Intensive Workshop on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP)

Workshop Description: The OCD and Anxiety Center of Minnesota is hosting an intensive workshop on OCD and Exposures and Response Prevention Therapy, the primary modality of OCD treatment. This workshop provides a comprehensive understanding of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and its various subtypes. Participants will learn evidence-based assessment techniques, treatment strategies, and practical implementation of Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP). The workshop also covers cognitive skills, core belief modification, and adjunct therapies to enhance OCD treatment. Attendees will gain the knowledge and tools necessary to effectively diagnose, treat, and support clients with OCD, including those with treatment-resistant symptoms.

Presenter: Erin Venker, MA, LPCC

  • Describe the epidemiology, clinical presentation, and differential diagnoses associated with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
  • Conduct a comprehensive assessment and diagnose individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder using empirically supported measures.

  • Describe the psychological, pharmacological treatment, and alternative methods for treatment resistant OCD (eg. Transcaniel magnetic stimulation, deep brain stimulation, and surgery).

  • Describe the various subtypes of OCD, how they manifest, and strategies for effective treatment.

  • Describe principles, rationale, and goals of Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP) for the treatment of OCD.

  • Assess client readiness for ERP therapy.

  • Implement ERP techniques to reduce symptoms of OCD.

  • Prepare and implement various types of exposures in ERP (eg. in-vivo, imaginal, and interoceptive exposures).

  • Demonstrate the use of interoceptive therapy.

  • Construct and implement an in-vivo exposure hierarchy.

  • Conduct imaginal exposure to feared consequences.

  • Demonstrate use of ERP in the treatment of the OCD subtypes.

  • Apply cognitive skills to treat common distorted thinking patterns in individuals with OCD.

  • Identify and effectively modify a patient’s core beliefs.

  • Address common pitfalls and client treatment resistant behaviors in the treatment of OCD.

  • Formulate treatment termination and relapse prevention plans with clients.

  • Discuss how and when to modify ERP techniques to tailor the therapy to the individual (e.g., developmental issues, comorbid conditions).

  • Employ adjunct therapies to enhance OCD treatment (eg. Mindfulness, ACT, DBT, Self-compassion).

  • All PowerPoint slides
  • YBOCS scale

  • CYBOCS scale

  • The OCD Cycle

  • Habituation Graph

  • Obsessions Checklist

  • Compulsions Checklist

  • What is OCD?

  • Types of OCD

  • Track your OCD Symptoms

  • Self-Compassion

  • Rumination

  • Observing and Describing Your Emotional Reaction to OCD

  • Motivation for Treatment

  • Radical Acceptance

  • OCD Distortions

  • Coping Ahead

  • Interoceptive Exposures

  • Downward Arrow to Core Fear

  • Creating an Exposure Script

  • Creating a Hierarchy

  • Change Body Chemistry

  • Mindfulness for OCD

  • Mindfulness of Emotions

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Cancellation Policy: Registered attendees that request to cancel will receive full monetary credit towards another workshop.

Our workshops are designed to offer in-depth training on OCD and ERP. To ensure the maximum benefit for all participants, we kindly request that attendees plan to participate in the entire workshop duration. Continuing Education (CE) hours will be provided exclusively to those who complete the full workshop. Upon completion of the training, participants will receive a certificate of completion.