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The Art Behind the Science of Treating OCD: Overcoming Obstacles

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Where: The Olympic Collection
11301 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, California  90064
United States
Contact: LACPA

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Saturday, April 13, 2019   9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

6.0 CE Credits


The Art Behind the Science of Treating OCD: Overcoming Obstacles


Presenter: Jonathan Grayson, Ph.D. 






Held at The Olympic Collection, Los Angeles

 Program fee includes continental breakfast and PM snack.

Lunch is on your own.



LACPA Members $175            LACPA Student Members $95

Non-Members $215                Student Non-Member $115*

*Must submit proof of current student status.



Pre-registration ends Wednesday, April, 10th at 9:00 PM

On-site registration will be available at an additional $20.00 if space permits.



Designing a treatment of exposure/response prevention is relatively simple, but obtaining compliance is an art.  For many sufferers, complying with treatment feels impossible.  Far too often professionals have focused on ‘resistance' to ERP as a reason to try a different and less effective treatment. In this workshop, the Dr. Grayson will discuss these treatment issues and solutions.  Topics will include proper treatment preparation, co-morbidity, difficult OCD manifestations and Strategic Pressure for treatment refusal.


Jonathan B. Grayson, Ph.D. is a psychologist, Director of the Grayson Center and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California where he lectures and supervises residents.  Dr. Grayson has been specializing in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) for more than 40 years and is a nationally recognized expert and author of Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A Personalized Recovery Program for Living with Uncertainty, a self-help guide for sufferers. In 2010, the International OCD Foundation awarded Dr. Grayson the Patty Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award for his devotion and contributions to the treatment of those with OCD. In October of 2010, the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies gave his book, Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, the Self Help Book of Merit Award, recognizing his book as providing sufferers with the highest level of information about the best practices treatment for OCD. Dr. Grayson has presented workshops and written numerous articles and book chapters for both professional and lay audiences, including two manual/ videotape sets made for the International OCD Foundation (The GOAL Handbook: Running a Successful Support Group for OCD and How to Recognize and Respond to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in School Age Children). His work and expertise has been featured in national media including, People MagazineThe Oprah Winfrey Show and Nightline. He serves on both the Scientific Advisory Board and the Speakers Bureau of the International OCD Foundation. In 1981, along with Gayle Frankel (the former president of the Philadelphia Affiliate of the OC Foundation), he started the first support group in the country for OCD. In 2015, helped to form and donate his time to a free GOAL support group in LA. Finally, he has the distinction of being the first and professional to run a yearly OCD camping trip.



1.          Attendees will know how to help clients become treatment ready depending upon the sufferers’ form of OCD;

2.          Attendees will learn how to identify different sources of treatment resistance, including how to determine when co-morbid issues do or don’t play a role;

3.          Attendees will learn different techniques for motivating clients/overcoming client resistance in treatment;

4.          Attendees will learn how to incorporate principles of acceptance and commitment (ACT) into state of the art exposure and response prevention protocols.

5.          Attendees will learn the principles and design of Strategic Pressure for treatment refusing children and/or adult children living at home.


Course Outline:

1.          30 minutes >       Uncertainty: The Core of OCD and How This Informs Treatment

2.          60 minutes >       Obtaining Patient Compliance for the Goal of Treatment: Living with Uncertainty

a.          Helping the Client to Understand OCD

b.          Proper/Improper Use of CT Techniques

c.           Incorporating ACT

          15-minute break

3.          60 minutes >       Comorbidity Issues

a.          Merged vs Unmerged OCD


4.          2 hours >   Primary Mental Obsessions

a.          Scrupulosity

b.          Sexuality and OCD – Pedophile OCD

c.           Violent Obsessions

d.          Neutral Obsessions/Obsessing About Obsessing/Sensory-Focused Obsessions

          15-minute break

                     5.          60 minutes >       Strategic Pressure – The Treatment Of Last Resort For Treatment Refusing Sufferers

6.          30 minutes >       Q & A


Program, presenter, date, and location are all subject to change.

Cancellation Policy: To receive a refund, a written request must be received the Monday before the scheduled date of the program. Refunds will be processed within 30 days. A $35 processing fee is deducted from all refunds. Should it become necessary to cancel a course, those who have registered will be notified in writing, and the full course fee will be refunded.

It is important to note that APA continuing education rules require that LACPA only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop.  An evaluation of the workshop must be completed. Those who arrive more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time or leave before the workshop is complete will not receive CE credit. Partial credit may not be given. 


The Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LACPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


This course may be taken to satisfy the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) continuing education requirements. 

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