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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Discussion of the Diagnostic criteria for OCD as well as specific sub types of OCD such as scrupulosity will be stressed.  Specific techniques such as graded exposure and scripting will be taught specific techniques from the works of John March and Jonathon Grayson will be taught to help foster competence in the treatment of OCD.


Session 1: April 20

8:30 – 8:55 Introduction to OCD types of OCD

  1. Contamination
  2. Doubt/Harm
  3. Perfection
  4. Forbidden thoughts.

8:55 - 9:20 Behavioral theory of symptoms development

  1. Pavlov
  2. Core beliefs
  3. Biology and learned behaviors.
  4. Wrap up/ review

9:20 – 9:30

  1. Wrap up/ review

Session 2: April 27

8:30 - 8: 55 Diagnostic criteria for OCD

  1. DSMV definitions
  2. Obsessions
  3. Compulsions.

8:55 – 9:20 Rule out criteria

  1. Psychosis
  2. Substance induced symptoms
  3. GAD
  4. OCPD

9:20 – 9:30

  1. Wrap up/ review

Session 3: May 4

8:30 – 8:55 OCD assessment

  1. Obsessive concerns checklist
  2. Compulsive activities checklist
  3. Yale Brown  

8:55 – 9:20 levels of severity

  1. Example s of severe presentations
  2. Examples of moderate presentation
  3. Discussion of impact on function

9:20 – 9:30

  1. Wrap up review

Session 4: May 11

8:30 – 8:55 starting treatment

  1. Psychoeducation
  2. Explaining exposure with response/ ritual prevention
  3. Motivation assessment

 8:55 – 9:20 exposure

  1. Flooding
  2. Graded exposure

9:20 – 9:30

  1. Wrap up/ review

 Session 5:May 18

8:30 – 8:55 graded exposure

  1. Developing a hierarchy
  2. A model hierarchy

8:55 – 9:20

  1. Cognitive restructure during exposure
  2. Keeping in mind core belief


  1. Wrap up review

Session 6: May 25

8:30 - 8:55 different hierarchies

  1. Doubt/ harm hierarchies
  2. Perfection hierarchies
  3. Bad thoughts/ hierarchies

8:55 - 9:20 exposure without fears

  1. Symmetry exposures
  2. Obsessions about anxiety

9:20 – 9:30

  1. wrap up review

Session 7: June 1

8:30 – 8:55 OCD pure O

  1. Thoughts as a compulsion
  2. Identifying the compulsion

8:55 - 9:20 treating pure O

  1. Difficulties in treatment
  2. The use of scripting

9:20 – 9:30

  1. Wrap up/ review

Session 8: June 8

8:30 – 8:55 Scrupulosity

  1. Identifying the difference between religion and OCD.
  2. Cultural sensitivity.

8:55 – 9:20 treating scrupulosity

  1. Designing an exposure
  2. Scripting
  3. Treatment partners
  4. Difficulties in treatment

9:20 – 9:30

  1. Wrap up/ review

Session 9: June 15

8:30 – 8:55 OCD in children

  1. Symptoms of OCD in children.
  2. Pandas

8:55 – 9:20 treatment of children /John March

  1. The monster / Bully model
  2. Parental involvement

9:20 - 9:30

  1. Wrap up/ review

Session 10: June 22

8:30 – 8:55 Motivation during treatment

  1. Do Rituals help
  2. Motivational interviewing

8:55-9:20 generalizing treatment gains

  1. Applying treatment to global function
  2. Booster sessions

9:20 – 9:30

  1. Wrap up/review

Session June 29

8:30 – 8:55 the therapist client relationship in OCD treatment

  1. Validation to change
  2. The clinician s exposure experience

8:55 – 9:20 DBT skills in OCD treatment 

  1. Radical genuineness
  2. Radical acceptance
  3. Distress tolerance skills

 9:20 – 9:30

  1. Wrap up review

Session 12:July 6

8:30 – 8:55 Case presentations

  1. Case presentation 1/ case type determined by request

  8:55 - 9:20

  1. Case presentation 2/ case type determined by request

  9:20 – 9:30

  1. wrap up review

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Dr. Yosef Posy is a doctoral level psychologist who received his doctoral degree from Hofstra University. Dr Posy has also done advanced training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) through Behavioral Tech, and has worked as a clinician, supervisor and administrator since 2003. Dr Posy has provided training on CBT and DBT to several schools in the Brooklyn area. He has also developed, and run a Doctoral level internship and externship program for Interborough Developmental &Consultation Center.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will describe the epidemiology, clinical presentation, and differential diagnoses associated with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Identify other disorders that are comorbid with OCD.
  • Participants will develop and implement an exposure hierarchy and identify the various levels of distressful stimuli to make the hierarchy more robust.
  • Participants will outline the diagnostic criteria associated with scrupulosity and differentiate between different cultural norms and scrupulosity
  • Participants will discuss the theory underlying and the empirical support for EX/RP
  • Participants will Implement psychoeducational treatment components of EX/RP for OCD
  • Participants will implement DBT techniques of Emotional regulation, distress tolerance skills in the treatment of OCD
  • Participants will describe how validation skills from DBT can be used for the treatment of OCD specifically when working with resistant clients.
  • Participants will define OCD pure obsessive type and describe the treatments available
  • Participants will describe the role of the therapeutic alliance in the treatment of OCD and be able to describe the experience of what having OCD feels like, and share that experience with clients.
  • Participants will learn the difference between OCD and OCPD and describe the different treatments available.
  • Participants will describe the psychoeducation about OCD symptom development (classical condition) in order to help clients understand the treatment process.
  • Participants will identify and use collaterals in the treatment of adult OCD.
  • Participants will Implement psychoeducation early in treatment for OCD in youth
  • Participants will Address family factors including family accommodation of OCD symptoms
This presentation is open to:
  • Social Workers
  • Professional Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
  • Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
This online class is offered at an intermediate level ,and is beneficial for an intermediate level clinician:
  • New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
  • Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
  • Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
  • Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives

Course Length: 1 Hour

This Webinar Offers 1 Continuing Education Credits
This webinar is recorded and will not grant live credits.

    • This program is co-sponsored by NEFESH International and Therapy Express. NEFESH International is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NEFESH International maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
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