Course Description

Hours: 12

The Introduction to Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) Therapy workshop is designed to provide participants with a solid foundation in the theory, principles and practical applications of ERP, a highly effective treatment for anxiety disorders, particularly obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Over the course of two days, participants will gain a deep understanding of the conceptual framework of ERP and its implementation in clinical practice.

The first day of the workshop will focus on building a strong theoretical foundation for ERP therapy. Participants will explore the underlying principles of exposure therapy and how it can be applied to address anxiety-related disorders. The day will include the following topics:

  • Introduction to the cognitive-behavioral model of anxiety and OCD.
  • Overview of the empirical evidence supporting the efficacy of ERP.
  • Identification and assessment of OCD symptoms and related anxiety disorders.
  • Understanding the role of avoidance and safety behaviors in maintaining anxiety.
  • Introduction to the hierarchy construction and exposure planning.

The second day will delve into the practical aspects of conducting ERP therapy with clients. Participants will learn various techniques and strategies for implementing exposure and response prevention interventions effectively. The day will cover the following areas:

  • Developing a collaborative therapeutic relationship with clients.
  • Conducting exposure exercises and managing the associated distress.
  • Addressing common challenges and obstacles in implementing ERP.
  • Gradual vs. intensive exposure: considerations and approaches.
  • Generalization and maintenance of treatment gains.
  • Ethical considerations and self-care for ERP therapists.

Throughout the workshop, participants will engage in interactive discussions, case studies, and experiential exercises to enhance their learning and application of ERP principles. By the end of the workshop, participants will have the knowledge and skills necessary to begin implementing ERP therapy in their clinical practice, setting the stage for improved outcomes for clients struggling with anxiety disorders, particularly OCD.


For more information contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Phone: 548-889-4967

Cancellations and Transfers
Be sure to carefully review our cancellation and transfer information before registering.

Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

This workshop is currently not available. The 2024/2025 Faculty of Social Work Professional Development course and workshop dates will be available on July 8, 2024.
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