Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Integrating cognitive and behavioral techniques in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Come join us for
The UNC-CH School of Social Work's Clinical Lecture Series
Integrating cognitive and behavioral techniques in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
presented by Jon Abramowitz, PhD
Monday, October 13, 2008

When: Monday, October 13, 2008, 12noon - 2pm (Arrive 11:30 for sign-in, "meet and greet," and refreshments.)
Where: Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium, School of Social Work, 325 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill
Registration: On line pre-registration ($20/event)
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Two contact hours available

This workshop highlights the use of cognitive therapy and imaginal exposure therapy techniques in the treatment of clients with so-called “pure obsessions” (obsessions without compulsive rituals), who are considered to be poor candidates for traditional behavior therapy for OCD. Dr. Abramowitz describes strategies that focus on clients’ interpretations of, and responses to, otherwise normal intrusive thoughts, as a way to manage their obsessional problems. Throughout, Dr. Abramowitz draws on empirical research and his rich clinical experience, and will use video and interactive demonstrations to illustrate the therapeutic techniques.
Jonathan S. Abramowitz, PhD, ABPP is a Licensed Psychologist, Associate Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Psychology, and Research Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also Founder and Director of the UNC Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic. Dr. Abramowitz conducts research on obsessive-compulsive and other anxiety disorders and has authored/edited five books and published over 100 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters on these topics. He is Associate Editor of two scientific journals in the field of cognitive-behavior therapy, and has received awards for his scientific and professional contributions by the American Psychological Association, Mayo Clinic, Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, and the National Institute of Mental Health.

Questions? Contact Debbie Barrett PhD, MSW at or 919.843.5818
For more information on the clinical lecture series, please visit


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People who have either condition typically overestimate the risk in a situation and underestimate their own resources for coping. Sufferers avoid what they fear instead of developing the skills to handle the kinds of situations that make them uncomfortable. Often enough, a lack of social skills is at the root. Some types of anxiety—obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and social phobia—are particularly associated with depression.

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