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

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

  • Saturday, September 9, 2017
  • 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 BellJeff is an author, mental health advocate, 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 obsessive compulsive disorder 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 pushing through the discomfort of uncertainty — whether it stems from OCD or just everyday worries — and demonstrates how a shift from decisions based on fear and doubt to ones based on purpose and service can transform any life.

Jeff  is a 2007 recipient of Mental Health America’s prestigious "forWARDS Award," for “moving the cause of mental health forward,” and his story has been featured in The Wall Street Journal (online), Psychology Today, DETAILS Magazine, and The New York Times. 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. Jeff is also a National Spokesperson for the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) and is on the IOCDF Board of Directors.


Shala Nicely, LPCShala is a mental health advocate, author, counselor, and OCD survivor. After hiding her OCD from family, friends, and colleagues for more than thirty years, she broke “rule #1” and shared the story of how she finally took her life back from OCD as the keynote speaker at the 2013 IOCDF national conference. Shala is writing the book version of her story, Is Fred in the Refrigerator? and is co-authoring a book on the long-term management of OCD with Jon Hershfield, MFT, which will be published in 2017.

She spent more than fifteen years in sales and marketing, but after finally getting the right treatment for OCD, she decided she would turn her adversity into advocacy by becoming an OCD treatment specialist. She’s now a licensed professional counselor specializing in the treatment of OCD and related disorders and anxiety disorders at Cornerstone Family Services in Marietta. Shala and Dr. Becky Beaton co-founded the non-profit OCD Georgia, the official Georgia affiliate of the IOCDF. Shala is also an Advocate for The Adversity 2Advocacy Alliance.


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 pragmatic tools.  At every turn, participants will learn to tap the power of their own free will to maximize the potential of established treatment options, find Greater Good motivation, and 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.
  5. Demonstrate how people with OCD can use the Greater Good Perspective Shift to make better decisions in the heat of an OCD episode.


  • 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