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The 5th Annual Expressive Therapies Summit

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Sunday, November 9 • 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Storytelling & CBT for Treating Anxiety and OCD: A Strategy for Success

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ROOM 712

This three-hour didactic session will introduce a series of narrative stories that capture the phenomenological experience of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) as well as other presentations of anxiety, such as Panic Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder. We will employ metaphors to help illustrate and explain the sometimes bizarre, often paradoxical, nature of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), the behavioral treatment of choice in addressing these disorders, as well as exploring ways to change one's relationship with fear. In ways that standard didactic practices cannot achieve, the use of narrative metaphors allows participants a fuller phenomenological appreciation of the experience of complex anxiety disorders, and a better comprehension of the rationale and mechanistic underpinnings of ERP. This presentation also features a unique and inventive repackaging of standard CBT practices for the treatment of OCD and other anxiety disorders. Prepare to be entertained, intrigued, and educated in ways you would have not expected, and leave this presentation inspired to utilize this imaginative approach with your clients.


Allen H. Weg, EdD

Allen Weg is a licensed psychologist in New Jersey. He is founder and director of Stress and Anxiety Services of New Jersey, an independent clinic, specializing in the cognitive behavioral therapy of anxiety disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. Allen is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF); faculty member and certified by the Behavior Therapy Training Institute of the IOCDF, and... Read More →

Sunday November 9, 2014 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Executive Conference Center 1601 Broadway, New York, NY