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Online Training – Effective Treatment of OCD: Cracking the Conundrum

April 17 Login to Zoom 8:30am ; Training 8:45am-4:15pm (EDT) $189, 6 CEUs Presenter: Susan Osofsky, MSW, LCSW Virtual Event,

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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.

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

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Registration for each workshop closes one day before the workshop date.

If you want to sign up for this course and missed the registration deadline, please don’t worry. You can still contact Gerri Baum at gerrib@theferentzinstitute.com or call 410-409-7061 to inquire about joining the class. We will do our best to accommodate you. We appreciate your interest in our workshops and look forward to seeing you soon!

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.


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"[Susan is] Very positive, warm, and open and made it a safe space for discussion and learning." – Shannon Maple, LCSW-C

"[Susan is] Very informative and made the training interesting and interactive." – Jenny Jarrell, LCSW-C

"She [Susan] was very knowledgeable, very organized and it interactive and informative. Loved the real life case studies." – Zoe Nasios, LMSW

"She [Susan] connects with her audience with warmth and humor." – Paul Timin, LCSW-C

"The materials were comprehensive and easy to follow. The instruction style was engaging and supportive." – Sarah P. Lewis, MSW LCSW

"She [Susan] provided great ideas and suggestions given her expertise... it felt safe to ask questions, learn, and even be wrong because she was supportive and warm." – Kimberly S. Rowan, PhD, LCP