Acceptance and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2018 | 6:00-9:00 p.m.

194 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10012

NYSED and ACE Approved for 3 CE contact hours


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a serious and long lasting mental health disorder. While it is quite prevalent in the general population, it often is misunderstood and goes undiagnosed. OCD sufferers may go years before they receive an accurate diagnosis and therefore effective treatment.

This seminar will explore the many different faces of OCD, and the treatments that have been shown by research to be effective. Particular emphasis will be placed on combining mindfulness and acceptance-based practices with traditional exposure and response prevention techniques in order to foster effective treatment and sustained recovery.

Participants will develop an increased capacity to assess, diagnosis, and successfully treat people struggling with OCD. Participants will develop proficiency in providing psychoeducation, mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy, and exposure and response prevention on behalf of clients served.

Learning Objectives


  • Gain an understanding of the different types of OCD.
  • Demonstrate an increased ability to distinguish between OCD and other anxiety disorders.
  • Learn how to provide OCD related evidence-based pscho-education to clients served.

Tentative Schedule

I. 6:00 pm - 6:15 pm Introduction and Overview
II. 6:15 pm - 6:30 pm Assessment and DSM 5 Criteria
III. 6:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Different Types of OCD
IV. 6:45 pm - 7:00 pm Theoretical Principles of Mindfulness and Acceptance-Based CBT
V. 7:00 pm - 7:15pm Break
VI. 7:15 pm - 7:30 pm Theoretical Principles of Exposure and Response Prevention
VII. 7:30 pm - 7:45 pm  Psycho-education and Treatment Orientation
VIII. 7:45 pm - 8:00pm

Interactive Exercise Demonstrating Application of Theoretical Principles and Treatment Orientation to OCD: 

  • Demonstration (role play)
IX. 8:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Creating a context for acceptance and mindfulness in treatment 

  • Experiential exercise
X. 8:15 pm - 8:30 pm Acceptance and Valued Living as Alternatives to Managing Symptoms
XI. 8:30 pm - 8:50 pm Creating Flexible Patterns of Behavior through Exposure 
XII. 8:50 pm - 9:00 pm Summary and Q&A


Matt Wofsy, LCSW-R


Matt Wofsy, LCSW-R, is the former Director of Evidence-Based Treatment and Practice Innovation at the Institute for Community Living, where he was responsible for the identification, dissemination, and implementation of best practices throughout a large behavioral health care agency. He has extensive training experience in the area of adapting evidence-based practices to diverse clinical settings and has presented his work at several statewide and national conferences. Mr. Wofsy is the recipient of the 2011 Exemplary Mid-Career Social Work Leader Award from the New York City chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and is the co-author of the Guilford Press book, Therapy in the Real World. He is the co-founder of Sound Behavioral Health, and an adjunct professor at the New York University Silver School of Social Work. Mr. Wofsy maintains a private practice in New York City.

Brian Mundy, LCSW-R


Brian Mundy, LCSW-R, practices individual, couples, and family behavioral therapy in private practice, and is the recipient of the 2012 National Association of Social Workers-NYC Emerging Leader Award. He is a co-author of the Guilford Press book , Therapy in the Real World, and has authored peer-reviewed chapters and articles on trauma, family therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. He is a co-founder, trainer, and consultant for Sound Behavioral Health, and an adjunct professor at the New York University Silver School of Social Work.