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A Spectrum of Obsessions: The Intersection of Autism and OCD


Wednesday, August 14, 2024, 12:00-1:30pm ET


Rebecca Berman, MSS, MLSP, LCSW, Clinical Director


Online via Zoom



Join Anxiety Institute as we explore the co-occurrence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Valuable tools and strategies to effectively assess, differentiate, and treat a comorbid presentation of autism and OCD will be presented. Overlapping symptoms, such as repetitive behaviors and fixations, will be examined while highlighting the unique cognitive and emotional characteristics of each condition. Using case studies, clinicians will gain insight into effective assessments, intervention strategies, and support for individuals affected by both autism and OCD.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and describe common behaviors and traits shared by ASD and OCD.
  • Define two differences in the cognitive and emotional profiles of patients with OCD and ASD and compare symptom presentations of each condition.
  • Evaluate key considerations for informed treatment planning and interventions.

Rebecca Berman, MSS, MLSP, LCSW

Clinical Director

BS, University of Delaware  //  MSS, MLSP, Bryn Mawr CollegeOver the last eighteen years, Rebecca Berman has treated adolescents and adults with anxiety-related issues and eating disorders in outpatient, intensive outpatient, day treatment, residential, and inpatient settings. Rebecca earned a dual Master’s Degree in Social Service / Law and Social Policy from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. Rebecca joins Anxiety Institute after fourteen years with the prestigious Renfrew Center where she served most recently as a Clinical Training Specialist. In that role, Rebecca was responsible for supervision, training, treatment, program development, and led Renfrew’s Trauma Informed Care initiative. Rebecca co-authored the groundbreaking treatment manual The Renfrew Unified Treatment for Eating Disorders and Comorbidity – An Adaptation of the Unified Protocol, published by Oxford University Press in 2021. Rebecca specializes in anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, and neurodiversity and has a special interest in working with the transgender population. Rebecca is a nationally recognized speaker in Trauma, Eating Disorders, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), Self-Injury, Neurodivergence, and Transdiagnostic Treatments.In recent years, Rebecca has witnessed first-hand the overlap of anxiety, trauma and eating disorders in the adolescent, young adult, and adult populations. She is passionate about treating multiple disorders at once by understanding their maintaining mechanisms and the role of experiential avoidance. Rebecca has been motivated to research, develop, and implement cutting-edge transdiagnostic treatment practices using the unified protocol and cognitive processing therapy.

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Phone: (203) 570-9623