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Digital Seminar

The New Exposure Therapy: How Inhibitory Learning Can Improve Outcomes for OCD and Anxiety Disorders

Lisa Coyne, PhD
1 Hour 14 Minutes
Audio and Video
Dec 04, 2020
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Specific training on how to effectively implement exposure and response prevention for obsessive compulsive disorder and related anxiety disorders and related disorders is rare, and data suggest that even when individuals are trained in cognitive behavioural therapy, they often do not use exposure, or do not use it appropriately. In addition, the relative rarity of well-trained ERP practitioners makes it extremely difficult for OCD sufferers to find appropriate care, and many often wait years to get treatment. Finally, recent research on inhibitory learning, or how exposure works, suggests specific guidelines for amplifying treatment efficacy. Thus, this training serves a specific need in the field.


- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 1 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Dr. Coyne has her PhD in Clinical Psychology and completed her post-doctoral training in Pediatric Psychology in the Pediatric Anxiety Research Clinic in William Alpert Medical School of Brown University in 2005. She is the Founder and Senior Clinical Consultant of the McLean OCD Institute for Children and Adolescents at McLean Hospital, and is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the New England Center for OCD and Anxiety (NECOA) and was elected President of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) in 2019. She is member of the Clinical and Scientific Advisory Board and is on the Faculty of the Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF). She is also a licensed psychologist, a peer-reviewed ACT trainer, and author. She has authored multiple articles and chapters on ACT with children and adolescents and is a co-author of the books Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Clinician’s Guide for Supporting Parents (Elsevier), and The Joy of Parenting (New Harbinger). Her new books, Stuff That’s Loud: A Teen’s Guide to Unspiralling When OCD Gets Noisy (New Harbinger & Little Brown), Stop Avoiding Stuff: 25 Microskills to Face Your Fears and Do It Anyway, were published in 2020.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Lisa Coyne is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. She is a senior clinical consultant at child and Adolescent OCD Institute. Dr. Coyne is an author and receives royalties. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Lisa Coyne has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


  1. Evaluate exposure and response prevention and its efficacy.
  2. Determine the inhibitory learning model of exposure therapies.
  3. Analyze how exposure works from the perspective of inhibitory learning.
  4. Design and conduct exposure exercises that support inhibitory learning.


  • How to structure exposure and response prevention hierarchies and "menus" consistent with inhibitory learning principles
  • How to support expectancy violation
  • How to minimize covert avoidance during exposure exercises
  • How to improve generalization and maintenance

Target Audience

  • Counsellors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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