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Treating Clients with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Improve Psychological Flexibility through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy & Exposure and Ritual Prevention

Daniel J. Moran, PhD, BCBA-D
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Audio and Video
Dec 02, 2022
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You can dramatically improve the lives of people struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder by embracing the effective and seamless combination of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Exposure and Ritual Prevention (ERP).  Decades of research show that ERP is impactful for folks with compulsive, clinically-relevant habits, and ACT provides support in this endeavour by helping the person broaden their lifestyle to mindfully engage in vital, valuable, purposeful actions.

Watch ACT expert Daniel Moran, Ph.D., BCBA-D, as he not only improves your OCD therapeutic toolbox, but also provides experiential exercises that will be personally impactful for you!


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All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


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Daniel J. Moran, PhD, BCBA-D, is the former president of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), the international ACT organization with over 8,000 members worldwide. He co-authored the first case conceptualization manual for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy entitled ACT in Practice (New Harbinger) and served on the first ACT training committee.

As a recognized ACT trainer in the ACBS community, Dr. Moran has an engaging training style that has led him to be an invited keynote speaker for many events in the last decade. He has also been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Network, TLC, and The Discovery Channel discussing the treatment of many clinical disorders and has published several articles and book chapters, including publications with CBT pioneer Albert Ellis and ACT pioneer Steven Hayes.

Dr. Moran founded the MidAmerican Psychological Institute, a clinic in Chicagoland, and continues to supervise therapists and treat patients in that organization. His passion is for applying the ACT principles in important areas outside of the clinic, such as the boardroom or construction sites. He established Pickslyde Consulting in order to bring mindfulness and value-directed commitment skills to the workplace in order to improve safety, innovation and leadership. Dr. Moran has utilized ACT in work implementations and clinical training sites on six continents and in all 50 of the United States.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Daniel Moran is the founder, president & CEO of Pickslyde Consulting and the founder of He has employment relationships with Touro University and Dr. Moran receives royalties as a published author. He receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Daniel Moran is a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Sciences, the International OCD Foundation, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavior Analysis International, the Association for Behavioral & Cognitive Therapies, and the American Society of Safety Engineers.


  1. Assess the psychological flexibility of a person with OCD.
  2. Utilize interventions related to acceptance of private events, such as urges, impulses, and emotions, while treating a person with an obsessive-compulsive repertoire.
  3. Utilize interventions related to defusion from private verbal events, such as thoughts and obsessions, while treating a person with OCD.
  4. Utilize exposure and ritual prevention, in a functional manner, while treating a person with an obsessive-compulsive repertoire.
  5. Supplement exposure and ritual prevention with ACT, in order to aim to improve psychological flexibility for a person with OCD.


  • Assessing the Psychological Flexibility of a Person with OCD
  • Acceptance Interventions to Address Urges, Impulses, and Emotions
  • Defusion Interventions to Address thoughts and Obsessions
  • Exposure and Ritual Prevention, In A Functional Manner
  • Integrating Exposure and Ritual Prevention with ACT to Improve Psychological Flexibility

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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