Characterized by tormenting obsessions associated with physical appearance, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is considered to be similar to OCD, and as such is recognized as one of the obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders. Several million people in this country are believed to have BDD, and most first pursue medical treatment to correct the perceived flaw in their appearance, rather than seeking more appropriate psychological care. Any body part can be the focus of BDD, though most people with the disorder will focus on fears associated with features around the head or face, such as hair, nose, or skin tone. Complicating the clinical picture is the fact that approximately half of those with BDD may become delusional at times, and as many as 25%-30% may make suicide attempts.
Like any condition, the severity of BDD exists on a continuum. It is not, however, uncommon to encounter sufferers who have become disabled, and cannot work or effectively carry on relationships because of the troubling obsessions, and time consuming compulsive behaviors. Many of these people could be helped with proper treatment, as such does exist in the form of cognitive-behavioral therapy and medications. Tragically, many sufferers go without appropriate professional help, as too few clinicians are familiar with the process of assessing for BDD, and fewer still possess the skills necessary for treatment.
The primary focus of this workshop is to familiarize attendees with cognitive and behavioral manifestations of BDD, to explore etiology, and to thoroughly review forms of treatment. Specifically, medication, cognitive therapy, as well as behavior therapy in the form of exposure and response prevention will be highlighted. Considerations for differential diagnosis, comorbid disorders, and resources for support will also be addressed.
This Web Conference is designed to help clinicians:
1) Identify likely causes, and known prevalence of BDD;
2) Explain reasons for considering BDD as an obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorder;
3) Recognize cognitive and behavioral manifestations of BDD;
4) Describe common functional impairments associated with BDD;
5) Utilize treatment strategies, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, and group therapy;
6) Refer to support resources available for clients and families.
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Scott M. Granet, LCSW
Scott M. Granet, LCSW has been practicing adolescent and adult psychotherapy for nearly 30 years since receiving his Masters degree at New York University. Known for his commitment to increasing professional and public awareness of OCD and body dysmorphic disorder, Mr. Granet has taught continuing education classes for JFK University, Alliant International University, the University of California at Berkeley Extension, the University of Arizona Extended University, Santa Clara University, The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, Professional Psych Seminars, MEDS-PDN, Inc., Cal State University at Northridge, the Family Service Agency of the Central Coast, The Chesapeake Health Education Program, Inc., The Rutgers University School of Social Work, and the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research. He has also written various articles, co-authored a brochure, "Ten Steps for Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder: A Mental Health Practitioner’s Guide," presented on BDD at numerous U.S. and international conferences, and has appeared on national and local television and radio shows. In addition to his clinical work, Mr. Granet is co-founder and former president of the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation of the San Francisco Bay Area, a non-profit corporation dedicated to providing support to people affected by the obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders. He also has participated on a San Francisco task force addressing the public health crisis associated with compulsive hoarding.
Mr. Granet is a clinical social worker with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, and in June 2008 opened the OCD-BDD Clinic of Northern California in Redwood City. He has developed a treatment program effective within managed care restrictions, and has written on the subject. He facilitates treatment groups for both panic disorder, and OC spectrum disorders, with the emphasis of each group being on cognitive-behavioral therapy. Mr. Granet helped to organize the first BDD conference in North America at UCLA in 2005, and presented again at the 2006 conference in New York at Hofstra University. Mr. Granet is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the International OCD Foundation, and the Trichotillomania Learning Center.
1.5 CE credits will be provided for this Web Conference. GoodTherapy.org is approved as a continuing education provider by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS).
In short, participants will be able to listen to this live event by calling into our teleconference center. Prior to the event, all participants will be sent an email with instructions on how to log in to the teleconference center. This event will include lecture, interaction, and question and answer periods.
This Web Conference is available for free to GoodTherapy members.
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