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Blending ACT & ERP: Values-based Exposures for Everyday Therapy

Event Date:

June 9, 2023

Event Time:

12:00 pm

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is often regarded as a highly-specialized form of treatment used for specific clinical presentations such as OCD and phobias.  Clients and clinicians alike are often intimidated by exposures, especially for those who usually gravitate towards mindfulness-based approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  But there’s a way to blend these two modalities and tap into a less intimidating, wider application of exposures without formal training in ERP.  In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to guide clients through values-based, self-paced exposures to help them move through fear, realize their resilience, and access safety in unexpected places.  Participants will leave with a personalized “willingness hierarchy” that they can use as a model in their practice. 

Workshop Objectives

Participants will…
  1. Understand the role of values from an ACT perspective
  2. Identify several clinical benefits of using exposures in therapy
  3. Distinguish a “willingness hierarchy” from a “fear hierarchy”
  4. Create a custom willingness hierarchy they can use as a model in their practice


About the Speaker 

Grace Dickman, LCSW (she/her) is a white, cis, queer holistic trauma therapist with nearly 15 years of experience supporting individuals and communities in nonprofit social work and private practice.  She helps women, queer people, and creatives move through their trauma to bring themselves more fully into the world.  She specializes in OCD, anxiety, and LGBTQ+ identity issues.  She’s passionate about increasing public awareness of OCD, shouting from the rooftops about ACT, and using mindfulness-based practices to help everyone realize they can handle more than they think – especially when it’s in service of their values. 

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Event FAQs

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made 24 hours or more in advance of the event date will receive a 100% refund. Cancellations made on the day of the event will not be refunded. Please email us at to cancel your registration.

Registration for CEUs

This workshop fulfills the requirements for 1.5 CE credits. CE sponsorship is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), and credits are applicable to LCSW and transferrable to LCPC in Illinois. If you have a different licensure or are licensed outside of Illinois, please check with your licensure body before purchasing. 


Please note that we require your live attendance in order to issue CE certificates. If you are unable to attend live, please let us know at least 24 hours before the event.


Please enter your licensure information in the Google form provided in our follow-up email to ensure the prompt issue of CE certificates after the workshop.

Event Schedule Details

  • June 9, 2023 12:00 pm   -   1:30 pm
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