International OCD Training Program
Participants should have at least a master's degree in a mental health related field and some experience working with people with serious mental illness. Participants must also be proficient in English.
Before starting the training, participants should do the following:
- Read these manuals:
- Foa, E. B., Yadin, E., & Lichner, T. K. (2012). Exposure and Response (Ritual) Prevention for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Therapist Guide. Philadelphia: Oxford University Press.
- Yadin, E., Lichner, T. K., & Foa, E. B. (2012). Treating Your OCD with Exposure and Response (Ritual) Prevention: Workbook. Philadelphia: Oxford University Press.
- Williams, M. T. & Wetterneck, C. T. (in press). Sexual Obsessions in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: The definitive step-by-step guide for understanding, diagnosing, and effectively treating OCD. Oxford University Press.
- Prepare and submit a case conceptualization of an OCD client that includes:
- Relevant history
- Description of the problem and diagnoses
- Client strengths and resources
- Potential obstacles to treatment
- A detailed treatment plan
- Operationally-defined (measurable) goals
- Planned data collection to assess treatment efficacy over time for each goal
The training program will include online weekly group supervision of cases for one hour for six months (up to 6 people per group supervsion meeting). It will also include six concurrent 2-hour training sessions, as detailed below. Participants must have good internet service.
- Training Session 1: Each participant will introduce themselves and present their case conceptualization to the group for discussion.
- Training Session 2: Trainers will present basic facts about OCD, including prevalene, comorbidity, and treatment options.
- Training Session 3: Trainers will present on OCD symptom dimensions and subtypes.
- Training Session 4: Trainers will provide instruction on how collect basic clinical info from patients and how to use relevant self-report measures.
- Training Session 5: Trainers will provide instruction on how to administer the YBOCS-2.
- Training Session 6: Trainers will provide instruction on how to make a hierarchy and SUDS scale, and how to conduct exposures.
To receive a certificate, participants must attend all training sessions and participate fully in weekly supervision meetings. Participants will also need to successfully treat two people with OCD and demonstrate a strong grasp of concepts.