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Fri, Jul 19


Online Event

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for Supporting System-Involved Youth with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Marya Wright, DSW, MSW, BSW

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for Supporting System-Involved Youth with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for Supporting System-Involved Youth with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Time & Location

Jul 19, 2024, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM PDT

Online Event

About the Event

Marya Wright, DSW, MSW, BSW

Training Description

System-involved youth diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can experience significant challenges in daily functioning, relationships, and overall well-being. To effectively support these individuals, evidence-based strategies should be tailored to their unique needs.

During this training, participants will gain a thorough understanding of OCD and its prevalence among system-involved youth, debunking common misconceptions and exploring the impact of the disorder on various aspects of life. Through interactive sessions, they will learn about the evidenced-based treatment approach of ERP, its effectiveness in reducing OCD symptoms, and its superiority over other modalities.

The training will explain how the practical aspects of ERP can guide professionals in identifying specific obsessions and compulsions, understanding their functions, and developing tailored exposure hierarchies. Through role-playing exercises and case discussions, participants will learn how to design exposures and implement response prevention techniques effectively. The training addresses crucial ethical considerations, cultural competence, and strategies for managing resistance and enhancing motivation with system-involved youth. Participants will explore the importance of ongoing supervision and consultation when providing high-quality ERP strategies, with opportunities for case consultation and feedback.By the end of the training, professionals will emerge equipped with practical skills, evidence-based techniques, and a deeper understanding of how to support system-involved youth with OCD effectively. The material will be delivered by PowerPoint presentation, short video clips, group discussion, breakout (small group) discussions and participant workbook (handout).

Learning Objectives

· Identify at least three specific symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) commonly observed among system-involved youth and at least 2 common functional impacts of OCD on youth.

· Identify at least 2 principles of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy which support ERP as an evidence-based practice for OCD in youth.

· Identify at least 2 common challenges and 2 ethical considerations for providing ERP therapy to system-involved youth with OCD.


10:00 – 10:05am  Welcome and Training Purpose

10:05 – 10:15am  Objectives and Learning Goals

10:15 – 10:30am  Understanding OCD in system-involved youth

10:30 – 10:45am  Definition and key characteristics of OCD

10:45 – 11:00am  Evidence-based practices for OCD

11:00 – 11:10am  Overview of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy

11:10 – 11:35am  Explanation of how ERP works to reduce OCD symptoms

11:35 – 11:45am  Comparison with other treatment modalities

11:45am – 12pm  Group activity: Discuss modalities used & youth experiences

12:00 – 1:00pm  Lunch (CE hours will not be offered for this time)

1:00 – 1:15pm  Designing and Implementing Exposure Hierarchies

1:15 – 1:25pm  Steps in creating exposure hierarchies tailored to individual youth

1:25 – 1:30pm  Response Prevention Techniques

1:30 – 1:45pm  Managing Resistance and Enhancing Motivation

1:45 – 2:00pm  Break (CE hours will not be offered for this time)

2:00 – 2:15pm  Managing Resistance and Enhancing Motivation (cont.)

2:15 – 2:30pm  Understanding common barriers to engaging in ERP

2:30 – 2:45pm  Ethical Considerations and Cultural Competence

2:45 – 3:00pm  Cultural factors influencing OCD presentation and treatment

3:00 – 3:15pm  Supervision and Consultation

3:15 – 3:30pm  Importance of ongoing supervision and consultation in providing effective ERP to system-involved   youth

3:30 – 3:45pm  Resources for finding supervision and consultation opportunities 

3:45 – 4:00pm  Wrap & Closing

Meet Our Trainer

Marya Wright, DSW MSW BSW, is a nationally recognized social worker, consultant, educator, and facilitator with extensive experience in organizational leadership, child welfare services, and curriculum development. As the President and CEO of Wright Community Services LLC, Dr. Wright is dedicated to empowering system-involved families through awareness, services, and education. She also provides consultation, training, and facilitation to agencies serving these communities.

Dr. Wright earned her master’s in social work from Cal State East Bay, specializing in Child Welfare Policy and Research, and a bachelor’s in social work with a focus on Child Welfare Services and Motivational Interviewing from San Diego State University. She holds a Doctorate in Social Work from the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, focusing on achieving equal opportunity and justice in the child welfare system.

As a community leader, Dr. Wright prioritizes building relationships, networking, and collaborating with stakeholders to address social and economic issues faced by clients, aiming for justice and peace. She serves as a qualified expert witness and forensic social worker. Additionally, Dr. Wright sits on the Board of Directors for the California Society of Clinical Social Work and is actively involved with the National Association of Social Workers and California Chapter.

Dr. Wright’s research interests include child sexual exploitation, foster care, and algorithmic decision-making in child welfare. She has published articles and lectured extensively on these topics. Dr. Wright’s teaching experience includes courses in sociology and social work at Cal State East Bay, focusing on sexualities, child welfare policy, family sociology, and sexual violence. Currently, she serves as a professor in the graduate program teaching generalist practice, human behavior and social environment, and advance practice children youth and families.

This course meets the qualifications for (4.75) BBS CE hours for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.

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