How to Identify and Effectively Treat Patients with OCD

On average, it can take an individual with OCD up to 17 years from the onset of symptoms to receive a proper diagnosis and begin receiving effective treatment (iocdf.org/professionals/).  


After the completion of the training, participants will be able to understand and implement the Cognitive Behavioral framework as related to OCD, including Pure O. Participants will also be able to effectively assess for OCD, as well as develop effective treatment plans using exposure and response prevention (ERP). In addition to the above, participants will be able to effectively assess for and implement strategies for working with family members of the individual with OCD in order to facilitate effective treatment.


When: Saturday, May 4, 2019

Where: Comfort Inn Syosset (24 Oak Dr, Syosset)

Time: 9:30a-4:00p

CEUs: 6 (NYS LMSWs and LCSWs)

Cost: Individual Rate: $150 ($125 if registered by 4/1/19), 3+ Group Rate: $115 per person)

Educational Objectives:

Introduction to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), including Pure O.

Explore the latest research discoveries.

Learn an overview of empirically supported treatment modalities to treat OCD.

Plan and prepare to implement interventions using the Cognitive Behavioral framework.

Identify OCD & comorbid symptoms in various patient populations, i.e. children, adolescents, adults.

Recognize the importance of, and conduct, differential diagnosis when assessing patients.

Analyze the process of exposure therapy in the treatment of OCD.

Apply the empirically supported principles to various case conceptualizations of OCD.

Utilize various tools including the Y-BOCS/Overvalued Ideas Scale in order to develop appropriate treatment plans.

Formulate OCD treatment hierarchies.

Develop multiple, concurrent hierarchies where indicated, as well as discern which symptoms to target first.

Assess the roles of family members in accommodating the symptoms of OCD, as well as their potential treatment-interfering behaviors.

Plan and implement various forms of exposure, in-vivo/imaginal.

Manage barriers to successful treatment/develop plan for relapse prevention.



About the Presenter:

Christine M. Newman, PhD earned her Masters and Doctorate in clinical psychology from Hofstra University. Dr. Newman completed her internship as well as her post-doctoral training at a private clinic specializing in intensive outpatient treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Newman is the co-founder of Mid Island Psychology Associates, PLLC, which is a practice which specializes in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders. The practice offers intensive treatment options for individuals diagnosed with OCD and related disorders. She currently provides individual therapy for children, adolescents, and adults utilizing Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Her clinical expertise encompasses a wide range of problems including anxiety and mood disorders, more specifically obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders, panic disorder, eating disorders and personality disorders.


Dr. Newman has been intensively trained as a DBT therapist through the Linehan Institute, and has completed many trainings and workshops in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She has obtained extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy as well as exposure and response prevention. Aside from her research and clinical practice, Dr. Newman has taught various courses in psychology. Clinical interests include using empirically supported modalities such as CBT, DBT, and ACT for anxiety, mood and personality disorders. She maintains a special interest in using in-vivo and imaginal exposure therapies in order to treat obsessive compulsive disorder. 

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