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Continuing Education

Helping Clients Navigate Intrusive Thoughts Using CBT and ACT Strategies

Presented by Andrea Umbach, Psy.D.

Feel free to bring a snack or lunch.

2 Continuing Education Credits

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


This course is designed to present practitioners, with prior experience in CBT, with a deeper understanding of intrusive thoughts, enabling them to better support their clients through evidence-based practice. Having the ability to identify and describe distinguishing features of intrusive thoughts (Radomsky et al., 2014) will assist the practitioner in providing more informed care. We will also explore common myths (Winston & Seif, 2017) and counterproductive techniques (Clark & Purdon, 2009; Najmi, Riemann, & Wegner, 2009) that reinforce intrusive thinking. A variety of cognitive-behavioral strategies showing empirical effectiveness in reducing intrusive thinking will be highlighted (Najmi, Riemann, & Wegner, 2009; Tolin, 2008; Winston & Seif, 2017) giving practitioners useful treatment approaches to inform their practice.

Learning Objectives

Based on the content of this workshop, you will be able to:

· Describe the nature and prevalence of intrusive thoughts as well as distinguishing features between clinical and nonclinical intrusive thoughts

· Recognize counterproductive techniques, such as mental control, thought suppression, and avoidance, used by clients and explain paradoxical effects of such techniques

· Provide alternative, evidence-based strategies, including exposures and response prevention (ERP), cognitive therapy (CT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to address intrusive thoughts


This program is appropriate for licensed psychologists and other mental health practitioners who utilize cognitive behavioral therapy approaches. Training is at an introductory level.


Clark, D. A., & Purdon, C. (2009). Mental control of unwanted intrusive thoughts: A phenomenological study of nonclinical individuals. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 2(3), 267-281.

Najmi, S., Riemann, B. C., & Wegner, D. M. (2009). Managing unwanted intrusive thoughts in obsessive compulsive disorder: Relative effectiveness of suppression, distraction, and acceptance. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 47(6), 494-503.

Radomsky, A. S., Alcolado, G. M., Abramowitz, J. S., Alonso, P., Belloch, A., Bouvard, M., . . . Wong. W. (2014). Part 1 – You can run but you can’t hide: Intrusive thoughts on six continents. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 3(3), 269-279.

Tolin, D. F. (2008). Alphabet Soup: ERP, CT, and ACT for OCD. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 16(1), 40-48.

Winston, S., & Seif, M. (2017). Overcoming unwanted intrusive thoughts: A CBT-based guide to getting over frightening, obsessive, or disturbing thoughts. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Professional and Ethical Issues

There is no commercial support for this CE program, instructor, content of instruction, or any other relationship that could be construed as a conflict of interest. There is no endorsement of products.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations will be accepted and payments refunded in full up to two (2) weeks prior to any training event. Following two weeks prior to the event, a credit for future trainings matching the amount already paid for that event’s registration will be given to registrants who cancel their registration, for whatever reason, up to two (2) days prior to the event date. This credit can only be applied to one future training, regardless of its cost. If the cost of the future training is less than the amount paid, the difference will be lost. If the cost of the future training is greater than the credit, then the balance will become due at registration time. If a registrant cancels or no-shows within two days of the event date, a refund will not be given.


BASE is located at 1515 Mockingbird Lane, Suite 580, Charlotte, NC 28209


BASE strives to ensure that each CE program is accessible to all participants. If you would like any accommodations, please contact us at 704-910-8381.


Please contact us at or 704-910-8381 if you have any questions or grievances about the program.


If this program is full, please email us at to indicate your interest. If someone cancels we will contact you.

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