Living Life Beyond the Doubt: Field-Tested (and Retested) Strategies for Navigating OCD

(OCD Workshop for Clients, but Therapists welcome to attend )

  • August 18, 2018 (Saturday)
  • 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • This workshop is designed for clients, but therapists are welcome to attend
  • 5 Core Continuing Education Hours (Related Hours for SWs and MFTs)
  • Location: The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute
  • For more information, click here

Presented by: Shala Nicely, LPC and Jeff Bell

Jeff Bell Jeff is a radio news anchor and OCD survivor. In his book, Rewind, Replay, Repeat: A Memoir of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Jeff shares his own journey of overcoming OCD and how developing the concept of “choosing Greater Good” gave him the motivation necessary to succeed in treatment. Jeff’s second book, When in Doubt, Make Belief: An OCD-Inspired Approach to Living with Uncertainty offers readers practical techniques for transforming their lives through a shift from decisions based on fear and doubt to ones based on purpose and service. Jeff is a recipient of Mental Health America’s prestigious "forWARDS Award" for “moving the cause of mental health forward.” He is also the founder of The Adversity 2 Advocacy Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting and fostering the power of turning personal challenges into service to others with similar challenges.

Shala is a cognitive-behavioral therapist specializing in the treatment of OCD and related disorders and OCD survivor. She is cofounder with Jeff of, an initiative dedicated to helping people learn to thrive through uncertainty and the fear and doubt it creates.  She is the co-author with Jon Hershfield, MFT of Everyday Mindfulness for OCD: Tips, Tricks and Skills for Living Joyfully. She was the keynote speaker for the 2013 International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) conference with the story of her triumph over OCD, “Is Fred in the Refrigerator?,” which will be published in book form in 2018. Shala promotes the power of turning personal challenges into service to others as an advocate for The Adversity 2 Advocacy Alliance. Shala also blogs for Psychology Today, offering an inside perspective on life with OCD and the lessons of uncertainty.


This interactive workshop—specifically designed for people with OCD at any stage of treatment or recovery, their loved ones, and therapists—offers practical strategies for navigating the many challenges of living with obsessive compulsive disorder.  Drawing on their own personal successes in learning to thrive with OCD, the presenters share both engaging stories and practical tools. Participants will learn motivational strategies to maximize their exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP) for OCD, including self-compassion, the Four Keys Out When Locked in Doubt, and the Greater Good Perspective Shift, so they can more effectively take back their lives from the grips of this often-debilitating disorder.  

*While this workshop will offer a comprehensive overview of tools and best practices for OCD therapy, it aims to be a complement to, not a replacement for, professional treatment. 

Educational Objectives:

  1. Identify the difference between fear-based doubt and intellect-based doubt and learn how fear-based doubt commonly manifests in OCD.
  2. Describe the gold standard treatment for OCD, exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy, and how people with OCD can use in vivo and imaginal exposure simultaneously.
  3. Discuss how OCD creates and maintains anxiety/discomfort and the paradoxical interventions that can be used before and during exposure to help people with OCD better manage anxiety/discomfort.
  4. Explain the "Four Keys" motivational strategies that can be used before, during, and after ERP to enhance treatment participation, and demonstrate how people with OCD can use the Greater Good Perspective Shift to make better decisions in the heat of an OCD episode.
  5. Identify the three components of self-compassion, why self-compassion an important adjunct to ERP in the treatment of OCD, and how to create and use a self-compassion statement.



  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m Registration (Coffee, Tea, and Granola Bars Served)
  • 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Welcome and Morning Session
  • 10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Break
  • 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Morning Session (Cont.)
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch Break (Lunch is on Your Own)
  • 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m Afternoon Session
  • 2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Break
  • 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Afternoon Session (Cont.)

5 Core CE Clock Hours by:

  • APA:  The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute (ASMI) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  ASMI maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • NBCC:  The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6502. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • NASW:  Related hours.
  • MFTs:  Related hours.


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Workshop Coordinator at:

770.953.0080 Ext. 333