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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.

Registration Information

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  • General Admission: $70.00
  • NYU Faculty & Staff: $52.50
  • NYU Silver Alumni (Graduate and Undergraduate degrees): $52.50
  • NYU Silver Post-Masters Certificate Program Alumni: $59.50
  • NYU Silver Current Field Instructors: $52.50
  • NYU Silver Current Students (space-available basis): $35.00
  • Non-NYU Current MSW and PhD Students (space-available basis): $46.69
  • 3+ from one agency: $52.50 each
  • Veterans: $35.00

All discounts must be applied before the event date.

Cancellations and Refunds

If after registering, you determine that you can no longer attend this event, The Office of Global and Lifelong Learning will issue refunds on the following basis:

  • Refund requests made on or before July 2 (by midnight): full refund
  • Refund requests made on or before July 6 (by midnight): 50% refund
  • Refund requests made on or after July 9: no refund

If this event is cancelled, all registrants will be fully reimbursed. To withdraw from and be reimbursed for this event, please complete the event withdrawal form.

Special Accommodations & Grievance Policy

Special Accommodations:
Students requiring accommodations have the opportunity to make these known upon registering or by writing to

Addressing Grievances:
Here is more information on our Grievance Guidelines. If you have questions or concerns contact (212) 998-9099.


NYSED and ACE approved for 3 CE hours.

New York University Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers {#SW-0012}.

NYU Silver School of Social Work, 1415 is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. NYU Silver School of Social Work maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 11/11/16 - 11/11/19. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 3 continuing education clock hours.

New York University Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors {#MHC-0083}.

For Mental Health Practitioners: Please check with your state, if you are not licensed in New York, to determine if these credits will be accepted for licensing renewal.

Contact Us

NYU Silver School of Social Work
Office of Global and Lifelong Learning
1 Washington Square North, G08
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-998-5973
Fax: 212-995-4497