Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Leslie J. Shapiro, LICSW
CE Credit: 3 Hours
Learning Level: Intermediate
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that reviews the diagnosis, assessment and treatment strategies for OCD.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is characterized by intrusive, unwanted, and anxiety-provoking thoughts, images, impulses, and rituals that are performed to alleviate the accompanying distress. Because OCD is a heterogeneous disorder with several subtypes, assessing, diagnosing, and treating it can be challenging. Further, the presentation of varying symptoms may be OC Related Disorders. Being able to make differential diagnoses and treatment recommendations are essential in clinical work with the many patients that present with the spectrum of OC problems. Specific behavioral strategies have been developed and validated in the literature that target the various manifestations of OCD and related disorders.
The firstpart of the course offers information on the neurobiology, diagnosis, and assessment tools, including the various subtypes, and highlights important topics to be taken into consideration during the process. Emotional and cognitive factors are outlined that seem to play important roles in the diagnosis and the course of episodes. The next section is dedicated to describing the clinical factors of and differential aspects of the OC Related Disorders and their prevalence. A case study follows that outlines the precipitating events, assessment, and behavioral treatment of a college student who is struggling to maintain and overcome her OCD. The final section describes effective treatment and coping strategies and augmentations that help to maintain treatment gains.
Course #30-95 | 2017 | 60 pages | 20 posttest questions
Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Psychology and the Office of School Psychology and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635 - all courses are reported within two business days of completion). Professional Development Resources, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists (#PSY-0145).
This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).
Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.
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Leslie Shapiro, LICSW, has been a Behavior Therapist treating OCD and Related Disorders since 1989 at the OCD Institute since its inception in 1997. She is the author of Understanding OCD: Skills to Control the Conscience and Outsmart Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and has published several peer reviewed articles. She was awarded a McLean Hospital Career Development Grant, which supported her research on guilt aspects of OCD, and published Pathological guilt: A persistent yet overlooked treatment factor in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Ms. Shapiro has lectured extensively on the assessment and treatment of OCD, BDD and family issues, and continues her research on conscience-related factors in OCD. She is a former Peace Corps Volunteer and served in Mali as a health educator from 1982-1984.
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