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CE Workshop: An Evidence-Based Approach to Assess, Diagnose and Treat OCD...
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When: Friday, October 19, 2018
Where: GPA Office
13 Corporate Blvd. NE
Suite 220
Atlanta, Georgia  30329
United States
Presenter: Josh Spitalnick, PhD, ABPP and Jordan Cattie, PhD
Contact: Staci Bratcher, Director of Operations
404-634-6272, ext. 208

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Workshop Title: An Evidence-Based Approach to Assess, Diagnose and Treat OCD with the Gold Standard: Exposure and Response Prevention

Workshop Description: 

Studies find that it takes most individuals with OCD between 7 and 12 years to access effective treatment. Barriers to care include stigma and reluctance to disclose ‘taboo’ thought content, lack of routine screening practices, and lack of access to trained providers. The nature of OCD symptoms and underserved status of this population present numerous practical and ethical questions, such as: “Is this a fear-of-self-harm obsession or suicidality? Am I comfortable inducing discomfort during exposure therapy? Should I treat, consult and treat, or refer this patient if I do not routinely provide ERP?” Presenters will review ways that mental health providers can make a difference at any level of involvement with this population through effective screening, provision of psychoeducation, consultation, and evidence-based practice. This workshop will examine the initial encounters with individuals suffering from OCD symptoms in relation to the APA Ethics Code’s general principles (Beneficience/Nonmaleficence, Fidelity and Responsibility, Integrity, Justice, and Respect for People’s Rights and Dignity). Recommended ethical practices, in light of the specific challenges facing this population, will be reviewed. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Briefly review background on OCD symptomatology and pragmatics of diagnosis and ERP treatment. 
  2. Discuss common ethical and practical concerns that emerge during assessment and treatment of OCD, and harm to patients that can result from well-intentioned responses (Beneficence and Nonmaleficence). Examples include reporting issues around ‘harm thoughts’, differential diagnosis between harm OCD and suicidality.
  3. Given the resource gap in this area, identify how mental health providers can most ethically provide assistance to patients through screening, psychoeducation, consultation, and referral (Fidelity and Responsibility; Justice). 
  4. Describe updates to theoretical models for treating O-C spectrum disorders that have occurred within the past few years, to inform evidence-based practice. This section designed to increase participants’ Professional Competence in this area. 

CE Hours: 3 Ethics 

Level: Intermediate 

About the Presenters:

Dr. Josh Spitalnick is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Board Certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology, and Owner of Spitalnick & Associates, a group practice specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychoeducational evaluations located in Dunwoody, GA. Dr. Spitalnick specializes in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, anxiety and mood disorders, stress and trauma, and difficulties in various personal and professional relationships. He also specializes in the use of Exposure-based therapies for anxiety disorders. He is on the Board Member of OCD Georgia, and holds an appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Emory University’s School of Medicine. Dr. Spitalnick is also active as a research scientist specializing in developing healthcare-related technologies. Dr. Spitalnick has been lead investigator for numerous National Institute of Health, CDC, and Military grants for topics including pediatric anxiety, social phobia, HIV risk prevention, chronic disease management, PTSD, and addictions, with over 25 peer reviewed publications.

Dr. Jordan Cattie is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor at Emory University Department of Psychiatry. She trained at the doctoral, internship, and postdoctoral level at the OCD Institute at McLean Hospital in the intensive residential program for OCD, where she developed her passion for treating and studying OCD, and addressing the provider gap in this area. Her professional activities are focused on increasing access to evidence-based treatments for OCD and related disorders through clinical, research, and training activities. Clinically, Dr. Cattie specializes in the treatment of OCD and anxiety, utilizing primarily Exposure with Response Prevention, other Cognitive-Behavioral tools, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Dr. Cattie is the founding director of Emory’s OCD Program, Co-director of the Emory Outpatient Psychiatry Practicum, leader of a telemedicine pilot in OCD, and the current Vice-President of OCD Georgia.  

Registration Costs (per workshop):

Early Bird Registration (Must be postmarked on or before October 5, 2018 to receive this rate.)

  • $70: GPA Members
  • $105: Non-members
  • $20: *GPA Student Members

Registration (After October 5, 2018)

  • $80: GPA Members
  • $115: Non-members
  • $30: *GPA Student Members

Must be logged into member profile to receive member rate.

*If a GPA Student Member needs continuing education credits, he/she will need to pay the higher GPA Member fee regardless of status as a student.

Cancellation Policy:
All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Staci Bratcher via email ( A $35 cancellation fee will be charged for any cancellations prior to October 5, 2018. No refunds will be given after October 5, 2018.

The Georgia Psychological Association is proud to sponsor and support a wide variety of workshops throughout the year as an APA approved sponsor of Continuing Education.