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  CBT for OCD training course

CBT for OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

CBT for OCD training is an APT-accredited 3-day course from one of the UK's leading providers of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy training courses. We bring the training to your own organisation, for maximum cost-effectiveness, and up to 15 people can attend. (2-day and online versions also available.)

Executive Summary:

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is where a person has an obsessive belief (for example that their hands are contaminated) and a compulsion to perform a behaviour that will relieve the distress (for example to wash their hands). Typically the obsessions and compulsions get more and more severe and may expand to include many facets of everyday life. Inevitably, therefore, this causes great distress to the sufferer and those around them, and the seeming inability to control their own behaviour simply results in additional distress and bewilderment. Usually, those with OCD realise that their behaviour is 'not normal' and this is a clear differentiator between obsessional beliefs and psychotic ones.

The aims of the course:

The aims are (a) to describe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, (b) to describe the theory which explains how OCD develops and (c) to cover the methods of treatment for OCD in a way that encourages delegates to use them subsequently.

The course covers:

  • What is OCD? Symptoms including: behavioural, biological, emotional, and cognitive symptoms.

  • Causes and maintaining factors of OCD.

  • A description of obsessions and compulsions and how they inter relate.

  • NICE guidelines for OCD and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD is a preoccupation with a perceived defect in ones appearance).

  • The NICE stepped care approach, both pharmacological and psychological/behavioural.

  • The measurement of OCD. In evidence based practice it is essential to obtain evidence from the patient, their friends and their relatives. Objective and subjective measures.

  • Exposure plus response prevention; its major role in OCD, how we do it, how anxiety decreases over time and how people with OCD need so much support and encouragement to carry on with the helpful treatment.

  • Helpful adjuncts to therapy: modelling, extended sessions, and more.

  • Psycho-education, patient-practice and differential reinforcement.

  • Key metaphors that are helpful in explanation and encouragement for people with OCD.

  • Social factors. Social factors are often implicated in OCD, so it is important to assess and address them.

  • The limited role of logical evidence based reasoning in OCD.

  • OCD and autistic spectrum disorders. A feature of ASD is the 'obsessionality' that frequently accompanies it. Can they be treated in the same way as other OCD cases?

  • Sexual obsessions and obsessions with previous partners. An examination of whether these can be treated in the same way as OCD obsessions.

  • Course methods include lectures, discussions, video material, case studies and practice exercises.

What you receive as a result of attending the course:

All delegates are registered at APT HQ as having attended the course, and receive a certificate to acknowledge their attendance and registration. As a bona fide APT event, this course automatically has accreditation from The Association for Psychological Therapies. This accreditation is given weight by the fact of over 100,000 professionals having attended APT training.

CBT Accreditation: Level 1

Upon completion of the 3-day course, delegates will receive Level 1 APT Accreditation in CBT.

How can I get more involved?

Bring the course to your organisation

Up to 15 people can attend this course, and we bring it to you for an all-inclusive fee.
The 3-day course costs £4,165 plus VAT and the 2-day course costs £2,985 plus VAT.

The fee covers all costs: the tutor, tutor's expenses (travel and accommodation), a workbook for every delegate, course evaluation (evaluation document returned to you), registration of all delegates on the APT database, individual certificates of attendance sent to each delegate after course attendance, certificate sent to you listing all who attended. You provide the teaching room, any refreshments you want to, and the delegates!

To arrange this course, email or call 0116 241 8331. We will be pleased to hear from you.

Study the course online:

Suitable for individuals or groups of professionals or whole departments / organisations. This course is available to study online - this is a great opportunity to obtain APT-quality input and develop your professional knowledge at a time that is convenient to you. For more information or to purchase this course online, click here.

Become a tutor for the course:

To achieve this you attend APT's School for Tutors; this is a 4-day course (Monday lunch to Friday lunch) held in Leicester, England. Successful graduation from the school enables you to tutor this and other courses in your own organisation, simultaneously saving your organisation half the course fee. If you are a senior clinician with a real flair for putting things across, then click here.

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APT Accreditation

As a bona fide APT event, this course automatically has accreditation from The Association for Psychological Therapies. This means (i) that it contains the right amount of relevant information for its duration, and (ii) the information is presented in an engaging way, and in a way that will make it likely to be used after the course.

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  CBT for OCD feedback  

Average Presentation Rating: 93%*

Feedback Rating

Average Relevance Rating: 95%*

Feedback Rating

*These statistics are based on the last 10 courses and were updated in August 2015.

"This course was hugely beneficial for me both in practice and in my counselling work. Very enjoyable and well presented. Thank you."

Course Delegate

"Excellently presented. Loved the variation of exercises, lectures, videos, role plays etc. Fab!!"

Course Delegate

"I found the courses very interesting and came away with lots of useful information. The presenter was excellent. Thank you."

Course Delegate

"Very well presented, informative and engaging. Subject matter is pertinent and I have learned some very good techniques to take back to my place of work and apply to clients suffering with OCD and anxiety. A good mix/balance of theory, role play, quiz, group discussion, personal reflection and feedback. Thank you.”

Course Delegate

"Really enjoyed this training, it was well structured and relevant to my line of work. I now have a better understanding of OCD and applying CBT as a form of treatment.”

Malgorzata Glowala, RMN

"Very enjoyable and informative course. I feel I have learnt a lot and it will be very beneficial in practice.”

Janet Cutajar, CMHN

"Well structured and well presented course. Excellent facilitator, lovely manner, good/great humour, able to draw on her own current practice which is very helpful. Really enjoyed the course, the facilitator was great - very encouraging, supportive and clear about techniques and model.”

Louise Leach, Mental Health Social Worker


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