Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: An Introductory Online Course (October 2022)
Registration Deadline: October 17, 2022
This online course helps you understand and identify clinical features of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). It is led by renowned OCD expert and Harvard Medical School Professor Sabine Wilhelm, PhD. This course focuses on how to use effective assessment and treatment strategies for OCD in your practice.
OCD is the fourth most common mental illness. Patients often report high functional impairment and poor quality of life. OCD can be a challenge to properly diagnose. Other conditions present in similar ways, such as impulse control disorders. In order to help patients find wellness, it is essential to accurately differentiate OCD.
These skills are critical across all professions. Psychiatrists, primary care physicians, psychologists, social workers, and other frontline mental health professionals can benefit from taking this course. During this course, our faculty provide guidance on how to:
- Develop a personalized cognitive behavioral model for patients with OCD based upon a comprehensive assessment.
- Apply cognitive-, behavioral-, and acceptance-based skills to treat the different OCD symptom subtypes.
- Manage treatment interfering behaviors (such as homework noncompliance).
The course includes an array of role-play videos that illustrate techniques and uses self-assessments to measure and enhance your skills. You can also participate in live weekly call-in times and moderated discussion boards. This allows our faculty to provide direct feedback on all your clinical questions. All course content is 100% mobile-friendly and on-demand. You can complete assignments whenever and wherever your schedule allows!
Course materials are available beginning October 3, 2022 and all course work must be completed by November 7, 2022.
Presented in collaboration with:
Registration Deadline: October 17, 2022
Physicians and Doctoral-level Professionals: $445.00
Other Professionals: $345.00
Refunds will be issued for cancellation requests made during the first week of the course, but an administrative fee of $25.00 will be deducted from your refund. Cancellation requests made during the second week will receive a credit toward a future offering of the same course. No refunds or credits will be granted after October 17, 2022.
Week Start Date
Date of Q&A
Time of Q&A
Week 1: 10/3/2022
|10/06/2022||1:00PM EST||Sabine Wilhelm, PhD|
Week 2: 10/10/2022
|10/11/2022||1:30PM EST||Sabine Wilhelm, PhD|
Week 3: 10/17/2022
|10/20/2022||2:30PM EST||Sabine Wilhelm, PhD|
Week 4: 10/24/2022
|10/25/2022||3:00PM EST||Sabine Wilhelm, PhD|
This program is intended for:
- General and Family Practice Physicians
- Physician Assistants
- Social Workers
At the end of this program, participants will be able to:
- Develop a personalized cognitive behavioral model for patients with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Conduct a comprehensive assessment with patients with OCD
- Differentiate OCD from other psychiatric disorders with similar presentations
- Apply cognitive skills to treat common thinking errors in patients with OCD
- Use behavioral treatment strategies with patients with different OCD symptom subtypes
- Integrate acceptance-based skills into exposure therapy for OCD
- Address common pitfalls in the treatment of OCD (e.g., low motivation)
- Utilize empirically-based strategies for managing treatment-interfering behaviors that arise in the treatment of OCD
Participants must complete each week sequentially and while completing all components of each week to receive credit, including:
- Activity Overview
- Video Lecture
- Reading and Resources (required and optional)
- Q&A with Faculty
- Discussion Board
- Case Assessment
Understanding OCD, Clinical Features, Diagnosing OCD, Research on CBT for OCD, Treatment Overview
Case Conceptualization, Cognitive Interventions, Mindfulness
Hierarchy Development, Exposure, Response Prevention
Moving Forward, Behavioral Experiments, Core Beliefs, Avoiding Pitfalls, New Developments
- 10.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. McLean Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
McLean Hospital designates this Live activity for a maximum of 10.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
- 10.00 Nursing Contact Hours
Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 13, sections 13, 14, 14A, 15 and 15D and Chapter 112, sections 74 through 81C authorize the Board of Registration in Nursing to regulate nursing practice and education.
This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00) for 10.00 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit. Advance practice nurses, please note: Educational activities which meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) count towards 50% of the nursing requirement for ANCC accreditation.
- 10.00 Social Workers
The Collaborative of NASW, Boston College, and Simmons College Schools of Social Work authorizes social work continuing education credits for courses, workshops, and educational programs that meet the criteria outlined in 258 CMR of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Workers
This program has been approved for 10.00 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number D71189
- 10.00 Participation
This course allows other providers to claim a Participation Certificate upon successful completion of this course.
Participation Certificates will specify the title, location, type of activity, date of activity, and number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ associated with the activity. Providers should check with their regulatory agencies to determine ways in which AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ may or may not fulfill continuing education requirements. Providers should also consider saving copies of brochures, agenda, and other supporting documents.
- 10.00 Psychologists CE Credit
The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
This offering meets the criteria for 10.00 Continuing Education (CE) credits per presentation for psychologists.
Release Date: September 27, 2015
Expiration Date: February 2, 2023
Review Date: February 2, 2020 by Robert Althoff, MD, PhD
Sabine Wilhelm, PhD
David H. Rubin, MD, reviewer
Jane Pimental, MPH
Susan E. Sprich, PhD, psychologist reviewer
Sabine Wilhelm, PhD
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Relevant financial relationships
ACCME focuses on financial relationships with commercial interests in the 12-month period preceding the time that the individual is being asked to assume a role controlling content of the CME activity. ACCME has not set a minimal dollar amount for relationships to be significant. Inherent in any amount is the incentive to maintain or increase the value of the relationship. The ACCME defines “’relevant’ financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest.
Conflict of Interest
Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she has a financial relationship.
The following planners, speakers, and content reviewers, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, have reported financial relationships with an entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services (relevant to the content of this activity) consumed by, or used on, patients:
Susan Sprich, PhD
Royalties (Co-Author): Oxford University Press
Royalties (Co-Edited Book): Springer
Honoraria (Associate Editors): Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
All other individuals including course directors, planners, reviewers, faculty, staff, etc., who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity have, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, reported no financial relationships related to the content of this activity.
In accord with the disclosure policy of McLean Hospital as well as guidelines set forth by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education, all people in control of educational content, including speakers, course directors, planners, and reviewers, have been asked to disclose all financial relationships with ineligible companies for the past 24 months, as defined below:
The ACCME defines an “Ineligible company” as “those whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.” For more information, visit
Financial relationships are those relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit. Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected.
Mitigation of Financial Relationships
All financial relationships are reviewed to determine which ones are relevant, and then measures are taken to mitigate all relevant financial relationships and ensure that they do not insert commercial bias into the content of the education.
The following planners, speakers, content reviewers, and others in control of educational content have reported financial relationships with ineligible companies over the past 24 months. Measures have been taken to mitigate the impact of these financial relationships on the educational content and ensure that they do not insert commercial bias into the content of this education.
Sabine Wilhelm, PhD
Royalties: New Harbinger Publications; Guilford Publications; Oxford University Press; Springer
Research Grant/Scientific Advisory Board: Koa Health
Scientific Advisory Board: One-Mind PsyberGuide
Honoraria: Tourette Association of America and the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention
All other individuals in a position to control the content of this educational activity have reported no financial relationships with ineligible companies.
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