COVID-19 and uncertainty: Can we still do Exposure Therapy for OCD, by Jonathan Grayson, PhD

Topic Description:

For the first time in our lifetimes we are experiencing a world-wide pandemic that has disrupted the world. We don’t know exactly how or when it will end, but we do know there will be economic and mental consequences for almost everyone. In this environment, where we get conflicting advice of what we are to do to protect ourselves and loved ones, what kind of modifications can be made for the treatment of OCD? In this presentation, Dr. Grayson will discuss exposure with response prevention (ERP) in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic. He will cover doing exposure via tele-therapy, how to continue safely with contamination exposures, fear of harming others, health concerns about the coronavirus and other topics. There will be time for questions and answers on individual case issues and other pandemic related issues.

Speaker Bio:

Jonathan B. Grayson, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist (PSY26643), director of the Grayson LA Treatment Center for Anxiety & OCD and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California where he lectures and supervises residents. Dr. Grayson has been specializing in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) for more than 40 years and is a nationally recognized expert and author of Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A Personalized Recovery Program for Living with Uncertainty, a self-help guide for sufferers. In 2010, the International OCD Foundation awarded Dr. Grayson the Patty Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award for his devotion and contributions to the treatment of those with OCD. In October of 2010, the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies gave his book, Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, the Self Help Book of Merit Award, recognizing his book as providing sufferers with the highest level of information about the best practices treatment for OCD. Dr. Grayson has presented workshops and written numerous articles and book chapters for both professional and lay audiences, including two manual/ videotape sets made for the International OCD Foundation (The GOAL Handbook: Running a Successful Support Group for OCD and How to Recognize and Respond to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in School Age Children). His work and expertise has been featured in national media including, People Magazine, The Oprah Winfrey Show and Nightline. He serves on both the Scientific Advisory Board and the Speakers Bureau of the International OCD Foundation. In 1981, along with Gayle Frankel (the former president of the Philadelphia Affiliate of the OC Foundation), he started the first support group in the country for OCD. In 2015, Dr. Grayson helped to form and donate his time to a free GOAL support group in LA. Finally, he has the distinction of being the first and possibly the only professional to run a yearly OCD camping trip.