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Use and Misuse of ACT for OCD with Dr. Max Maisel
Use and Misuse of ACT for OCD with Dr. Max Maisel

Mon, Oct 02


Online via Zoom

Use and Misuse of ACT for OCD with Dr. Max Maisel

This 2-hour CE training will explore the application of ACT in treating OCD, incorporating a case presentation, experiential exercises, and metaphors to enhance learning.

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Time & Location

Oct 02, 2023, 9:40 AM PDT

Online via Zoom

About the Event

This training will take place online, via Zoom, with 2 CE Hours Available. Zoom link will be provided in the registration confirmation AND emailed the week of the training! 


  • Professional (w/CE Certificate): $55 (Professional VIP ACBS SoCal Members receive 20% off!) 
  • Student: $20 (Student VIP ACBS SoCal Members receive 50% off!)

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The Use and Misuse of ACT for OCD, presented by clinical psychologist Max Maisel, PhD, will explore the application of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), while delving into the theoretical foundations of ACT, the Psychological Flexibility Model, and its six core processes. This training will examine the connections between ACT and traditional OCD treatments like Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), highlighting their shared elements, and will evaluate the benefits of incorporating ACT techniques in OCD therapy, including defusion, acceptance, present moment awareness, values clarification, and committed action. Additionally, potential risks and misconceptions of using ACT for OCD will be addressed. This training includes a case presentation, experiential exercises, and metaphors to enhance learning. A recording of the event will be provided to paid participants following the event. 

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe 4 benefits of adding ACT based-interventions into a traditional ERP approach to treat OCD.
  2. Describe 2 common pitfalls of using ACT to treat OCD and explain how to navigate these pitfalls.

Continuing Education (CE) Info

Licensed Psychologists, MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and LCSWs* are eligible for 2 CE Hours. This training is worth 2 CE credit hours if attended live, virtually. While we can only provide CE to those who are present – i.e., logged in – for the entire presentation via Zoom, SoCal ACBS will be recording this workshop for later viewing. Registrants may then access this recording at any time for up to three months from the conclusion of the training. CEs are awarded contingent upon timely post-event paperwork submission by event organizers.

The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

*As of July 2015 the California Board of Behavioral Sciences has designated approval agencies, such as the American Psychological Association. Providers who have APA approval can offer CE Certificates to BBS Licensees and those CEs can be used for license renewal. No CEUs for BCBAs or Coaches are provided through this training.

Who Should Attend? Psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, behavior analysts, coaches, students (under supervision), and other mental health professionals who would like to learn more about how to apply ACT to OCD!

Skill Level: Intermediate and Advanced skill levels are welcome to attend!

About the Trainer: Max Maisel, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with over 8 years of experience treating OCD and anxiety disorders within an ACT and ERP framework. He is the founder of Beachfront Anxiety Specialists, a group practice in Los Angeles that is devoted to treating OCD and anxiety disorders using evidence-based practice. He has published several studies on the use of mindfulness in helping anxiety disorders and has been invited to give workshops to clinical psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows at Cal State Northridge, Loyola Marymount University, and Cal Lutheran.

Disclosures: Max Maisel, Ph.D., does not have any conflicts of interest.

Cancellations and Refunds: We understand that sometimes, things come up! SoCal ACBS will offer a full refund to registrants who cancel their registration up to one week before the workshop, by September 23rd, minus an administrative processing fee of $10. If canceled within one week, no refund will be issued. Please contact us at to cancel a registration.

Questions? Email ACBS SoCal at

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  • Professional (+CE certificate)

    Mental health professionals. Includes access to Continuing Education certificate after the event.

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  • Student

    You must currently be enrolled as a student in order to purchase a ticket at the student rate.

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