BTTI 2: Advanced Training in Treatment Engagement, Ambivalence, and Resistance in OCD

A New In-Depth 3-Day Training Program from the IOCDF Training Institute

November 6–8, 2015 in Boston, MA

Boston Marriott Copley Place
110 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA  02116

Led by clinical director C. Alec Pollard, PhD, the focus of this advanced training will include*:

Facilitating Readiness to Change


  • 8:00am – 9:45am Integrating Motivational Interviewing and CBT
    Gail Steketee, PhD, LICSW
  • 9:45am – 10:00am BREAK
  • 10:00am – 11:45am Promoting Commitment to Change with ACT
    Lisa Coyne, PhD
  • 11:45am – 12:45pm LUNCH (on your own)
  • 12:45pm – 2:30pm Attention Control Retraining: An Option for the ERP-Reluctant?
    Brad Riemann, PhD
  • 2:30pm – 2:45pm BREAK
  • 2:45pm – 5:00pm Small Group Case Consultations
    Gail Steketee, Lisa Coyne, Brad Riemann, C. Alec Pollard

Addressing Treatment Complexity and Treatment-Interfering Behaviors


  • 8:00am – 9:30am Managing Comorbidity & Non-Adherence while Treating the Presenting Problem
    Charles Mansueto, PhD
  • 9:30am – 9:45am BREAK
  • 9:45am – 10:30am  Managing Comorbidity & Non-Adherence, CONT’D
    Charles Mansueto, PhD
  • 10:30am – 12:00pm  Focusing Therapy Squarely on Treatment Interfering Behavior (TIB)
    C. Alec Pollard, PhD
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm LUNCH (on your own)
  • 1:00pm – 1:45pm  Focusing Therapy Squarely on TIB, CONT’D
    C. Alec Pollard, PhD
  • 1:45pm – 2:00pm BREAK
  • 2:00pm – 5:00pm Small Group Case Consultations
    Charles Mansueto, C. Alec Pollard

Utilizing the Interpersonal Environment to Promote Treatment Engagement


  • 8:00am – 9:45am A Couple-Based Approach to Treatment
    Jonathan Abramowitz, PhD
  • 9:45am – 10:00am BREAK
  • 10:00am – 11:45am Strategic Reduction of Family Accommodation
    Barbara Van Noppen, PhD, LCSW
  • 11:45am – 12:00pm BREAK TO PICK UP LUNCH (provided by the IOCDF)
  • 12:00pm – 1:45pm LUNCH PRESENTATION: Working with Families of Treatment-Refusers
    C. Alec Pollard, PhD
  • 1:45pm – 2:00pm BREAK
  • 2:00pm – 4:00pm Small Group Case Consultations
    Jonathan Abramowitz, Barbara Van Noppen, C. Alec Pollard

*Exact topics may change slightly, at the discretion of course faculty.


Online registration will open on Thursday, September 17th, 2015, at 12:00pm ET. Registration instructions will be emailed to all past BTTI attendees, and posted here. If you would like to receive an email notifying you when registration opens, or make sure that we have your current email on file, please email Stephanie Cogen at


Please note that this advanced training is only open to those who have attended the Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) in the past.  If you are uncertain of your eligibility or have any questions about this requirement, email Stephanie Cogen at

Training Cost

The cost of registration for all three days is $385, which includes the cost of continuing education credits.

Continuing Education

This program is sponsored by the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), Inc. This program has been approved by NBCC for NBCC Credit. The IOCDF is solely responsible for all aspects of the program (NBCC Approval #SP-2490). Course meets the qualifications for 21 hours of continuing education credit for MFCCs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Provider #PCE 4422). This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Provider #886509959) for 21 continuing education contact hours. IOCDF is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IOCDF maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Course meets the qualifications for 21 CE credits for psychologists.

Attendance Requirements

Trainees must attend all three days of the BTTI 2 in order to receive a CE certificate.

Additionally, if you are not currently a professional member of the IOCDF, you must become a professional member in order to register for this training. Professional membership is $125 per person, per year. You will have the option of adding a membership payment on to your BTTI registration fee as part of the online registration system.  If you register and do not have a current professional membership, we will add it for you after the fact. If you have any questions about your membership or about this policy, please feel free to contact us. There will be no exceptions to these requirements.

Local Hotel

The IOCDF has negotiated a discounted rate ($215/night on 11/5, 11/6, and 11/7) at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, located at 110 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA, 02116. Further instructions regarding making reservations to follow at time of registration. This reduced rate expires on October 15, 2015, so please book your reservation before then to take advantage of this discount.

Local Transportation

Attendees who will be flying to the BTTI 2 should fly to Logan International Airport in Boston, MA. The Marriott is less than 4mi away from Logan, so taking a taxi from the airport will be the fastest and most convenient mode of transportation (estimated fare is $40 one way). The Marriott is located less than a mile away from several MBTA public transit stops – Copley (green line), Prudential (green line), and Back Bay (orange line). Local registrants should consider using public transportation to get to and from the training site, as parking rates at the Marriott are very high. Valet parking at the Marriott is $53/day, and offsite self-parking in a nearby garage is $37/day.

Cancellation/Refund Policy/Replacement Certificate

If accepted, you understand that this registration fee is non-refundable. There will be no exceptions for medical, travel, or professional emergencies. For replacement continuing education certificates requested after the end of the BTTI 2 (you will receive one at the training as part of the registration fee), there will be a $25.00 processing fee.