Event Registration - Indiana Psychological Association
Homestudy Program: Addressing Myths and Implementation Barriers of Exposure Therapy in OCD and Anxiety (Plinovich, orig. 11.11.2022)
7/9/2024 - 12/31/2050

Location: Virtual Event

Event Description

We are pleased that you are interested in IPA's Homestudy Continuing Education Programs!

This process is straightforward:  Watch the recording. Complete the evaluation and pass the short test. Receive CE certificate via email.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email, including a critical link and confirmation code. At the very bottom of the email message, you will find an Attendee Confirmation Code for (name) and a link to Log in to event portal at (link). Once logged in, you will see instructions and links to the recording as well as the evaluation and test.


Originally offered as:
IPA 2022 Webinar Series
1.5 Hour of Category I CE credit

Friday, November 11th, 2022, 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET

Addressing Myths and Implementation Barriers of Exposure Therapy in OCD and Anxiety
A large body of evidence supports the efficacy of exposure and response prevention (ERP) or exposure therapy for the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and anxiety disorders (e.g., panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, phobias) and is considered first-line treatment for these disorders. Despite decades of empirical evidence, many therapists do not use exposure therapy in their work. Those who do employ exposure therapy often encounter implementation challenges and barriers. This presentation first addresses the misconceptions and dissemination challenges of exposure therapy. These include 1) concerns related to the generalizability of manualized treatments; 2) fear of negative patient/parent reactions to exposures; 3) mistaken beliefs that exposures cause harm; 4) practical limitations such as session length and workplace policies; and 5) lack of training and resources. Secondly, this presentation addresses implementation challenges of exposure therapy. These include 1) setting the foundation for exposure therapy (e.g., clear explanation of treatment rationale and trajectory, therapeutic alliance); 2) confidently identify and addressing core fears; 3) pitfalls of encouraging distraction, providing reassurance, or catering to excessive emotional distress during exposure; 4) effective handling of covert safety behaviors and rumination; 5) knowing when to use interoceptive, in vivo, or imaginal exposures; 6) working with significant others and family; 7) use of exposures that do not contribute to minority stress; 8) incorporating other evidence-based interventions; and 9) adapting exposures in the context of COVID-19. Alleviating clinicians'  concerns related to the use and implementation of exposure therapy will hopefully encourage wider adoption of its use. Ultimately this benefits consumers who will have greater access to effective evidence-based treatments. 

Learning Objectives: 
By completing this program, participants will able to:
1.  dispel misconceptions related to the use of exposure therapy.
2.  solve issues related to practical limitations and lack of training/resources related to exposure therapy.
3.  identify implementation challenges that prevent effective delivery of exposure therapy.
4.  apply nuanced exposure therapy interventions in the context of implementation challenges.
5.  apply exposure interventions that do not contribute to minority stress.

Presenter Bio:  Heather M. Plinovich, PhD, HSPP
Heather (Chik) Plinovich, Ph.D., HSPP is a licensed clinical psychologist and is the founder and director of the Anxiety & OCD Behavioral Health Center (AOBHC). She is a board member of OCD Midwest, an affiliate of the International OCD Foundation. Dr. Plinovich is licensed in Indiana and Illinois and has the Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology (APIT) under the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT). She has nearly two decades of clinical, research, teaching, and supervision experience and is a leading provider of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) for anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and related mood and behavioral disorders. Dr. Plinovich previously served as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at Indiana University Northwest, and was a member of the communications committee for the Indiana Psychological Association. Dr. Plinovich has published in professional journals, co-written book chapters, and enjoys speaking at conferences and various community events. She holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (formerly the Chicago Medical School) and received training and mentorship from several leading providers of anxiety disorders and OCD treatment in Canada and the United States.

Dr. Heather (Chik) Plinovich

Special Note to Conference Attendees
The Indiana Psychological Association (IPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Indiana Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Indiana State Psychology Board and Indiana Behavioral Health Board:
  • IPA is an approved provider of Category I continuing education for psychologists.
  • IPA is an approved provider of Category I continuing education for LSW, LCSW, LMFT, LMHC, LMFTA, LCAC and LAC.
Licensees must judge the program’s relevance to their professional practice. Non-Indiana licensees are also advised to check with their state's licensing board to assure their state accepts continuing education programs approved by entities approved by the APA.
We ask that all participants watch the entire recorded presentation, and complete the post-program evaluation form and homestudy test at the conclusion of the program. Dr. Plinovich and IPA have not received any commercial support for this program or its contents and will not receive any commercial support prior to or during this program.
CE certificates will be distributed via email within two weeks after a passing test (75+%) is submitted. 
Registration Fees
*If registered for 2022 IPA Fall Conference, use discount code - $0
IPA Platinum Members (membership includes Fall Conference registration) - $0
IPA New, Premier, & Emeritus-Practicing Members - $30
IPA Basic, Academic, Emeritus-Retired, & Affiliate Members - $35
Non-Members - Psychologists & Other Professionals $50