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Co-Occurring ASD and OCD: Treatment Implications presented by Rebecca Sachs, PhD, ABPP

  • 14 Apr 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Zoom
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  • Morris County Psychological Association 

    Invites you to join us at our monthly zoom program:

  • Co-Occurring ASD and OCD:  Treatment Implications

    Presented by:

    Rebecca Sachs, PhD ABPP

    Rebecca Sachs, PhD ABPP, is a clinical psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of individuals on the Autism spectrum, with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and severe anxiety. 

    People with Autism (ASD) are prone to develop co-occurring psychiatric conditions at various points across the lifespan.  However, these individuals are often unable to access Cognitive Behavior Treatment (CBT) for Anxiety/OCD.  Many therapists want to use CBT tools to address Anxiety/OCD in autistic patients, but may erroneously believe that ASD is intrinsically different and that they cannot effectively treat this population.  This talk is designed to bridge the knowledge and confidence gap and understand how to modify treatment when working with these co-occurring conditions. 


    Learning Objectives:  By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • 1.             List the different functions of behavior and summarize how a functional assessment of challenging behaviors can improve treatment planning when working with co-occurring ASD and Anxiety/OCD.

  • 2.             Develop and create a case conceptualization that integrates ASD core challenges/characteristic with comorbid Anxiety/OCD symptomatology

  • 3.             Recognize and utilize specific interventions and modifications informed to deliver CBT when working with co-occurring ASD and Anxiety/OCD

  • 4.             Use Motivational Interviewing to address psychological inflexibility and readiness to use CGT interventions when working with co-occurring ASD and Anxiety/OCD.  

This program is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, physicians and graduate students. It will be presented at an intermediate level, meant for those with some prior knowledge of the subject matter. The presenter does not have any commercial support and/ or conflict of interest for this program.

When:       Wednesday, April 14th 2021

                  9:30-10:30 a.m. (9:00-9:30 "zoom coffee")

Where:      zoom – address emailed prior to the event upon


Cost:         $20 (non-MCPA members)

                  $10 (MCPA members)

                  $0 students


Contact:   Nancy Sidhu at nancysidhumcpa@gmail.com if you have any questions or prefer not to register online. Anyone requesting accommodations as per Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact Nancy Sidhu 14 days ahead of the zoom event.

Please register online by Monday, April 12th 2021 at www.mcpanj.com

Refunds will be granted for cancellations more than 24 hours in advance of the event start time or due to technological difficulties with the zoom process.

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