While we commonly associate obsessive-compulsive disorder with such compulsions as hand-washing, current research suggests that a majority of OCD patients actually present without such stereotypical behaviors. Their compulsions are covert, or internal. Nikki Rubin will change your thinking about OCD, with a focus on providing the right diagnosis and the right treatment.
Most clinicians are familiar with the clinical presentation of OCD:
- A patient with significant overt compulsions (e.g., hand washing) that consume hours during the day, negatively impacting functioning.
- A patient who prefers things extremely orderly and neat, and becomes significantly dysregulated when objects are out of place.
- A patient who needs events or experiences to occur a specific number of times or in odd or even multiples.
Clinicians are usually quick to identify these clinical presentations as OCD.
However, many patients struggling with what is colloquially known as “Pure O” OCD may be misdiagnosed. In this form, obsessions are present without significant overt compulsions. Instead, “covert” compulsions or “mental checking” behaviors predominate.
Without an accurate diagnosis, these patients may not receive the treatment they need. Worse, they may receive a treatment that maintains or even worsens their symptoms.
This course will provide practical instruction to clinicians seeking to accurately identify and diagnose “Pure O” OCD subtypes. Participants will also learn to treat “Pure O” OCD using exposure and response prevention modified specifically for a “Pure O” presentation.
Distinguish between “Pure O” OCD and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), and provide effective psychoeducation about this difference to patients
Build a fear hierarchy for exposure-based treatment of clients with a “Pure O” presentation
Implement at least three exposure techniques to address "Pure O" symptoms of OCD
Format & Length:
Video format; Total running time 2 hours, 5 minutes
Intermediate. This course is designed for those with general clinical experience who are interested in learning more about OCD that presents without stereotypical overt compulsive behavior.
To obtain your CE certificate, you must progress through all course segments, complete a satisfaction survey, and obtain a score of 80% or higher on a course completion quiz.
Who Should Attend:
Counselors, clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists.
Once enrolled, you can access this course and all related materials for 60 days.
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