Enhancing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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CE Credit: 3

Length: 3 hours

Exam Items: 10

Closed captioning provided.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) consisting of exposure and ritual prevention (EX/RP) is a highly effective treatment for individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). However, some patients are not helped by this treatment or experience only a minimal reduction in symptoms. Factors that often interfere with EX/RP include poor treatment adherence, comorbid depression, ruptures in the therapeutic alliance, and impaired insight. This workshop will train therapists to implement standard EX/RP and help them to devise individualized treatment modifications to meet the needs of patients at risk for poor therapy outcomes. This workshop is interactive, and participants will learn concrete skills. Original webcast date: March 16, 2018. 

Learning Objective 1
Describe the basics of EX/RP for OCD

Learning Objective 2
Identify factors associated with poor EX/RP outcomes

Learning Objective 3
Explain how to adapt and augment standard EX/RP to address these issues

Presenter: Michael G. Wheaton, PhD


Dr. Wheaton is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Barnard College and adjunct Clinical Researcher in the Center for OCD and Related Disorders, Columbia Psychiatry. He received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill and is a licensed psychologist in New York State. His research interests focus on the psychopathology and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and OCD-related disorders, with a particular emphasis on behavioral therapy. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed research articles in this area and received research funding from the International OCD Foundation and NIH Loan Repayment Program. 

Supplementary Materials

  • PowerPoint Presentation
  • Workshop Schedule
  • Patient EX/RP Adherence Scale (PEAS)
  • References