Recognizing Misophonia Webinar

This webinar was presented 8 times in September and October, 2018 as part of our Misophonia Professional Awareness project.  A replay of the webinar is available on at  The presentation slides are available here – Recognizing Misophonia webinars, fall 2018.

Misophonia is a condition where a person has an extreme emotional response (anger/anxiety/disgust) to an innocuous stimulus such as the sound of someone chewing or breathing.  Misophonia is very common, affecting over 10% of adults.  Median age of onset is about 10 yrs.  These people need your understanding and support.

Misophonia is a distinct conditin that cannot be properly classifed using DSM-5 or ICD-10.  This webinar will help you understand misophonia and recognize the presenting conditions in your clients.

Recognizing Misophonia Live Webinars – FREE – 2018
Instructor – Tom Dozier
Target audience – Mental Health Professionals, Social Workers, Psychologists, Counselors, Therapists, Behaviorists

Day           Date                   Time (Pacific Time)                                              Registration Link

Tuesday, September 18, 9:00-10:00am Pacific Time  –
Tuesday, September 18, 5:00-6:00pm Pacific Time –
Tuesday, September 25, 4:00-5:00pm Pacific Time –
Thursday, September 27, 9:00-10:00am Pacific Time –
Tuesday, October 2, 9:00-10:00am Pacific Time –
Thursday, October 11, 5:00-6:00pm Pacific Time –
Wednesday, October 17, 5:00-6:00pm Pacific Time –
Tuesday, October 23, 10:00-11:00am Pacific Time –

There is a limit of 50 people per class.  You must register to be allowed to attend.

The Misophonia Association is committed to increasing awareness of misophonia.  This class is intended for all types of individuals who work with children and adults.  It is appropriate for psychologists, social workers, school teachers and counselors, doctors, nurses, therapists, behaviorists, and all others who interact with the public.

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Course Content

Misophonia will be explained as a unique sensory response condition.  Information will be included to help an individual recognize the typical presenting characteristics of misophonia.

This class is for clinicians, teachers, counselors, and others who work in a public service capacity. It will teach the unique characteristics of misophonia so you can distinguish it from other anxiety/anger/behaviora/compulsive/sensory conditions.

We will provide a brief history of misophonia and describe the overt behaviors that are likely to be displayed by a person with misophonia. Common auditory and visual trigger stimuli will be discussed, along with unusual trigger stimuli.

The emotions commonly experienced by individuals with misophonia will be described, and supporting research on the theory of misophonia will be presented.

Data on the age of onset and prevalence of misophonia will be presented, and common management techniques will be reviewed.

Class Cost:  FREE

Continuing Education Credit Cost:  $15 (optional)

[Note: Proceeds will support the operation of the Misophonia Institute, a 501c3 non-profit corporation.]

Benefits of the Class

  • At the conclusion of the program, participants are expected to understand or do the following:
    – The history of misophonia
    – List several typical misophonic trigger stimuli
    – Identify behavioral responses of a person with misophonia
    – List 2 distinguishing characteristics of person with misophonia
    – List 2 common management techniques
  • One CE credit is available (if purchased)

Instructor Bio:

Thomas Dozier, M.S. – Behavior Analysis is a basic science of human behavior. A part of this science involves human reflexes and how we acquire them. Research indicates misophonia is a conditioned (learned/acquired) reflex to the trigger sounds. Tom has researched misophonia and worked to develop treatments since 2012, and he has shown that Misophonia is an acquired physical reflex to the trigger sounds which causes extreme emotions of rage and disgust. Tom is also the author of five peer-reviewed journal articles on misophonia and the book, Understanding and Overcoming Misophonia, 2nd Edition, A Conditioned Aversive Reflex Disorder. Tom founded the Misophonia Institute in 2016 as currently serves as president.

Continuing Education credit for this program is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions:

Social Workers-New York State:  Our NYS approval remains in effect prior to and after October 5, 2018. Any changes to our website do not affect our NYS approval.  Commonwealth Educational Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0444.  Some states do not require pre-approval. If your state is not on the below list, please check with your state board.

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to grant Social Work CEs for all of the following reasons. 1. CES is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA). 2. CES programs meet the rules and regulations per-state, of requirements for continuing education offerings. 3. Many states accept CEs for Social Workers because of approved provider status in any state. CES is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board of Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed Social Workers. #SW-0444.

Commonwealth Educational Seminars is entitled to award Social Work CEs in the following states: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC (To Be Determined), DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NH, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY.

Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to grant continuing education credit for LPCs/LMHCs in the following states: AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. LPCs/LMHCs completing the program will receive 1 continuing education hour of credit.

Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education credit programs. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists receive 1 hour of continuing education credit upon completing this program.

Marriage and Family Therapists: Continuing education credit for Marriage & Family Therapists is awarded in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, ME, MD, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. Marriage and Family therapists completing this program will receive 1 CE hour of credit.

Grievance Policy

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to CES, 1020 Osterville West Barnstable Rd, Marstons Mills, MA 02648. Grievances will initially be directed to the training instructor. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. If you have questions or concerns, contact Commonwealth Educational Seminars at (800) 376-3345.

Accommodations for the Differently Abled

Misophonia Institute training facilities are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact: Tom Dozier at 925-322-5100.