • Contrast the provision of safety behaviors for anxiety and OCD in regular talk therapy to the use of response prevention in the use of ERP for these conditions.

Workshop Description:

While Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP) may have changed in the way it is delivered during COVID-19, the reasons and ways that it works have remained the same. To put it another way, we can know the science, but it is the art of it that can be difficult at times, particularly if you're utilizing telemental health.
Join anxiety and OCD experts Jon Hershfield and Dr. Patrick McGrath as they take you through the experience of the art of Exposure and Response Prevention therapy for Harm OCD, Moral Scrupulosity, Social Anxiety, and Agoraphobia. Now, at first glance, you may say, "That is an interesting collection of specific diagnoses to review!" And you are correct; it is interesting, but it also makes great sense. Due to COVID-19, people have become more and more concerned about harming other people, have been stuck in making the right decisions about how to act, have become more isolated, and have shown more anxiety as we get back into navigating the "in-person" world. Since these themes are likely to be quite prevalent amongst the clients you are seeing, join this talk to learn the best ways to manage their fears with ERP and avoid falling into the traps of safety-seeking behaviors that, while they feel good in the moment, keep people trapped in the long term.

Presented by: Patrick McGrath Ph.D.

Patrick B. McGrath, Ph.D., is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the states of Illinois, Michigan, and Missouri. Dr. McGrath specializes in the treatment for Anxiety, OCD, and PTSD. To treat these disorders, he utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure and Response Prevention.
Dr. McGrath has given over 800 presentations on the treatment of Anxiety Disorders, OCD, and PTSD at schools, hospitals, private practices and universities, as well as local, national, and international conferences. He has trained therapists national and internationally for PESI and the TATRA training corporations.
Dr. McGrath has supervised over 50 students in his career through practicum, internship, and postdoctoral fellowships. He is the author or co-author of numerous peer reviewed journal articles, and has also authored a book on OCD (The OCD Answer Book) and a stress management manual (Don’t Try Harder, Try Different).
Dr. McGrath currently serves as the Head of Clinical Services for NOCD, leading their teletherapy services across the United States to help people with OCD. He is also a Lead Psychologist at AMITA Health, where he opened Intensive Outpatient, Partial Hospital, and Residential Treatment Programs for Anxiety Disorders, OCD, and PTSD. He is also the President of Anxiety Centers of Illinois, a private practice group, and a member of the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Boards of the International OCD Foundation. He is a Fellow of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the President of OCD Midwest.

Jon Hershfield, LMFT

Jon Hershfield, MFT is a psychotherapist and director of The Center for OCD and Anxiety at Sheppard Pratt, which provides evidence-based outpatient care for individuals and families with OCD and related disorders. He also directs the OCD Program at the Retreat, Sheppard Pratt’s private pay residential program. Prior to joining Sheppard Pratt, Jon was Director of The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore, Associate Director of the UCLA Pediatric OCD Intensive Outpatient Program at Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, and psychotherapist at the OCD Center of Los Angeles. He is co-author of The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD and Everyday Mindfulness for OCD and author of When a Family Member Has OCD, Overcoming Harm OCD, and The OCD Workbook for Teens. Jon is a frequent speaker at International OCD Foundation events and webinars and the annual conference of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.


  • 10:00 - 10:30 Registration
  • 10:30 - 12:00 Welcome and Morning Session
  • 12:00 - 12:15 Break
  • 12:15 - 1:30 Morning Session (Cont.)
  • 1:30 - 2:30 Lunch Break
  • 2:30 - 3:45 Afternoon Session
  • 3:45 - 4:00 Break
  • 4:00 - 5:00 Afternoon Session (Cont.)
  • 5:00 - Continuing Education Certificates Available

5 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.
    • Georgia Psychologists: All online webinars (both real-time "synchronous" and on-demand "asynchronous") count the same as "live" throughout 2022 (including ethics). There is also a proposed Board rule to make this change permanent. Please stay tuned for updates.
    • 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.
  • 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 5 core CE hours through LPCA of Georgia, approval #2022-04-12-932LW.
    • 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.
    • Licensed in Canada? This workshop is approved for 5 credit hours through CCPA, event code 64957923.
  • Social Workers: This workshop is approved for 5 core CE hours through GSCSW, approval #040822. 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 5 core CE hours through GAMFT, approval #058-2022. 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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