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Online Training – Effective Treatment of OCD: Cracking the Conundrum

September 16 Login to Zoom 8:30am ; Training 8:45am-4:15pm (EDT) $179, 6 CEUs Presenter: Susan Osofsky, MSW, LCSW Zoom, MD + Google Map

Treatment of OCD

Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) challenges many therapists’ usual way of approaching clients. Not only does talk therapy generally not work to alleviate or reduce symptoms of anxiety or ritualized repetitive behavior, but it can even increase them.

Workshop Description

In this workshop, we’ll explore Exposure/Response Prevention (Ex/RP), a model that’s been shown to be highly effective. We’ll discuss the neurobiology of OCD, review the differences and connections between obsessions and compulsions, and demonstrate how to assess the severity of a case.

You’ll learn how to lead your clients through the exposure process using Ex/RP in a way that allows them to endure the momentary anxiety of not doing the ritual repetitive behavior and, when catastrophe doesn’t result, helps them to restructure their thinking and begin to free themselves of their symptoms.

The Ferentz Institute, Inc. is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CEU approval for all trainings is also granted to Psychologists, LCPC’s and MFT’s and approved by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists and the Board of Examiners for Psychologists in Maryland. Reciprocity has also been granted for clinicians in Washington, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, Georgia, Massachusetts and Texas.  If your state is not among this list, we encourage you to check with your state licensing board to see if they will grant reciprocity.
The Institute maintains full responsibility for all programming. In order to provide Category 1 CEUs for all of our trainings, the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners requires online workshops to be live, interactive, and experienced in real time. Therefore, none of our trainings are recorded for later viewing.


Learning Objectives

  • To understand the etiology, neurobiology of OCD
  • To understand differential diagnoses
  • To be able to fully assess OCD and its symptoms using the Yale Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale (YBOCS)
  • To learn how to use Exposure/Response Prevention to treat OCD
  • To be able to do a treatment plan for OCD
  • To understand imaginal exposure to treat phobias


9:00 — 10:30

  • Understanding OCD
  • Experiential Exercise
  • Etiology of OCD
  • Neurobiology of OCD

10:30 — 10:38      BREAK

10:38 — 12:00

  • Obsessions
  • Compulsions
  • Differential Diagnoses
  • Assessment – Use of Yale Brown Obsessive Compulsive
  • Scale (YBOCS)

12:00 — 1:00          LUNCH

1:00 — 2:30

  • Cognitive approaches to treatment
  • Exposure/Response Prevention

2:30 — 2:38             BREAK

2:38 — 4:15

  • Treatment Planning Group Exercise
  • Loop Tape
  • Question/Answer Session
"Susan was very human and approachable." ~Judith Proctor, BA, MSW, LCSW-C, MDiv

"I appreciated the smaller group size which allowed for excellent group discussion. The presenter was very knowledgeable about the subject and had excellent real world examples to share. Very worthwhile and helpful training!" ~Katharine Hart, LCSW-C

"Susan was in command of her subject but also had a great sense of humor." ~ Stephanie Barbara Perry, LCSW-C

"Susan was very knowledgeable and personable - a good combination!" ~Julie Bivins, LCSW

"Susan was very knowledgeable, shared her own experiences, shared a little about herself, approachable, very authentic, obviously loves what she's doing." ~Rita Etter, LCSW-C

"Susan was very knowledgeable and shared a lot of concrete, useable strategies while also providing a clear framework in a way that was understandable for me and that I can use with clients." ~Lindsey McDaniel, LCSW-C

"I appreciated Susan's approachability with asking questions and how well she explained things providing us with stories of what she would share with her own clients." ~Michelle Market, LPC

"[What I liked best was] Susan's abundance of knowledge and understanding of OCD, as well as her enthusiasm and warm style towards presenting this training." ~Bernadette Wendel, LCSW-C

"I liked that the presenter made the material easy to understand. She was able to cover a lot of material in the time of the workshop. I also really liked to hear specific examples that will help with our future clients." ~Katy Alexander, LCPAT, ATR-BC, LCPC

"Susan was personable and good-natured. Combined with her being informed that made the workshop valuable." ~Parke Sterling, LPC

"She was very interactive and kept a positive attitude during the entire training." ~Markeeta Martin, LGPC