Annual Conference

OCD New Jersey

An affiliate of the International OCD Foundation

21st Annual Conference in a Virtual Environment
Sunday, April 25, 2021

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An Interactive Multimedia Presentation by Lisa Coyne, Ph.D:

“Fear and Flexibility: Integrating ACT with ERP to Shape Bravery-Based Behavior”
The “Living with OCD” Panel with those who deal with OCD every day
with instructor Marla Deibler, Psy.D.


This presentation will get “under the hood” of how exposure-based treatments work. The speaker will explore how to use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to enhance exposure-based treatment through supporting curiosity, willingness, and flexibility.

Specifically, the presenter will a) present an overview of exposure-based treatments; b) give an overview of ACT and its evidence-base; and c) discuss how to incorporate specific ACT strategies into exposure to strengthen learning in exposure-based treatment. Clinical examples will be used to illustrate therapeutic techniques, in addition to the workshop’s didactic content.

Target audience: professionals, individuals with OCD and their support persons

The Learning Objectives of the presentations will:

  • Describe how an approach to exposure based on ACT differs from exposure conducted from a traditional habituation rationale
  • Engage clients and their caregivers in effective rationales for exposure-based therapy, based on a psychological flexibility paradigm
  • Develop a therapeutic relationship characterized by acceptance, values, compassion and commitment, that supports the client in engaging in exposure-based treatment
  • Apply various methods suggested by the inhibitory learning paradigm to enhance exposure-based treatment, including using multiple contextual cues, stimulus variability. exposure menus, affect labelling, etc.
  • Engage clients using valuing as action and direction to “contextualise” exposure and place exposure-based tasks under appetitive control

More About Our Presenters:

Lisa Coyne, Ph.D.

Lisa Coyne, Ph.D. is the Founder and Senior Clinical Consultant of the McLean OCD Institute for Children and Adolescents at McLean Hospital, and is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the New England Center for OCD and Anxiety (NECOA) and was elected President of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS). She is a member of the Clinical and Scientific Advisory Board and is on the Faculty of the Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF). She is also a licensed psychologist (MA #9139), a peer-reviewed ACT trainer, and author. She has authored multiple articles and chapters on ACT with children and adolescents and is a co-author of the books Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Clinician’s Guide for Supporting Parents (Elsevier), and The Joy of Parenting (New Harbinger). Her new books, Stuff that’s Loud: A Teen’s Guide to Unspiralling When OCD Gets Noisy (New Harbinger & Little Brown), Stop Avoiding Stuff: 25 Microskills to Face Your Fears and Do It Anyway, were published in 2020.

Dr. Coyne has no identified conflicts of interest or sources of commercial support. NJPA ensures that permission to use proprietary information, and steps to safeguard such information, are discussed with presenters at NJPA co-sponsored programs. No materials (physical or electronic) provided to attendees at such programs may be shared.


Marla W. Deibler, Psy.D. 

Marla W. Deibler, Psy.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (NJ #4380) and the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Emotional Health of Greater Philadelphia (CEH), a multi-site, behavioral healthcare center specializing in the evaluation and evidence-based treatment of anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, and neurodevelopmental disorders, with office locations in Cherry Hill and Princeton, NJ and providing telehealth services across the US under the authority of The Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT).She is President of OCD New Jersey, the NJ affiliate of the International OCD Foundation.


Registration Fees:

To Register for the Conference!

Registration for Professionals to attend and earn 4 CE credits (before 4/23/21) – $65.00 USD

Registration for all other non credit attendees (before 4/23/21) – $25.00 USD

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