Melanie Smith is presenting three CE courses
Join us for these events and earn the Obsessive-Compulsive Counseling Certificate (OCDCC)
Live Webinars held January 19 through February 2
Up to 18 CE hours available for behavioral health clinicians
This training program offers a bundle of three courses and the Obsessive-Compulsive Counseling Certificate (OCDCC).
This comprehensive OCD Training Certificate Program will provide an in-depth examination of the etiological and maintaining factors of OCD. As OCD often co-occurs with other mental health conditions, this training will provide training on differential diagnosis, as well as guidance on how to develop comprehensive treatment plans when individuals experience co-morbid OCD, including the use of exposure and response prevention (ERP).
Review of current literature and case examples will highlight the treatment challenges including ethical considerations, possible medical complications, recidivism rates, fair treatment projection, and potential long lengths of stay in treatment.
Additionally, the adaptations and considerations for provided quality care in a way that is both trauma-informed and culturally sensitive will be emphasized. This intensive training certificate will provide clinicians with evidence-based and practical tools to effectively and competently work with individuals with OCD in various treatment settings.
Earning a certification, credential, or certificate in a specialty validates your knowledge and expertise and demonstrates your commitment to providing high-quality, evidence-based treatment. Upon completing the program, you'll receive your Obsessive-Compulsive Counseling Certificate (OCDCC) to be added to your existing credentials.
Enrollment in the 3-webinar bundle is available for a discounted fee and includes the OCDCC
Earning the Obsessive-Compulsive Counseling Certificate (OCDCC) requires completion of three courses. Registration for individual live events can be made individually, or as a discounted three-course bundle. Please contact our support team for details or to inquire about your progress toward earning the OCDCC.
Individual event registration is also available:
January 19, 2024
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.
- 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.
January 26, 2024
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a complex condition, and the severity of symptoms can vary widely from person to person. The pervasive nature of the disorder, as well as complicating factors such as co-occurring mental health conditions, can lead to clinician anxiety and uncertainty about how to best proceed with treatment. Therefore, comprehensive training in utilizing evidence-based strategies is crucial to ensuring that individuals with OCD receive the best quality of care possible.
This presentation will provide an overview of the existing evidence-based treatments for OCD and related disorders, with an in-depth look at Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), which has long been considered the gold standard for treatment. Clinicians will receive intensive training on the theoretical principles of new learning through exposure, will learn how to develop individualized exposure hierarchies to best target OCD symptoms, and will be given direct guidance on how to provide exposure opportunities in a variety of treatment settings. Reviews of the literature indicate that ERP combined with psychotropic medications may improve outcomes; therefore, an overview of the psychopharmacological treatment of OCD, as well as recommendations for multidisciplinary collaboration, will be provided.
- Explain the rationale for utilizing emotional exposure strategies for the management of OCD symptoms.
- Describe two theoretical principles of exposure.
- Create an individualized exposure hierarchy using a sample case.
- Discuss the benefits and challenges of incorporating psychopharmacological interventions for individuals with OCD.
February 2, 2024
OCD is a highly heterogeneous disorder that can affect individuals of all ages, genders, and racial/ethnic backgrounds. Individuals with OCD may have a wide range of obsessions and compulsions, some of which can be caused by or exacerbated by lived experiences, making it challenging to tailor treatment to each person's specific needs. What works for one person with OCD may not work for another, and understanding and accounting for cultural and systemic factors are necessary for removing barriers to accessing care, preventing re-traumatization, and improving treatment outcomes.
This presentation makes the case for trauma-informed, individualized, and culturally sensitive treatment for OCD. The training will assist clinicians in tailoring treatment to the unique characteristics and contexts in which a person lives, and considerations for adapting treatment for a wide range of patient populations, including children and pregnant individuals, will be explored. Ethics and boundaries, the therapeutic relationship, and the benefits of ongoing supervision and consultation will be emphasized.
- List at least two adaptations required for treating children with OCD.
- Describe at least one unique consideration of treating perinatal OCD.
- Identify at least two intersectional factors that should be considered when individualizing OCD treatment.
- Apply the principles of trauma-informed care to exposure-based treatment for OCD.
Up to 18 CEs available when completing all three courses (A no CE option is also available)
Details for those enrolled and earning CEs:
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Register for the webinar by midnight before the event. So that we can provide you these CEs, you are required to:
- login and access the direct link to the webinar through your account
- participate fully during the event
- complete a post-test and course evaluation at the conclusion of the event
- collect your certificate of completion on your account after steps 1-3 are completed
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PhD, LMHC, CEDS-S
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).