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Etiology, Assessment and Diagnosis of OCD

Join us for a Live Webinar on January 19, 2024 from 10am-5pm EST
6 CE hours available for behavioral health clinicians

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition characterized by obsessions (repetitive, intrusive, and distressing thoughts) and compulsions (repetitive behaviors or mental acts performed in response to the obsessions) that has a profound impact on functioning and quality of life. While much of the internal process of OCD is unseen or hidden, it is important for clinicians to understand the etiological factors that influence the development and maintenance of OCD. As OCD often co-occurs with other mental health conditions, it can be useful to learn how to differentiate the myriad of symptoms of OCD from other disorders with overlapping symptom presentations.

This presentation will provide a review of the literature surrounding the etiological and environmental risk factors for the development of OCD, as well as the maintenance of its symptoms. Direct guidance on early intervention and how to best educate clients and their loved ones on the condition, as well as key management strategies, will also be provided. Assessment tools, strategies for clinical interviews, and diagnostic criteria will be explored, including an opportunity for participants to practice differential diagnosis using complex case examples.

 Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the heritability of OCD.
  • List at least two environmental factors that impact the development of OCD.
  • Identify the diagnostic criteria for OCD, including rule-outs for the condition.
  • Assess clients for overlapping symptom presentations and differentiate OCD from other diagnoses.
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Melanie Smith

Melanie Smith, PhD, LMHC, CEDS-S, is the Director of Training for The Renfrew Center for Eating Disorders. In this role, she provides ongoing training, supervision and consultation to clinicians across disciplines for the purpose of continually assessing and improving competence in the treatment of eating disorders.

Dr. Smith is co-author of The Renfrew Unified Treatment for Eating Disorders and Comorbidity Therapist Guide and Workbook (Oxford University Press), is a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist and Approved Supervisor, and is a Certified Therapist and Trainer for the Unified Protocol for the Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders (UP).

In addition to her work with the Renfrew Center, Dr. Smith maintains a telehealth private practice specializing in the supervision and consultation of registered mental health counselor interns (Florida) and individuals seeking eating disorder specialist certification through the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp).