Cognitive Behavior Therapy in the Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Charles Brady, PhD – 6 CE
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Not long ago OCD was considered to be an untreatable condition. Fortunately, in the past three decades psychiatric and psychological treatment has been developed and refined to the extent that it is rare that the application of evidence based treatment fails to substantially improve the life of an OCD sufferer. In spite of OCD’s lifetime prevalence rate that approaches 3 percent, there is a dire shortage of professionals trained in providing effective psychological treatment for OCD. This workshop is intended to provide additional knowledge and confidence to clinicians who are treating or interested in treating individuals with OCD so that effective treatment will be more widely available to those who suffer.
The curriculum of this program is focused on implementing Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The workshop will combine didactic presentation with experiential components. The workshop will commence with an introduction to the psycho-biological understanding of OCD. The presenter will discuss issues regarding diagnosis and assessment of the condition and its impact on a person’s life. The presenter will introduce the rationale for the use of CBT with OCD clients, including the integration of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) as well as components from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Therapy (CT). The presentation will provide instruction to workshop participants on specific ways to work with sufferers with contamination fears, harm and sexual obsessions, and scrupulosity. Specific ERP, ACT, and CT techniques will be demonstrated and then practiced by members of the audience.
Attendees will learn how to create efficient and effective fear hierarchies to help their clients establish a systematic approach to their recovery. They will learn how to use therapist assisted exposure procedures, how to help their clients use self directed ERP, and when to use prolonged versus fractionated exposure procedures. Skills for managing spontaneous exposure experiences will also be reviewed. Workshop participants will also receive training on how to help their patients reconstruct their relationship with their intrusive thoughts so that they experience less distress and greater behavioral and emotional flexibility. In addition, the presentation will include training the clinician to help the OCD client to build and maintain the necessary courage that is essential to their recovery from OCD.
- Participants will be able to understand the psychological and biological foundations of OCD and explain the rationale for using CBT to treat OCD.
- Participants will learn how to apply exposure and response prevention procedures with their clients who suffer OCD.
- Participants be able to integrate components of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and traditional Cognitive Therapy into the CBT approach of treating individuals with OCD.
- Participants will be able to introduce at least 2 methods to help their clients build and sustain the motivation necessary for successful treatment.
About the Speaker
Dr. Brady directs the Lindner Center of HOPE’s Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Anxiety treatment program and oversees the Supported Employment program. He also currently serves as the president of the board of managers of Lindner Center Professional Associates. Dr. Brady is a clinical psychologist with 20 years of experience on the staff and faculty of the University of Cincinnati’s Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Brady earned his Doctorate of Clinical-Community Psychology from University of South Carolina. Dr. Brady completed his post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University Cincinnati College of Medicine. He also has completed advanced training in the treatment of OCD and OCD spectrum disorders through the Behavior Therapy Training Institute. Dr. Brady is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. His advanced training and experience in providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy have earned Dr. Brady the designation of regional expert in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder. He has made scholarly presentations at national conferences regarding the treatment of OCD and anxiety disorders. Dr. Brady has expertise in psychological assessment and has several scholarly presentations and publications in the subject matter.
Dr. Brady served as past president of the Cincinnati Psychological Association and is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Ohio Psychological Association, the Cincinnati Academy for Professional Psychology, the Anxiety Disorder Association of America and the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation. In 2009 he was honored with the Exemplary Clinical Psychologist Award from NAMI Hamilton County. He is also a founding member and officer of the OCD Midwest, a regional affiliate of the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation.