Join us for sessions I & II off the free virtual OCD & Anxiety Fall Lecture series!
SESSION I, 12 - 1:30 p.m. ET: Helping Your Patients Live with Uncertainty: ERP+
Presented by: Jonathan Grayson, PhD
Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is considered to be the gold standard of treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). However, it remains hard for sufferers to find effective treatment. Often, this is because therapists fail to understand the goals of treatment—goals that go beyond simply lowering anxiety and reducing or eliminating rituals.
In this lecture, we will discuss the underlying treatment goals of ERP and how to prepare clients for treatment. Furthermore, the many different manifestations of OCD (e.g., contamination, checking, harm OCD, pedophile OCD, scrupulosity, etc.), require different approaches. In any approach, committing to ERP will likely feel like a risk for your client. Understanding how to respond to that concern is key to successful intervention. Sample dialogs, tailored to different OCD presentations, will be included in this presentation.
After this lecture, attendees will be able to:
- Recognize intolerance of uncertainty as a core OCD issue and will be able to effectively discuss and help clients to accept the goal of learning to live with uncertainty before implementing ERP.
- Modify and tailor treatment preparation discussions to the client's particular manifestation of OCD.
- Understand the nature of acceptance as choosing to live the second-best life and why this would make sense.
1:30 – 1:45 p.m.: Break
SESSION II, 1:45 – 3:15 p.m.: Sleep, Dreams, and Rumination in OCD
Presented by: Sarosh Motivala, PhD
For most humans, approximately 30% of every 24-hour period is spent sleeping or trying to sleep. Ideally, sleep is restorative, leaving us rested and ready for the challenges of a new day. Under the umbrella of sleep terminology, there are a variety of important terms—sleep architecture, sleep continuity, sleep onset latency, rapid eye movement latency and narrative and emotional experiences while dreaming.
In this lecture, we will discuss these terms and apply them to individuals struggling with OCD. The content of dreams has not been studied much in OCD, but there has been at least one study showing that people with OCD have dreams related to their obsessions and compulsions. There is an established set of treatments for insomnia and other sleep problems that we can apply to help individuals with OCD who are sleeping poorly. We will go over these treatments, which include sleep restriction training, stimulus control procedures, and nighttime mood management strategies.
After this lecture, registrants will be able to:
- Describe sleep and what poor sleep actually means.
- Define the most common sleep problem associated with OCD.
- Identify some basic behavioral strategies to help individuals with OCD sleep better.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common and often debilitating mental health condition characterized by unwanted intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and repeated distress-reducing behaviors (compulsions). Unfortunately, OCD is frequently misunderstood, misdiagnosed, and mistreated. This series of lectures will demystify OCD and related disorders and discuss the most effective protocols for helping those who suffer from them. Attendees new to or heavily experienced in treating OCD and related disorders will gain knowledge from the multiple perspectives provided. This unique format features six lectures from top experts in the field, scheduled across three sessions during the fall season. This series includes experts presenting on uncertainty acceptance in OCD treatment, sleep and OCD, process-based treatment of severe OCD and related disorders in for teens, similarities and differences in interventions for OCD and related disorders, current best practices for children and adolescents, and multimodal treatment of pediatric OCD at higher levels of care.
This series offers 9.0 contact hours for attending all three dates.
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