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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

6 CE Credit Hours - Online Course - $59.00

Developed by Sage de Beixedon Breslin, Ph.D.

Course materials: text/webpage Articles    audio Audios

Transcripts are available for ALL MP3s in pdf format.

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General Course Description

This is an introductory course for psychotherapists on the identification and treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Not only are typical symptoms of OCD reviewed but common psychiatric features, as well as more atypical presentations are also summarized. Various treatments for this disorder, ranging from pharmacological and behavioral to surgical, are also noted.

The first set of articles in this course provides a broad definition, description, and etiology for OCD. The second set of articles provides insight into more specialized presentations of OCD and compulsive behaviors. An audiotaped interview with Meredith Watkins, MFT notes changes made in the recent revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth Revision (DSM-5) that directly impact the diagnosis of OCD. The following article reviews some of the treatment options for OCD. The next set of articles presents information for the identification and treatment of OCD in children. Additional resources and references are provided for further study, but they are not part of the course.

Educational Objectives

This course will teach the participant to:

1.    Identify, assess and diagnose Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

2.    Summarize common accompanying psychiatric features of OCD.

3.    Identify the many ways in which OCD may be represented behaviorally.

4.    Compare the various interventions available for the treatment of OCD.


De Silva, P. (2014). Obsessive-compulsive disorder. In Adult psychological problems (pp. 143-162). London, England: Taylor & Francis.

Pauls, D. L., Abramovitch, A., Rauch, S. L., & Geller, D. A. (2014). Obsessive-compulsive disorder: an integrative genetic and neurobiological perspective. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 15 (6), 410-424.

Richter, P. M., & Ramos, R. T. (2018). Obsessive-compulsive disorder. Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology, 24 (3), 828-844.

Course Syllabus

Diagnosis and Treatment of OCD

Accompanying psychiatric features of OCD

  • Major Depression
  • BiPolar Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Asperger's and Autism
  • Personality Disorders
  • Neurological Conditions affecting OCD

Diverse presentations of anxiety and OCD

  • Compulsive hoarding
  • Compulsive shopping
  • Compulsive lying
  • Compulsive gambling
  • Sexual addiction or compulsive sexual behavior
  • Shoplifting
  • Trichotillomania
  • Excoriation (Skin-Picking)
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • Substance/Medication-Induced Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Due to other Medical Conditions

Interventions for OCD

  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Neurosurgical alternatives

OCD and Special Populations

  • Children and Adolescents
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