Saturday, 15 October from 10am to 4.30pm Aghadoe Heights Hotel, Killarney
This one-day workshop will cover understanding of the particular issues, skills and interventions required to work with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common, chronic, and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and/or behaviours (compulsions) and feels the urge to repeat over and over. These obsessions and compulsions interfere with daily activities and cause significant distress. OCD and obsessional thinking patterns have significantly increased during the pandemic. Therapists require specific knowledge and training in working with clients presenting OCD.
Participants will gain knowledge and competence in:
Understanding the OCD cycle, rituals and OCD Spectrum Disorders.
Causes and maintaining factors of OCD including behavioural, biological, emotional, and cognitive symptoms: ruminations, intrusive thoughts, doubts, beliefs and mental contamination.
Assessment and Comorbidity. How is OCD diagnosed?
Collaboratively deriving a specific OCD formulation.
Overview of various OCD treatment options including CBT, Mindfulness, Habit Reversal Training, Exposure Therapy (EX/RP).
The role of cognitive and behavioural factors in OCD, including:
- Cognitive biases and selective attention
- Rumination and obsessive thinking
- Doubting and difficulty in tolerating uncertainty
- Thought-action fusion and Thought-Object fusion
- Inflated sense of responsibility and power
- Internal safety seeking and compulsive behaviours
- The role of checking and reassurance seeking
- Symmetry obsessions and orderliness
- Harm obsessions and checking obsessions
Use of a wide range of active treatment techniques to help clients work towards their goals.
Exposure plus response prevention and the use of behavioural experiments. How to conduct vivo exposures and imaginal exposures.
Developing a Theory A and Theory B alternative.
Psychoeducation and Intervention.
Understanding different forms of OCD including sexual obsessions, SO-OCD, HOCD, POCD, ROCD, religious, scrupulosity, real events OCD, Harm OCD, contamination, and perinatal OCD.
Course methods include seminar, discussions, video, case studies, experiential exercises, practical interventions, notes and certificate, and 5.5 hours CPD.
Location: Aghadoe Heights Hotel, Killarney
Course facilitator: Gerry Cunningham, MIAHIP