Understanding and Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Hosted by Palo Alto Therapy

Tuesday, October 25th, 2022 | 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
*2 Hour Video Presentation*

Course Description: 

This course will highlight both similarities and differences between the two disorders, especially as it relates to assessment and treatment. Given that Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) may be twice as common as OCD, it is important that clinicians are aware of symptoms and risk factors and to be especially mindful of the high prevalence of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. Through the use of didactic lectures, a class exercise, and video segments, attendees will be able to identify symptoms most often associated with BDD, causal and prevalence factors, and develop skills needed to effectively treat this complicated and often misunderstood disorder. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the use of exposure therapy will be highlighted.

Educational Goals: 

  1. Although 5-10 million people in the U.S. are believed to have BDD, many clinicians lack the skills to assess for the presence of the disorder. A primary goal of this workshop is to assist those in attendance in developing those skills.
  2. Many clinicians make the mistake of treating BDD as if it’s just a variant of OCD and as a result simply apply OCD treatment protocols. A goal of this workshop is to provide those in attendance with the tools needed to properly treat the disorder.
  3. Approximately 80% of those living with BDD are believed to have experienced some childhood maltreatment, such as abuse, neglect, bullying, and teasing. This workshop will highlight the importance of identifying and processing those factors in treatment.

Learning Objectives:

  1. By the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to identify 5 symptoms most often associated with BDD.
  2. By the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to explain 2 reasons for including BDD in the DSM 5 category of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders.
  3. By the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to utilize cognitive-behavioral therapy strategies in the treatment of BDD.
  4. By the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to list the risk factors most often associated with developing BDD.
  5. By the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to develop exposure therapy hierarchies for patients with BDD.


Scott Granet, LCSW 
is currently in private practice specializing in OCD and related disorders. He has presented at numerous conferences worldwide and has taught continuing education classes at universities and other institutions throughout the United States, including the Rutgers University School of Social Work, the UC Berkeley Extension, the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, and the NYU Silver School of Social Work.

 

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Course Fee $55.00 

Refund requests are available for cancellations outside of a 24-hour window before the beginning of the course.

Accommodations:

To request accommodations for special needs, please email Jessica Krcik at info@paloaltotherapy.com 24-hours in advance. 

Audience:

This course is designed for beginner to experienced clinicians, appropriate for Master’s level graduates, pre-licensed, and licensed clinicians.

Grievances:

To obtain the grievance policy or report a grievance, please email Jessica Krcik at info@paloaltotherapy.com or call (650) 461-9026.

Certificates:

Registration includes 2 CEUs. To obtain a certificate, you must complete a program evaluation. A link to the evulation will be emailed following the event, and upon completion, you will receive the certificate.

Course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

PALO ALTO THERAPY (Provider 147143) IS APPROVED BY THE CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS TO SPONSOR CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR LMFT’S, LCSW’S, AND LPCC’S. PALO ALTO THERAPY MAINTAINS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE PROGRAM AND ALL ITS CONTENT.