Psychological Treatment of OCD: Effective and Practical Strategies - Martin Antony





8 & 9 July 2022 Live & On Demand


UK: 17:00 – 20:00 on both days
North America: 12:00 – 15:00 ET / 9:00 – 12:00 PT on both days

CPD & CE credits available: 6
Live NBCC credits: 6 (TBC for on-demand attendees)

TRAINING information

This online training is streaming live on the 8th & 9th July 2022.

The digital recording will be released to all participants on the 12th July. The recording and associated resources will then be accessible through your Essential Therapy Training account for 365 days.


Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common condition associated with unwanted thoughts, images, or urges (obsessions) and repeated behaviours aimed at reducing anxiety or preventing danger (compulsions). Examples of common obsessions include intrusions concerning contamination, doubting one’s actions or experiences, aggressive thoughts, religious thoughts, and sexual thoughts. Common compulsions include excessive washing, checking, and counting, as well as repeated actions, words, thoughts, phrases, or prayers. People with OCD also typically avoid situations, objects, or mental experiences that trigger their anxiety and intrusions. This workshop will provide an overview of effective strategies for treating OCD.

This presentation will include a detailed discussion of exposure and response prevention – the gold standard behavioral treatment for OCD.  Participants will learn how to plan exposure practices, including presenting the treatment rationale and developing an effective exposure hierarchy. Best practices in exposure therapy will be discussed, including the latest recommendations based on inhibitory learning approaches. Strategies for preventing compulsive rituals will also be discussed.  Some of the questions that will be answered include: What’s the difference between an OCD ritual and a helpful coping strategy? When it comes to exposure therapy, how far is too far? Can exposure make someone’s anxiety worse?  What is the best way to structure exposure practices?  How does one adapt exposure practices during a pandemic?

Participants will also learn about effective cognitive strategies for OCD, including how to help client to identify cognitive targets for intervention, and why it is important to help clients to challenge meta-cognitions rather than their intrusions and obsessional thoughts. Participants will learn about the cognitive model of OCD and how to use a variety of cognitive strategies, such as experiments, thought records, and surveys to change OCD-related thinking. Some of the questions that will be answered include: When using cognitive strategies, how can I avoid providing reassurance in a way that helps to maintain the OCD? How can I develop a cognitive case formulation for my client’s OCD? What is “thought-action fusion?”

In addition, participants will learn how to distinguish OCD from related problems, including obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, anxiety disorders, and disorders associated with impulsivity. They will also learn about current approaches to understanding OCD, including what causes and maintains OCD over time. Evidence-based approaches to OCD assessment will also be discussed. The workshop will also discuss key treatment decisions and modalities (e.g., group vs. individual treatment; combining psychological treatment with medication; intensive treatments; clinician-supported self-help, culturally adapted CBT for OCD).  Mindfulness, and acceptance-based approaches will also be discussed. Finally, methods for enhancing motivation and engagement will be reviewed. Participants will receive a detailed list of resources.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe best practices in the assessment of OCD
  2. Describe evidence-based behavioural strategies for treating OCD, such as exposure and response prevention
  3. Describe effective cognitive strategies for treating OCD, such as cognitive restructuring and experiments
  4. Describe emerging mindfulness and acceptance-based strategies for OCD
  5. Describe strategies for resolving ambivalence and promoting engagement


Rough Schedule (Times in US East Coast Time)

Friday July 8, 2022

12:00 pm  – Start

12:00 – 1:30 pm  – Overview of OCD; Psychological models of OCD; Assessment of OCD; Introduction to exposure-based strategies

1:30 – 1:45 pm  – Break

1:45 – 3:00 pm  – Exposure and response prevention; Introduction to cognitive strategies

3:00 pm  – Finish

Saturday July 9, 2022

12:00 pm  – Start

12:00 – 1:30 pm  – Cognitive strategies, continued; Treating OCD in groups; Mindfulness and acceptance-based treatments

1:30 – 1:45 pm  – Break

1:45 – 3:00 pm  – Adapting treatment for children; combining CBT and medications; clinician-supported self-help; culturally adapted CBT; motivational enhancement strategies

3:00 pm  – Finish

About the Speaker

Dr. Martin M. Antony is professor in the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University and provincial clinical and training lead for the Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Program. Previously, he was founding director of both the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic and the Psychology Residency Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.  He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a past president of the Canadian Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He has published 33 books and over 300 scientific articles and chapters in areas related to cognitive behavior therapy and anxiety-related disorders. He has given more than 425 presentations to audiences across four continents, and has been interviewed, featured, or quoted more than 450 times in various print, radio, television, and online media outlets, including the CBC, Chatelaine Magazine, CNN, CTV, the Globe and Mail, National Post, New York Times, O (Oprah) Magazine, Prevention Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Scientific American Mind, Toronto Star,USA Today, Washington Post, and many others.


CPD & CE credits available: 6

Live NBCC credits: 6 (TBC for on-demand attendees)

How do I receive these credits? The participant must pass the multiple-choice test with a minimum score of 80%. There is a maximum of three attempts to achieve this. The post-test is included in the price of the training.

Does my regulatory body accept the credits? The CPD & CE credits awarded can be used towards your declaration to any governing regulatory body in your state or country, provided the content is relevant to your discipline.

Our trainings are accredited by:

  • The CPD Group, London
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
  • Australian Counselling Association

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Psychological Treatment of OCD: Effective and Practical Strategies - Martin Antony

8 & 9 July 2022 Live & On Demand

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