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OCD and Exposure Response Prevention (ERP): How to Make Good Treatment Even Better


This course was held on November 29, 2022


Stacey Dobrinsky, PhD, Director of Training

This presentation is the third in a series about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and its treatment.

The goal of this presentation is to provide the participants with practical information and knowledge on how to improve their implementation of ERP, both within and between therapy sessions. It will focus on the nuances of treatment, and will include significant time spent on troubleshooting difficult situations and clients. Additionally, this presentation will present additional, evidence-based ways to “supercharge” ERP, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and inhibitory learning theories.

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will be able to identify the common mistakes that therapists make when implementing ERP and how to correct them
  • Attendees will learn how to improve and “supercharge” treatment for clients who are treatment resistant or slow to respond to ERP
  • Attendees will learn common reasons clients may not be responding to ERP and how to improve client response to treatment


Twohig, M. et al. (2018). Adding acceptance and commitment therapy to exposure and response prevention for obsessive compulsive disorder: A randomized control trial. Psychology Faculty Publications. Paper 1755

Craske, M. et al. (2014). Maximizing exposure therapy: An inhibitory learning approach. Behavior Research and Therapy, 58; 10-23.

Gillihan, S. et al. (2012). Common pitfalls in exposure and response prevention (EX/RP) for OCD. Journal of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders. 1(4); 251-257.

Stacey Dobrinsky, PhD

Director of Training

Stacey Dobrinsky, PhD

BA, Rutgers University // MA, Montclair State University // MEd, University of Florida // PhD, University of Florida

Dr. Stacey Dobrinsky has over ten years of experience treating children and adolescents with OCD and anxiety disorders. She was a founding faculty member of the McLean OCD Institute for Children and Adolescent program (OCD Jr.) and ultimately served as the Clinical Director. Stacey specializes in severe, treatment refractory anxiety and OCD while utilizing a combination of Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) in her treatment.

She has been trained through the International OCD Foundation’s Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) and has completed the Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) training. She is also certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD. Stacey has given multiple presentations on OCD, Anxiety and ACT, both locally and nationally.

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