Mastering OCD: A Journey Through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Beyond



Welcome to “Mastering OCD: A Journey Through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Beyond”

Instructed by Dr. Wendy Castelino, this course is designed to embark you on an enlightening journey into understanding and managing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) using a blend of scientific insight and therapeutic strategies. Whether you’re a mental health professional seeking to enhance your therapeutic skills, a student of psychology eager to learn about OCD and its treatments, or an individual directly or indirectly affected by OCD, this course offers valuable knowledge and practical tools to navigate the complexities of OCD.

Course Overview:

  • Module 1: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Dive into the world of OCD, understanding its nuances, symptoms, and the impact it has on individuals’ lives. This module sets the foundation for the rest of the course by providing a comprehensive overview of OCD.
  • Module 2: Why is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Effective for OCD? – Explore the principles of CBT and its efficacy in treating OCD. Learn why CBT is considered one of the most effective treatment modalities for managing OCD symptoms.
  • Module 3: Your Fight or Flight System – Unravel the biological underpinnings of anxiety and its fight or flight response, and understand how these natural reactions are heightened in OCD.
  • Module 4: The Role of Mindfulness – Discover how mindfulness can be a powerful tool in managing OCD, helping individuals to remain present and reduce the impact of intrusive thoughts.
  • Module 5: Graded Exposure – Learn about the graded exposure technique, a step-by-step approach to confronting fears in a controlled and gradual manner, reducing the anxiety associated with specific obsessions.
  • Module 6: Rules and Applications of ERP – Delve into Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), a cornerstone of CBT for OCD, and understand the guidelines for its effective application.
  • Module 7: Pitfalls and Obstacles to ERP – Identify common challenges and obstacles in implementing ERP and strategies to overcome these hurdles, ensuring successful treatment outcomes.
  • Module 8: How to Identify Your Thinking Habits – Gain insights into recognizing and understanding your thinking patterns, a critical step in addressing cognitive distortions associated with OCD.
  • Module 9: How to Challenge Your Negative Thoughts – Develop skills to challenge and change negative thought patterns, a vital component of cognitive restructuring within CBT.
  • Module 10: Relapse Prevention – Conclude the course with strategies for maintaining progress, preventing relapse, and supporting long-term management of OCD.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will have gained a deep understanding of OCD, mastered the principles of CBT and other therapeutic strategies for OCD management, and acquired the skills to apply these techniques effectively, either in a professional setting or in managing personal experiences with OCD.

Join us on this transformative journey to understand the complexities of OCD and learn how to empower yourself and others towards a path of recovery and resilience.


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